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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 save energy, reduce outdoor noise and turn into a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door types to browse through.

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

Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Murray can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Murray showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to consider all the possibilities. We can build almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open all the way for an unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a crack or all the way—to wecome fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

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

They can open more fully 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® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Murray can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

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

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday life. Customize them with available 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 cozier year-round.

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

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 broad 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 put until easily moved 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 fold away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from multiple 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 locations.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Murray Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling costs. And keep your home more comfortable all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer an extensive view of the the scenery.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Murray. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in rich patinas and other classic finishes.

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

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

This patented fiberglass is especially energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping for.

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 operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

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

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

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

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our Murray 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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