How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors
The right patio door can enhance your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.
It can also help conserve energy, limit outdoor noise and become a centerpiece in your home.
But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door styles to browse through.
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 Casper can help.
See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Casper showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the options. We can create almost any door you’re envisioning.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Discover more about the different choices Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
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 more spacious. It welcomes in ample natural light.
You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass capture the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.
French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to totally open—particularly 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 constricted by its frame.
Pella® Architect Series® French Doors
Pella® Architect Series® showcases traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Casper 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 popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.
Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Casper showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for real 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 energy expenses. And keep your home cozier year-round.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Casper.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening space of any style of patio door.
These wide panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together discreetly into a wall pocket.
These patio doors are available in several models:
- Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily moved 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 tidily.
Pella® Scenescape™ Doors
Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Choose from multiple door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions 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 Casper Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start making doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.
Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?
Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient models that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements in all 50 states.1
Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility costs. And 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 delivers many innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Casper.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors offer 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 showcase fine wood furniture design.
Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Casper. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 practical.
Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors
Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide outstanding 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 able to take on 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 incorporate premium, low-maintenance vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide smooth use.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors work with almost any budget.
These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-care vinyl frames that complement 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 energy costs. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the time of year.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Casper.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Casper showroom.--
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.