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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 space.

It can also help conserve energy, reduce outdoor noise and become the center of attention in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of patio door styles to pick from.

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 Muncie can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Muncie showroom. Or request 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 options 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 more spacious. It allows in plenty of natural light.

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

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to completely open—specifically 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Muncie 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.

Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Muncie showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your 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 utility costs. 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 convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Muncie.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening space of any kind of patio door.

These expansive panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • 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 slide away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from several door models 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 climates.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy costs. And keep your home more pleasant all year.

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 climate in Muncie.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature fine wood furniture design.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Muncie. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in rich patinas and other traditional 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 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in 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 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 easy use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient doors will look good for years. There’s no need for 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 achieved 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 season.

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

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 Muncie 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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