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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 conserve energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are many patio door types to browse through.

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

Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Colorado Springs can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Colorado Springs showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the choices. We can build almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn 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 plenty of natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just barely or all the way—to let in fresh breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

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 limited by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Colorado Springs can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series highlights the most wanted 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 Colorado Springs showroom. Or make 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 received ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on 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 provides many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Colorado Springs.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily shifted 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 slide away neatly.

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 applications 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 Colorado Springs Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides energy-efficient models 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 heating and cooling costs. 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 and energy-saving options for the weather in Colorado Springs.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a wide view of the the scenery.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase fine wood furniture style.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Colorado Springs. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in rich patinas and other classic 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 provide excellent 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 especially energy efficient. It’s also able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to achieve 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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver easy 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. Say goodbye to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that match your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Colorado Springs 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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