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 save energy, block outdoor noise and turn into the center of attention in your home.
But taking on a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door models to choose from.
Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.
Unsure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Kingston can help.
See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Kingston showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Discover more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
French patio doors open all the way for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It lets in plenty of natural light.
You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide 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 fully open—particularly 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Kingston 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 highlights the most wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.
Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Kingston showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real 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 energy bills. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Kingston.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening space of any model of patio door.
These broad panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or fold together out of sight 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 slide away neatly.
Pella® Scenescape™ Doors
Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Select from multiple door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing functions are available.
With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also acceptable for cold, wet areas.
Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Kingston Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.
Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?
Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® specifications in all 50 states.1
Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility bills. And keep your home cozier all year.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Kingston.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors offer an extensive view of the your surroundings.
Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with minimal space.
Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors
Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase exquisite wood furniture detailing.
Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Kingston. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in vivid patinas and other traditional 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 outstanding 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 especially energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to create the style you’re looking for.
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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy operation.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors fit almost any budget.
These resilient doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that match 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 more comfortable no matter the time of year.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Kingston.
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 stop by our Kingston 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.