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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 conserve energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are many patio door models to pick from.

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

Unsure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Mankato can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open all the way for an unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to fully open—particularly 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 collections. Our professionals at Pella of Mankato can help you figure out 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 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 Mankato showroom. Or create 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 received ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on utility expenses. And keep your home cozier no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Mankato.

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 expansive 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 stay 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 various door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions 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 Mankato 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 provides energy-efficient options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® specifications in all 50 states.1

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy expenses. And keep your home cozier all year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Mankato.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door operates 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 showcase exceptional wood furniture design.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Mankato. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in brilliant patinas and other timeless 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 offer exceptional 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 especially energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver easy operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with low maintenance 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 energy costs. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Mankato.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or visit our Mankato 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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