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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 accentuate your view and indoor-outdoor space.

It can also help use less energy, limit outdoor noise and become a centerpiece in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of patio door models to pick from.

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

Unsure of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Baton Rouge can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Baton Rouge showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to review all the options. We can build almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open for an unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It allows in plenty of natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to wecome cool breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass catch the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to completely open—particularly 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Baton Rouge 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 showcases 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 Baton Rouge 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 more pleasant year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening area of any model of patio door.

These expansive panels are not hard to use. They smoothly 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 have the capability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which tuck away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from several door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also acceptable for cold, wet areas.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides 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 heating and cooling 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Baton Rouge.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a wide view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Baton Rouge. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning 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 convenient.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have exceptional 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 achieve the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, low-maintenance vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly 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 sturdy 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 achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on heating and cooling expenses. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many smart and energy-saving options for the weather in Baton Rouge.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Baton Rouge 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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