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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 space.

It can also help conserve energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a centerpiece in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door types to choose from.

Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.

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

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Cheyenne showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can build almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Discover more about the different options Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors swing open all the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It lets in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or all the way—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass hold on to the sun’s heat 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 completely open—specifically 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 constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® showcases traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Cheyenne can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for real life. Customize them with convenient integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have been given ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy expenses. 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 provides many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Cheyenne.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening width of any model of patio door.

These expansive panels are easy to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain 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 tuck away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between 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 acceptable for cold, wet areas.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Cheyenne Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start designing 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® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling costs. And keep your home cozier all year.

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 weather in Cheyenne.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a wide view of the the scenery.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exquisite wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Cheyenne. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in rich patinas and other traditional 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 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 sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to deliver 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 deliver smooth operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors work with almost any budget.

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to 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 energy expenses. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the season.

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 temperatures in Cheyenne.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

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