Everything You Need to Know About French Patio Doors

Many homeowners prefer the look of French patio doors thanks to their sophisticated appearance and high-level of functionality. Unlike many sliding patio doors, French patio doors allow you to take advantage of the full doorway opening, making it ideal for moving large objects in or out of your home or alleviating traffic congestion during gatherings.

Most buyers can find French patio doors in a wide range of materials, including:

  • Fiberglass
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Vinyl

French patio doors are typically made with large panes of glass in a frame made of one of the above materials. This allows a substantial amount of light into your interior and can also support an indoor / outdoor lifestyle with greater ease. Each option comes with its own benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to take those into consideration before making a purchase.

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Materials

Aside from affecting the look of your French patio doors, the materials used in the frame also dictate the amount of maintenance required as well as what finish options are available. Fiberglass is a low-maintenance choice and can be found in finishes that mimic wood grain, allowing you to get a higher end look for less.

Metal doors, typically featuring aluminum or steel, are economical options that also require limited upkeep, those steel doors must be monitored for scratches as moisture that reaches the metal can lead to rust. Vinyl is incredibly durable and energy efficient, and also requires very little maintenance. However, they can be more expensive. Wood tends to cost the most and requires the most maintenance but has the most finish options of any material.

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Glass Upgrades

Since French patio doors are predominately glass, it is wise to select doors that feature upgraded glass finishes. For example, Low-E glass is coated with a material that helps lessen the amount of heat transfer between your interior and the outside. Additionally, it can block damaging UV rays that can fade wood floors, furniture, or carpet that are in the path of the sunlight.

You will also find French patio doors featuring different numbers of panes, and more panes can increase energy efficiency. For example, a double pane French door is more equipped to prevent heat transfer than a single pane. By investing in upgrades, you can help lower your utility costs and preserve your interior finishes.

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Styles

Like most exterior doors, French patio doors can be found in nearly any style, allowing you to choose options that reflect the overall architectural design of your home or your personal preferences. This can include variances in the frames themselves, such as their thickness, as well as the glass, as some models are available with frosted, textured, or stained glass instead of traditional clear.

Further, you can also find options with decorative grills, allowing a design to be featured across the glass panes. The materials used for grills can vary, with wood and iron options being available, as well as the pattern itself.

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  1. ArmabyTek Series Modern Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with Double Bore Prepview
    ArmabyTek Series Modern Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with Double Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $749.00
  2. PatioPerfect Series Modern Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prepview
    PatioPerfect Series Modern Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $898.00
  3. PatioPerfect Series Classic Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prepview
    PatioPerfect Series Classic Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $749.00
  4. ArmabyTek Series Contemporary Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 60 in. by 80 in. with Double Bore Prepview
    ArmabyTek Series Contemporary Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 60 in. by 80 in. with Double Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $999.00
  5. ArmabyTek Series Contemporary Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 60 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prepview
    ArmabyTek Series Contemporary Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 60 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $1,299.00
  6. PatioPerfect Series Classic Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Single Bore Prepview
    PatioPerfect Series Classic Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Single Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $799.00
  7. PatioPerfect Series Classic Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Double Bore Prepview
    PatioPerfect Series Classic Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Double Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $965.42
  8. ArmabyTek Series Rustic Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Double Bore Prepview
    ArmabyTek Series Rustic Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Double Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $799.00
  9. ArmabyTek Series Traditional Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 59 in. by 96 in. with Single Bore Prepview
    ArmabyTek Series Traditional Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 59 in. by 96 in. with Single Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $1,024.99
  10. PatioPerfect Series Modern Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 59 in. by 80 in. with Single Bore Prepview
    PatioPerfect Series Modern Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 59 in. by 80 in. with Single Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $649.00
  11. PatioPerfect Series Rustic Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prepview
    PatioPerfect Series Rustic Double Composite French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 80 in. with any Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $727.50
  12. ArmabyTek Series Rustic Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 80 in. with Single Bore Prepview
    ArmabyTek Series Rustic Double wood French Door in a Cedar Color Measuring 71 in. by 80 in. with Single Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Price: $699.00
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