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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 add to your view and indoor-outdoor living area.

It can also help use less energy, limit outdoor noise and become the center of attention in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door models to choose from.

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 Indianapolis can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

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

You can decide how wide to open them—just a crack or completely—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass hold on to 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 clearance 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 constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Indianapolis can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make 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 fantastic value.

Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Indianapolis 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 been given ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on utility bills. And keep your home more pleasant all year long.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are easy to use. They conveniently 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 engaged on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which can open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which tuck away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from 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 locations.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Indianapolis Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.

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 climate in Indianapolis.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need extra 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 highlight exquisite wood furniture detailing.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Indianapolis. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from virtually limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive 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 innovative.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have outstanding 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 flexible design features and options to deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, low-maintenance vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient doors will look good for years. Bid farewell 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 achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on utility costs. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our Indianapolis 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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