How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors
The right patio door can accentuate your view and indoor-outdoor living area.
It can also help use less energy, block outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.
But beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are numerous patio door models to choose 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 Edmonton can help.
See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Edmonton showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to consider all the choices. We can build 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 swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It allows in plenty of natural light.
You can choose how wide to open them—just a crack or completely—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass hold on to the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.
French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to fully 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Edmonton 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 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 Edmonton showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for your life. Customize them with convenient 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 expenses. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Edmonton.
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 broad panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or tuck discreetly into a wall pocket.
These patio doors are available in several types:
- Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily shifted 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 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 acceptable for cold, wet areas.
Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Edmonton Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit 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
Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Edmonton.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors offer a broad view of the your surroundings.
Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need extra floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with limited space.
Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors
Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exquisite wood furniture design.
Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Edmonton. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in vivid patinas and other classic 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 offer 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 especially energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to achieve the style you want.
Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors
Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy use.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors work with almost any budget.
These durable doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to painting with low maintenance vinyl frames that enhance your home.
Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?
Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy expenses. It can also keep your home more relaxing 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 and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Edmonton.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Edmonton 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.