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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 space.

It can also help save energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are numerous patio door types to pick 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 Peoria can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It allows in plenty of natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to allow fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass capture the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to fully open—especially 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 constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® showcases traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Peoria can help you define 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 great value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday life. Customize them with convenient 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 expenses. And keep your home more pleasant all year long.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening area of any kind of patio door.

These expansive panels are not hard to use. They conveniently stack against each other or tuck out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily engaged 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 fold away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between several door styles 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 locations.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Peoria 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 provides energy-efficient options 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 utility bills. 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Peoria.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need extra floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Peoria. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in vivid 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 have 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to deliver the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use 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 provide simple use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-to-care-for 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 heating and cooling bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the weather.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

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