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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 living area.

It can also help save energy, reduce outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door types to browse through.

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

Unsure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of San Antonio can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of San Antonio 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?

Discover more about the different solutions 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 allows in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to wecome fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass capture 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 floor space to fully 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of San Antonio 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 showcases the most desired 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 San Antonio showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for real 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 energy costs. And keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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 San Antonio.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

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

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily moved on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the ability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which fold away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between multiple door styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also acceptable for cold, wet locations.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of San Antonio Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start making doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

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 San Antonio.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exquisite wood furniture detailing.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of San Antonio. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from virtually unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in rich 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 offer 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 able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to create the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, low-maintenance 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 fit almost any budget.

These durable doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with easy-care 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 utility bills. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in San Antonio.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’ve always wanted. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our San Antonio 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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