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

But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door styles 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 Lewes can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Lewes showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to consider all the choices. We can create almost any door you’re envisioning.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to allow fresh breezes during the summer. Wide 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 clearance to completely 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 collections. Our professionals at Pella of Lewes can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

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

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for everyday life. Customize them with useful 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 heating and cooling bills. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are simple to use. They smoothly 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 remain fixed until easily shifted 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 styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also suitable for cold, wet areas.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door operates 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 showcase fine wood furniture detailing.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Lewes. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in rich patinas and other classic 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 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 variable design features and options to achieve the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

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

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide simple operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient doors will look good for years. There’s no need for 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 reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on utility costs. 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 provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Lewes.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Lewes 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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