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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 combined spaces.

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

But taking on a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door models 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 Cape Cod can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Cape Cod showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to go over all the choices. We can make almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out 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 larger. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just a crack or fully—to wecome fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass capture the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to fully open—particularly for doors that open inward.

They can open wider 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Cape Cod 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 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 Cape Cod showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for everyday life. Customize them with useful 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 cozier all year long.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Cape Cod.

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 expansive panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or tuck discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the ability 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.

Decide between various door models 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 locations.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Cape Cod Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with 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

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility bills. And keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a wide view of the the outdoors.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Cape Cod. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in brilliant 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 outstanding performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are created with Duracast®. This material is the strongest, most durable material available for patio doors.2

This patented fiberglass is especially energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to deliver the style you’re hoping 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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure easy operation.

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. Say goodbye to painting with easy-care vinyl frames that complement 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 bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Cape Cod.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Cape Cod 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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