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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 centerpiece in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are numerous patio door types to choose from.

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

Not sure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Salt Lake City can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Salt Lake City showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to review all the choices. We can create 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 swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It lets in plenty of natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a crack or all the way—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass catch the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to completely 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Salt Lake City can help you figure out your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

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

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for your 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 heating and cooling expenses. 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 provides many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Salt Lake City.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together 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 have the capability 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.

Select from several door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

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

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Salt Lake City Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella offers 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 expenses. And keep your home cozier 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 climate in Salt Lake City.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a broad view of the the scenery.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need additional 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 exceptional wood furniture style.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Salt Lake City. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from virtually limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in brilliant patinas and other traditional 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 offer 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 flexible design features and options to create the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate 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 performance.

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-care 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 expenses. It can also keep your home more comfortable 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 innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Salt Lake City.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Salt Lake City 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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