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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 use less energy, block outdoor noise and become a centerpiece in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are many patio door models to choose 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 Binghamton can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Binghamton showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to review all the options. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out more about the different solutions 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 lets in ample natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just a crack or fully—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Wide 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 clearance to totally 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® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Binghamton can help you figure out your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series highlights the most wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for your life. Customize them with convenient 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 expenses. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening space of any style of patio door.

These broad panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily engaged 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 fold away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between various door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications are available.

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

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Binghamton Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides 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 energy expenses. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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 Binghamton.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer an extensive 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 not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase exquisite wood furniture design.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Binghamton. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in brilliant 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 provide outstanding performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are created 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 sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, low-maintenance vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver easy performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.

These resilient doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that complement your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on utility bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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

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 Binghamton 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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