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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, reduce outdoor noise and become a centerpiece 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 confident of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Nashville can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Nashville showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to consider all the possibilities. We can make 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 unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It lets in plenty of natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass hold on to the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

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

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Nashville 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 highlights the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Nashville showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed 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 utility bills. And keep your home cozier no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Nashville.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These expansive panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed 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 slide away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from multiple door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also suitable for cold, wet climates.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Nashville Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy expenses. 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 offers many innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Nashville.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need additional 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 detailing.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Nashville. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in brilliant patinas and other timeless finishes.

Add self-closing InView™ or Rolscreen® retractable screen door options to make your new patio doors more practical.

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 able to take on 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 use 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 easy 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. Say goodbye 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 achieved 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 models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many smart and energy-saving options for the climate in Nashville.

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 visit our Nashville 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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