Andersen vs Pella Sliding Doors

Andersen vs Pella Sliding Doors

A sliding patio door doesn’t take up as much space as a traditional hinged door. Instead of opening inward or outward, it glides horizontally on a track. These doors usually have one mobile panel and one stationary panel, and they fit together tightly. They’re often made of glass, so you’ll get plenty of natural light. They’re easy to open and close, and they have a sleek, contemporary style. Some of the most popular sliding doors come from Andersen and Pella. Here are some of the differences between these brands.

Andersen vs. Pella Sliding Doors

Andersen is one of the largest manufacturers of doors in North America, and it’s been open for more than 115 years. In 2021, the company was an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and Sustained Excellence Award Winner. Their doors are attractive, efficient, and durable. Pella Corporation started in 1925, and its headquarters is in Pella, Iowa. The company has more than 17 manufacturing locations and 200 showrooms in the United States.

Andersen Sliding Door Options

With this company, you can choose from a variety of sliding door options. Andersen 100 Series Gliding Patio Doors are made with Fibrex composite material for better insulation and a low-maintenance finish. The 200 Series Narroline Gliding Patio Doors have natural wood on the inside and vinyl on the outside. For vinyl inside and out, choose the 200 Series Perma-Shield.

The 400 Series Frenchwood is the best-selling option, and it lets you add blinds to your sliding door. The E-Series French Gliding Patio Door is aluminum on the outside and wood on the inside. The A-Series is the most energy-efficient option, and it’s wood protected by fiberglass.

Pella Sliding Door Options

Pella also offers several lines of sliding patio doors. The Pella Reserve is a wood sliding patio door with a variety of available colors and optional security sensors. You can also create a custom color. The Architect Series is customizable as well, and it comes in a wide range of sizes. The Lifestyle Series wood patio doors are ideal for soundproofing and efficiency.

The Impervia is fiberglass, and it’s designed for durability and security. However, it’s only available in three colors. If you need protection from severe weather, choose the vinyl Hurricane Shield series. The windows are impact-resistant, and they can block almost 100% of UV rays. The vinyl is resistant to yellowing or discoloration as well.

Andersen Door Finishes

With Andersen doors, you can pick from a variety of colors and finishes. The E-Series comes in more than 50 exterior colors, and you can create a custom color. The interior comes in 10 standard colors, plus custom options. You can also add a stain or paint to the interior wood. With the A-Series, there are 11 exterior colors, six interior stains, and seven interior paint colors. You can choose from several wood species, including:

  • Cherry
  • Pine
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Douglas Fir
  • Mahogany

The 400 Series and the 200 Series are available with pine, oak, or maple, and they come in White, Dark Bronze, or Black. Exterior colors include:

  • White
  • Canvas
  • Sandtone
  • Terratone
  • Forest Green
  • Dark Bronze
  • Black

The 100 Series has a Black, Dark Bronze, Sandtone, or White exterior, and the interior comes in: 

  • Black
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Dark Bronze
  • Terratone
  • White
  • Sandtone

Pella Door Finishes

Pella Reserve sliding doors have aluminum exteriors that come in 20 colors. The interiors are available with nine stains and four paint colors, and the types of wood include:

  • Pine
  • Unfinished mahogany
  • White oak
  • Red oak
  • Maple
  • Cherry

The Architect Series has 11 exterior colors, and the interior options are similar. The Lifestyle Series is available in 12 exterior colors. You can also choose from four stain colors and three paint colors. The fiberglass Impervia has a sleek, modern look with a brown, black, or white interior and exterior finish. You can choose from a variety of grille patterns to create the classic look of individual windowpanes. The vinyl 250 Series comes with or without grille patterns, and 11 interior and exterior colors are available. Encompass sliding doors are similar, but they only come in three colors.   

Andersen Configurations and Sizes

Andersen sliding doors come in a variety of configurations, and custom sizes are available. The E-Series comes with one, two, or four panels, and the A-Series adds a three-panel option. The 400 Series and the 200 Series Narroline Gliding Patio Doors have one, two, or four panels, and PermaShield doors come with one or two panels. The 100 Series has two panels.

Pella Configurations and Sizes

Pella sliding doors are also available in customizable sizes. The Reserve has two or three panels. The Architect Series Multi-Slide and the Hurricane Shield Series Multi-Slide are available with up to 10 panels for a unique, impressive look. The Lifestyle Series, the Encompass, and the Impervia have two panels.

Andersen Sliding Door Accessories

With many Andersen sliding doors, you can add integrated blinds or shades and dual or triple-pane glass. You can also choose VeriLock wireless security sensors to let you know whether your door is open or closed from anywhere. Screens are available in several styles, including:

  • Basic
  • Swinging
  • Concealed
  • Gliding
  • Top-Hung Gliding
  • Retractable
  • Integrated
  • Hinged

Pella Sliding Door Accessories

Pella door handles are available in a variety of colors, and you can select styles from their Rustic, Classic, Modern, or Essential collections. The company’s InView screens let in more light and air compared to traditional fiberglass screens.

Andersen Sliding Door Warranties

All Andersen sliding doors come with a limited warranty. It lasts 20 years for glass and 10 years for non-glass parts.

Pella Sliding Door Warranties

For most sliding doors, Pella offers a limited lifetime warranty. It covers defects but not damage from storms or other hazards.

Andersen and Pella offer excellent sliding doors to help you save space and make your home more comfortable. Contact us at Brennan Enterprises to learn more about your options and get a free estimate.


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