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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 space.

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

But beginning 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.

Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Hingham can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Hingham showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the choices. We can build almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn 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 unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It welcomes in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to wecome cool breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more floor space to completely 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Hingham 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 showcases 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 Hingham showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for real life. Customize them with available 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 bills. 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 offers many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Hingham.

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 broad panels are not hard to use. They conveniently stack against each other or tuck discreetly 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 can open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which fold away neatly.

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 locations.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient options 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 energy expenses. And keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exceptional wood furniture design.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Hingham. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in rich 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 provide excellent 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping 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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide simple 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. There’s no need for 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 heating and cooling costs. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the weather.

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 Hingham.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

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