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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 combined spaces.

It can also help use less energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are numerous patio door types to pick from.

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

Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Ketchum can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn more about the different choices Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors open all the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It welcomes in ample natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or all the way—to allow refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass hold on to 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 clearance to completely open—especially for doors that open inward.

They can open wider than a single-panel sliding door. A sliding door can only open to one side. It’s also restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Ketchum 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 offers the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real life. Customize them with useful integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have earned ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy costs. And 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 offers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Ketchum.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are simple to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily engaged on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the capability 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.

Decide between 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 appropriate for cold, wet locations.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Ketchum Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start making doors that work with 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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling costs. 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 provides many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Ketchum.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give an extensive view of the your surroundings.

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 highlight fine wood furniture design.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Ketchum. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in brilliant patinas and other classic 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 exceptional 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 especially energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping for.

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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver easy performance.

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. Say goodbye to painting with easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that complement 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 expenses. 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Ketchum.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Ketchum 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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