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How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors

How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors

The right patio door can add to your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.

It can also help use less energy, block outdoor noise and turn into the center of attention in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are numerous patio door types to browse through.

Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.

Not sure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Gaithersburg can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Gaithersburg showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the possibilities. We can make almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Discover more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors open all the way for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It lets in ample natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to allow refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass catch the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to completely open—specifically for doors that open inward.

They can open wider than a single-panel sliding door. A sliding door can only open to one side. It’s also restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Gaithersburg can help you define your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series highlights the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Gaithersburg showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday life. Customize them with useful integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have earned ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy expenses. And keep your home cozier all year long.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Gaithersburg.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening space of any style of patio door.

These broad panels are not hard to use. They conveniently stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the ability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which fold away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from several door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also appropriate for cold, wet climates.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Gaithersburg Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. And keep your home cozier no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Gaithersburg.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a wide view of the the outdoors.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Gaithersburg. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in brilliant patinas and other traditional finishes.

Add self-closing InView™ or Rolscreen® retractable screen door options to make your new patio doors more convenient.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide exceptional performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are made with Duracast®. This material is the strongest, most durable material available for patio doors.2

This patented fiberglass is highly energy efficient. It’s also able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to create the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors work with almost any budget.

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to painting with easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that enhance your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on utility bills. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Gaithersburg.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or visit our Gaithersburg showroom.

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1Some Pella products may not meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines in Canada. For more information, contact your local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca.
2In testing performed in accordance with ASTM testing standards, Pella's Duracast® has displayed superior performance in strength, ability to withstand extreme heat and cold, and resistance to dents and scratches. Special shape windows are made from a non-Duracast fiberglass composite.

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