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Choosing the Best Material for Your Patio Doors

Posted on September 07, 2022 in Pella Windows & Doors of Pittsburgh

White windows and hinged patio door

Patio doors are an essential part of your home as they are an access point between inside and outside your home. Just like windows, at Pella, we offer a variety of patio doors ranging in materials, style and accessories.

Learn more about our products and find out which option might be the best fit for your Pittsburgh home.

Wood Patio Doors


Our Reserve – Traditional patio doors have historic detailing to create a stunning, historically accurate design. The butt joinery and through-stile construction make authentic proportions to that of a truly traditional design. We also created historic putty profiles on this product line with deep sash dimensions and historically accurate angles, all used to cast realistic shadows.

Along with our beautifully crafted traditional frames, we offer premium hardware on our Reserve patio doors with Baldwin products. You can get handles that have rustic finishes or rich patinas.

We also have innovative grilles that provide an authentic true-divided-light look to maintain the historical aesthetic. With all the historical detailing, this wood product line would be excellent for historic and traditional homes in Manchester, Shady Side, Squirrel Hill or Oakland. These style choices are made without sacrificing functionality or our patio doors’ excellent energy efficiency. Our Reserve – Traditional style is available on sliding, hinged, bifold, multi-slide and custom patio doors.

Our Reserve product line also has a contemporary style for sliding, hinged, bifold and multi-slide patio doors. Our Reserve – Contemporary patio doors feature expansive glass with narrow sightlines to maximize the natural light that can come into your home while complementing your home’s contemporary style. Our patented cladding system can make crisp, clean sash joints with 90-degree exteriors to create a beautiful squared-off edge. You can also add simple square grille profiles to complete the overall look.

Our contemporary products also feature Baldwin hardware. You can also add our optional wireless security sensors built directly into the door panels and frames so you’ll know when the doors are opened and closed and can have peace of mind.

Architect Series

Our Architect Series patio doors are another beautifully crafted and detailed patio door option for your home. This series offers sliding, hinged, bifold, multi-slide and custom patio doors. In addition, we offer various wood species and stains with hardware that can add the ideal finishing touch to create a stylish and functional patio door. These wood patio doors are also durable, finished with an EnduraClad finish and EnduraGuard wood protection so your patio doors can look good and last for years.

Black wood sliding patio door exterior

Lifestyle Series

Last but not least, our Lifestyle Series with hinged and sliding patio doors is available in our wood patio door collection. Our Lifestyle Series patio doors have excellent energy efficiency that meets ENERGY STAR guidelines.

Another nice feature of these wood patio doors is their noise control. You can also add triple-pane glass to keep your home quieter from outside noise. In addition, our Lifestyle Series patio doors have many options for paints, stains and hardware finishes, so you can customize and find the best patio door for your home’s aesthetics. With the versatility of these wood windows and doors, you can install them on transitional homes in Wexford, Cranberry or Gibsonia.

We also have innovations to make your patio door easy to use and more functional, including integrated blinds and shades, built-in security sensors and our patented Rolscreen.

Let’s look at two projects done with our Lifestyle Series wood patio doors that checked off several goals:

We installed replacement patio doors on an Erie, Pennsylvania home to increase energy efficiency and upgrade aesthetics. The old French patio door took up a lot of space when opened and let in a lot of cold air and drafts. The replacement patio door was a sliding door to reduce the amount of space the door would take up. The new wood patio door also featured triple-pane glass for added energy efficiency and noise control. With the added glass, the homeowners were also able to install between-the-glass blinds. Overall, the new sliding patio door hit all the homeowners’ performance goals and looks beautiful.

Another patio door replacement we completed in Erie featured a homeowner that wanted to improve their home’s energy efficiency and add a beautiful wood accent to the interior of their home. So we installed our Lifestyle Series sliding patio door with between-the-glass blinds and a stunning interior wood finish. The new sliding door lets the homeowners control the light coming in and allows for privacy while keeping the home comfortable and functional.

Lastly, our team was able to modernize a Pittsburgh home and patio with replacement doors. The new hinged doors were paired with large replacement windows to provide lots of glass space to let in tons of natural light. The replacement doors and windows were also finished in black to add to the modern look that the homeowner wanted. Overall, the black wood windows and patio doors created a beautiful contemporary space and added functionality to the home.

Exterior of white sliding patio door

Fiberglass Patio Doors - Impervia

Made from the strongest frame material, our Impervia fiberglass patio doors are engineered to last. We’ve tested our fiberglass patio doors to the extreme, including against rain, wind and other weather conditions. These patio doors have a powder coat finish, so you won’t have to repaint or refinish them again. They are also corrosion-free and are resistant to bugs and water.

In addition, our Impervia patio doors are timeless with sleek profiles and expansive glass. You can also add grilles between the glass to create a look that fits your home’s aesthetics. Fiberglass windows are a great choice for modern homes in Mt. Lebanon and downtown Pittsburgh because of their sleek design and clean style.

Our Impervia sliding patio door also features the lowest standard sill design in the industry with high performance. Choosing an Impervia sliding patio door improves both style and durability.

Vinyl four-panel sliding patio door with blinds between the glass

Vinyl Patio Doors - 250 Series

We offer a vinyl sliding patio door with our 250 Series. Our vinyl products are high-quality and affordable. They have been tested to withstand exposure to sunlight, humidity and extreme temperatures, so your product can look great for years. Our fade-resistant formula also has color retention properties, so you won’t have to repaint, stain or refinish your patio door.

Along with durability, our vinyl patio doors are made with functionality in mind. For example, you can add blinds between the glass for extra privacy and ease of use. We also offer innovative security and style with our optional integrated foot bolt, which meets the highest industry requirement against forced entry. You can also upgrade your vinyl sliding patio door to include triple-pane glass or foam insulation to improve your energy efficiency even more.

At Pella, we have various options when it comes to patio doors. So whether you are looking for a particular style or want something easy to use and durable, we have something that’s made just for you and your home.

Ready to get started with a new patio door? Schedule your free in-home consultation today.

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