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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 space.

It can also help use less energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as the center of attention in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door styles to choose from.

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

Not sure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Birmingham can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors 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 ample natural light.

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

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to totally open—particularly 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 Birmingham 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 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 Birmingham showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for everyday life. Customize them with available 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 heating and cooling bills. 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 delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Birmingham.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening space of any style of patio door.

These broad panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or tuck inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain 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 tuck away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from 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 suitable for cold, wet areas.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Birmingham Showroom. Or book 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 has energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements 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 all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give an extensive view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it a good choice 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 Birmingham. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 are created with Duracast®. This material is the strongest, most durable material available for patio doors.2

This patented fiberglass is exceptionally 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 work with almost any budget.

These durable doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that complement 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 heating and cooling 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 provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Birmingham.

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 Birmingham 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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