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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 enhance your view and indoor-outdoor space.

It can also help conserve energy, reduce outdoor noise and become a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are numerous patio door types to pick from.

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

Not sure of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Kelowna can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Kelowna showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to go over all the options. We can build 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 unimpeded view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It allows in ample natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture 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 fully 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® features traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Kelowna can help you figure out 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 popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for your life. Customize them with available 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 heating and cooling costs. 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 Kelowna.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening width of any kind of patio door.

These expansive panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which can 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.

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

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

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Kelowna Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides energy-efficient models that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. And keep your home more pleasant all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need more 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 feature exceptional wood furniture detailing.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Kelowna. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in brilliant patinas and other classic finishes.

Add self-closing InView™ or Rolscreen® retractable screen door options to make your new patio doors more practical.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide simple operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to painting with easy-care 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 utility 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 models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Kelowna.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or drop by our Kelowna 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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