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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 space.

It can also help use less energy, block outdoor noise and become a centerpiece in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There a lot of patio door styles to choose from.

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 Tysons Corner can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Tysons Corner showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to go over all the choices. We can make almost any door you’re envisioning.

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 bigger. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to allow refreshing breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass capture 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—specifically 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 Tysons Corner can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series showcases the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday 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 heating and cooling bills. And keep your home more pleasant 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 smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Tysons Corner.

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 expansive panels are easy to use. They conveniently stack against each other or slip discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily engaged 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 neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from multiple door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing functions are available.

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

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient options 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 energy bills. And keep your home more pleasant 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 innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Tysons Corner.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give an extensive view of the the scenery.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Tysons Corner. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive 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 innovative.

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 created 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 variable design features and options to achieve 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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These durable doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to 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 reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy costs. 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 provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Tysons Corner.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Tysons Corner 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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