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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, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are many patio door styles 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 Des Moines can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Des Moines 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?

Discover 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 larger. It lets in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to allow cool breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass catch the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to completely open—specifically 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® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Des Moines 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 popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real 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 product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Des Moines.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed 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 tuck away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose 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.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy expenses. 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 delivers many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Des Moines.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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 minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Des Moines. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 convenient.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide exceptional 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to create the style you’re looking for.

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 performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient 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 utility bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the weather.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our Des Moines 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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