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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 combined spaces.

It can also help use less energy, limit outdoor noise and serve as the center of attention in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door styles to browse through.

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 Calgary can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Calgary showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to go over all the choices. We can make almost any door you’re imagining.

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 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 more spacious. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Big 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 room to totally open—specifically for doors that open inward.

They can open wider 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® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Calgary can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop 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 Calgary showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your life. Customize them with useful 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 comfortable year-round.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Calgary.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening width of any kind 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 stay fixed until easily moved on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the ability to 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.

Choose from several door styles 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 climates.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Calgary 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 offers energy-efficient options 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 energy expenses. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase exceptional wood furniture design.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Calgary. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in vivid patinas and other timeless 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 exceptional performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are created with 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 variable design features and options to create the style you want.

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 deliver smooth performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient 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 utility costs. 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 smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Calgary.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Calgary 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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