How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors
The right patio door can add to your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.
It can also help use less energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.
But beginning a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of 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 right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Jackson can help.
See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Jackson showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to go over all the choices. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.
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 patio doors swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.
You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass catch the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.
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 constricted by its frame.
Pella® Architect Series® French Doors
Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Jackson can help you figure out your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop your own design.
Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors
Pella® Lifestyle Series offers 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 Jackson showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your 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 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 delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Jackson.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening width of any style of patio door.
These wide panels are easy to use. They conveniently stack against each other or tuck out of sight 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 can 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.
Decide between several 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 locations.
Work with design professionals at the Pella of Jackson Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start making doors that work with 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
Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy bills. 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 delivers many innovative and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Jackson.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors offer a broad view of the your surroundings.
Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need extra 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 feature exceptional wood furniture style.
Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Jackson. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning 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 provide exceptional 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to create the style you’re hoping for.
Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors
Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate premium, easy-care vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy 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 easy-care 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 utility expenses. It can also 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 smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Jackson.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or drop by our Jackson showroom.--
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.