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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 combined spaces.

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

But beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There a lot of patio door styles to pick from.

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

Not sure 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 imagining.

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 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 welcomes in ample natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or completely—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass capture the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to totally open—especially 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® features 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 make 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 fantastic value.

Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Casper showroom. Or make 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 been given 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 easy to use. They intuitively stack against each other or tuck 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 capability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which fold away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from several 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 climates.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Casper Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating 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® specifications 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 comfortable all year.

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 give a wide view of the the outdoors.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need more 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 highlight fine wood furniture detailing.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Casper. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from almost limitless 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 innovative.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have 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 sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to achieve the style you want.

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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver smooth operation.

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. 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 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 weather.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, 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 you’re envisioning. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or visit our Casper 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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