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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 enhance your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.

It can also help conserve energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are many patio door styles to choose from.

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

Unsure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Lafayette can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Lafayette showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to go over all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to allow cool breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass catch the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® showcases traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Lafayette can help you figure out your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series showcases the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Lafayette showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

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

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have received ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy costs. And keep your home more pleasant 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 smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Lafayette.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening width of any kind of patio door.

These wide panels are easy to use. They smoothly stack against each other or tuck out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily engaged 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 slide away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from various door styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

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

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Lafayette Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas 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 energy bills. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many innovative and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Lafayette.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer an extensive view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need extra floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight fine wood furniture design.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Lafayette. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in vivid patinas and other classic 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 have excellent performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors use 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 versatile design features and options to create the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, easy-care vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that match your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy expenses. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the weather.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

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