Installing French Patio Doors: What You Need To Know

One of the popular door entries, especially for side entrances and patios are French doors.  French doors allow for light to naturally enter your home. They are a timeless and classic way to bring a bit of the outdoors indoors and transition space to space.

These doors a popular because they allow you to have a bit of privacy, while also still offering you a visual connection of two spaces.  Patio French doors open to a patio or a deck and can be used in conjunction with a screened door to allow the breeze to flow into your home without allowing bugs and such in your home. 

Those looking for more privacy might install blinds or curtains, just as you would with an exterior window in your home.

double french patio doors shown closed
outside of home

Style

There are some selections that you will have to make before purchasing French doors including the glass type, window type, and material of the door.  You will also have to consider the color of the door. Overall, perhaps one of the more popular French door designs is that of the iconic divided glass panes. 

Manufacturers offer doors styles that are stand and are readily available for fitting door openings that are standard in size, as well as custom options for unique spaces. You can find doors that have an option of an inactive door as well, this leaves just one door that allows for exterior access.  For extra security you can look for a door that has a locking system with three points, it locks the sill and the head jamb to the door, as opposed to the the jamb and sill together.

double folding french patio doors shown opened

Swing

Usually when installing as a pair doors often swing out from the door opening center.  There are however two types of standard door available, out-swing and in-swing. You need to plan for the space around the swing of the door, this is true whether you are going to install exterior or interior doors.  French doors command more space to be able to operate efficiently, unlike sliding doors or pocket doors. 

You can look at the door width and the layout around the point of pivot on each side of the jamb in order to see the amount of space that you need to allow for. Sizes for a standard door start at about a foot and a half and then increase at two inches up to a width of three feet.  The standard door heights are six feet and eight inches and seven feet and eight feet.

double french Patio Doors shown from the inside of the home

Installation

As noted previously, one of the main parts when it comes to the installation of French doors is measuring the swing radius so that that you can ensure that it will clear correctly.  You also need to check the depth of the opening for the jamb.  The door that you purchase ideally needs to fall into the same depth.

If your home is newer then you are likely to find that you will be able to find a door which will fit easily with the standard sizes available.  Homes that are older often have openings that are not standard in size, in this case, you will likely need to install a new jamb inside of the opening to fit your French door choice.  French doors are available for purchase in kits that are pre-hung for standard sizes, making the installation straightforward and simple. 

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  1. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Classic Styleview
    VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Classic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $1,477.00
  2. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Modern Styleview
    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Modern Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $2,250.00
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    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $779.00
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    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Rustic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
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    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $2,999.00
  6. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cherry Color with Double Configuration and Modern Styleview
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    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $899.00
  7. VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Contemporary Styleview
    VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Contemporary Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $999.00
  8. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Rustic Styleview
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    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $3,999.00
  9. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cherry Color with Single Configuration and Classic Styleview
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    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $3,450.00
  10. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Traditional Styleview
    VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Traditional Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $2,456.00
  11. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Contemporary Styleview
    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Contemporary Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $4,450.00
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    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $3,650.00
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