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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 living area.

It can also help use less energy, block outdoor noise and become the center of attention in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are numerous patio door styles to browse through.

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

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

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

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

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 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Syracuse 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 showcases the most wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real life. Customize them with available 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 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, energy-saving options for the climate in Syracuse.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together discreetly 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 have the capability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which tuck away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from various door types 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.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Syracuse Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility 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 provides many convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Syracuse.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad view of the the outdoors.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need extra 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 exceptional wood furniture style.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Syracuse. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in brilliant patinas and other traditional 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 offer 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 durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to create the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide smooth use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.

These durable doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that enhance 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 comfortable no matter the time of year.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Syracuse 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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