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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 accentuate your view and indoor-outdoor space.

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

But beginning a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are numerous patio door types to pick from.

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 Eau Claire can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Eau Claire showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the choices. We can create almost any door you’re envisioning.

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 swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to allow fresh breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to completely open—especially 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 constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Eau Claire can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

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

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered 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 utility costs. And keep your home cozier year-round.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Eau Claire.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

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

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the capability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which tuck away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between various door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also acceptable for cold, wet areas.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Eau Claire Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling expenses. 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 and energy-saving options for the weather in Eau Claire.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad view of the your surroundings.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Eau Claire. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in rich 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 offer exceptional performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

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

This patented fiberglass is exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure smooth performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.

These resilient doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-to-care-for 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 heating and cooling bills. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Eau Claire 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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