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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 enhance your view and indoor-outdoor living area.

It can also help save energy, block outdoor noise and serve as a centerpiece in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are many patio door models to browse through.

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 Portsmouth can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Portsmouth 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?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open all the way for an unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to allow cool breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass hold on to the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to totally 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 collections. Our professionals at Pella of Portsmouth 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 great value.

See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Portsmouth showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real life. Customize them with useful 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 costs. 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 provides many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Portsmouth.

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 wide panels are easy to use. They smoothly stack against each other or tuck discreetly 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 slide away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between 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 suitable for cold, wet climates.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Portsmouth Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy costs. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Portsmouth. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 have exceptional 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 deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that enhance 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 energy bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the season.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or drop by our Portsmouth 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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