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3 Things to Look for in Sliding Patio Doors

3 Things to Look for in Sliding Patio Doors

Whether you’re replacing a homeowner’s existing patio door or finding the right solution for their dream home, recognizing how to choose a sliding patio door is crucial. Let’s compare the styles, materials and features so you can help your clients make the best possible decision for their home.

1. Style

There are two kinds of sliding patio doors: sliding glass and multi-panel. Each style opens differently and has varying space requirements.

Sliding Glass Patio Doors

Sliding glass patio doors usually have two panels: one that’s fixed and a moveable one on a track. They’re one of the most popular styles because they complement a variety of home styles. Select product lines even come with 3- or 4-panel options.

Multi-Panel Patio Doors

Multi-panel patio doors have three or more panels that slide or fold away when open. Because of the panel size, these doors are better for big homes with plenty of wall space.

They come in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide—remains fixed until easily engaged on rollers.
  • Multi-slide—opens to one side or in the middle.
  • Bifold—tucks away neatly when open.

2. Material

There are three primary materials for sliding glass patio doors: vinyl, fiberglass and wood.


Vinyl is a useful material because of its affordability, energy efficiency and low maintenance.

We make our vinyl patio doors from an exclusive, performance-tested formula that ensures long-lasting beauty. You won’t have to paint, stain or refinish it. In fact, even dings and scratches on the frame are nearly invisible with solid color throughout the vinyl frame.

When you want to make a statement, there are dual-color frames. Select a different exterior color to pair with your white interior patio door frame.


Fiberglass is naturally strong and durable. It also won’t rot or corrode. This makes it an ideal choice for climates with extreme heat or cold.

Our exclusive proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for patio doors.1 It won’t expand, contract or become brittle. We finish it with a heavy-duty powder coat that resists chalking and fading. This keeps your sleek patio doors beautiful with less maintenance.


Wood is one of the most loved patio door materials thanks to its beauty, warmth and energy efficiency. It’s also highly customizable so your clients can design a unique patio door that highlights their style and home.

Our patio doors feature exclusive advanced protection, both inside and out. EnduraGuard® protects wood from moisture and rot as well as mold and mildew stains. It can even stand up to termites. Low-maintenance EnduraClad® aluminum exteriors resist fading and chalking.

3. Features

Your clients can customize our patio doors with solutions that simplify everyday life. These features include grilles, hardware, screens, trim options and custom design.


Whether you’re working with a historic home or new construction, grilles help doors stand out and complement architectural style. Your clients will enjoy the look of individual panes of glass and improved energy efficiency. Keeping them clean is simple with our removable or between-the-glass grilles.


Your clients can demonstrate their style with color-matched or upgraded finishes from Baldwin®, the #1 premium hardware brand. With multipoint locking and SmartKey® Re-Key Technology, Baldwin hardware is as functional as it is beautiful.


Screens might seem like a minor detail, but at Pella, we’ve thought of everything. This includes self-closing screens and the Rolscreen® retractable screen, which tucks away when not in use.

Trim Option

With interior and exterior trim options, you’ll be able to complement your clients’ architectural style and décor. Our interior trim for patio doors is manufactured from beautiful and sturdy pine or oak wood. Choose from unfinished, painted or stained trim.

Custom Design

Sometimes you prefer a custom solution for a sliding patio door. If you can dream it, our team can build it. This includes extra-wide and extra-tall styles, custom shapes and custom colors.

Get a Quote for Your Sliding Patio Door Project Today

At Pella of Eau Claire, we’re a dedicated partner that professionals like you can trust. When you’re looking for the right sliding patio door for your project, our team can pair you with the right solution. Call us at 715-836-9301 or stop by our showroom to get your free quote today.

1Pella’s proprietary fiberglass material has displayed superior strength over wood, vinyl, aluminum, wood/plastic composites, and other fiberglass materials used by leading national brands in tensile and 3-point bend tests performed in accordance with ASTM D638 and D790 testing standards.

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