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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 living area.

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

But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are numerous 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 Boise can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Boise showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to go over all the options. We can build 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 swing open all the way for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to allow refreshing breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass catch the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to fully open—especially 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 Boise can help you define your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series highlights the most desired 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 Boise showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real life. Customize them with available 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 utility expenses. And keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or tuck out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • 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 fold away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between various door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications are available.

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

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Boise Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient styles 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 utility expenses. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Boise. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in vivid 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 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 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 incorporate premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.

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

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. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance 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 costs. It can also keep your home more comfortable 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 innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Boise.

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 Boise 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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