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

But beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are numerous patio door styles to pick from.

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

Unsure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of El Paso can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of El Paso showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the possibilities. We can build almost any door you’re envisioning.

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 for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It allows in ample natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to allow cool breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

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

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of El Paso can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop 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 incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for real life. Customize them with convenient 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 heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home cozier no matter the season.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening space of any model of patio door.

These expansive panels are simple to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily moved 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 nicely.

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 functions are available.

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

Work with design professionals at the Pella of El Paso Showroom. Or request 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 offers energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy costs. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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 climate in El Paso.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with limited 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 El Paso. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in vivid 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 have outstanding performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are made with 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 versatile design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver smooth 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 enhance 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 utility expenses. 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 innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in El Paso.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our El Paso 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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