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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 serve as a focal point in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There a lot of patio door types to choose from.

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 Newport can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open for an unimpeded 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 completely—to allow refreshing 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 floor space to fully open—especially 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

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

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real life. Customize them with available integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have earned ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on utility expenses. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are easy to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously 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 can open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which fold away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from several door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications are available.

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

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient models 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 energy bills. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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

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 more floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase exquisite wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Newport. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost unlimited 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 provide 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate premium, easy-care vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors work with 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 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 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 weather in Newport.

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 visit our Newport 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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