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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 living area.

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

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

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

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

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out more about the different options 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 bigger. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass catch the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to fully open—particularly 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Baltimore 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 desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

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

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

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening space of any model of patio door.

These expansive panels are easy to use. They smoothly stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily moved 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 tuck away nicely.

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 functions are available.

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

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Baltimore Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility 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 offers many smart and energy-saving options for the climate in Baltimore.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer a wide view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door operates 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 showcase exquisite wood furniture style.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Baltimore. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in brilliant patinas and other timeless 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 outstanding 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to achieve the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

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

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver simple operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These durable doors will look good for years. There’s no need for 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 earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on heating and cooling costs. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many smart and energy-saving options for the weather in Baltimore.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Baltimore 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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