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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 save energy, block outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are many patio door models to pick from.

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

Not confident of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Scottsdale can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Scottsdale showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the options. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing 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 barely or fully—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

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

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series showcases the most wanted 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 Scottsdale 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 been given ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

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 Scottsdale.

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 simple to use. They conveniently 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 remain fixed 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 neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between multiple 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.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Scottsdale Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with 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 models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many smart and energy-saving options for the weather in Scottsdale.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give an extensive view of the the outdoors.

Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exceptional wood furniture style.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Scottsdale. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in rich 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 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 durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

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

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure 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 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 energy costs. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the season.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our Scottsdale 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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