How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors
The right patio door can enhance your view and indoor-outdoor space.
It can also help conserve energy, limit outdoor noise and become a focal point in your home.
But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are many patio door types to pick from.
Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.
Not sure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Victoria can help.
See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Victoria showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the possibilities. We can make almost any door you’re picturing.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Learn more about the different choices Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
French patio doors swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It lets in abundant natural light.
You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to let in fresh breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass capture the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.
French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more floor space to totally open—especially for doors that open inward.
They can open wider 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® highlights traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Victoria 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 highlights the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.
See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Victoria showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are made for your 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 heating and cooling costs. 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 Victoria.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening space of any model of patio door.
These wide panels are not hard to use. They conveniently 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 engaged on rollers.
- Multi-slide panels, which can 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.
Select from various door styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing functions are available.
With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also appropriate for cold, wet climates.
Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Victoria Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start making doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.
Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?
Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1
Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home more comfortable all year.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Victoria.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors give 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 great choice for homes with limited space.
Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors
Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight fine wood furniture style.
Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Victoria. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 practical.
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 use Duracast®. This material is the strongest, most durable material available for patio doors.2
This patented fiberglass is exceptionally 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-care vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide simple use.
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-care 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 expenses. It can also keep your home more comfortable 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 has many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Victoria.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Victoria 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.