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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 add to your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.

It can also help save energy, block outdoor noise and turn into a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are many 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 Asheville can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Asheville showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the options. We can make almost any door you’re picturing.

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 for an unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It allows in plenty of natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to allow fresh 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 room to completely open—particularly for doors that open inward.

They can open more completely 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® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Asheville 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 wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for your life. Customize them with useful 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 all year long.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening width of any model of patio door.

These wide panels are simple to use. They conveniently stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which can 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.

Choose from several door types 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 locations.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Asheville Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements 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 year-round.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exceptional wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Asheville. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning 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 practical.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide excellent 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 able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are variable 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-to-care-for vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors fit almost any budget.

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell 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 earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy bills. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the weather.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Asheville.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Asheville 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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