Austin French Doors

Classic French Doors are a Contemporary Favorite

As one of the most sought-after places to live in Texas, Austin is host to a housing market that reflects the rich diversity of its culture. Classic and traditional homes like the Queen Anne style homes of Hyde Park are complemented by more modern architecture — like Craftsman, mid-century modern, and modern farmhouse — that befit the newest generation of residents. French patio doors can bring an old-world feel to a traditional home or even provide a contemporary look that bridges the past and the present.

Because they swing open on hinges, French patio doors are often called hinged patio doors. You can design your doors to open on an inswing or outswing, or with double French doors, have one door operable while the other stays fixed. This design flexibility makes French patio doors a popular option in homes of all styles and sizes.

Commonly known as: exterior french door, hinged patio door, swinging patio door, garden door

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Mid-Century Modern Mid-Century Modern

    Barton Hills, Zilker and Crestview are among the Austin neighborhoods known for their mid-century modern homes, and mid-century modern decor and furniture continue to be popular around the city. French patio doors with minimalist frames and unobstructed glass suit the design’s emphasis on wood interiors and clean sightlines to the outdoors.

  • Victorian Style Victorian Style

    French doors accentuate the exquisite detail of the Victorian houses found in older Austin neighborhoods like Hyde Park. Their Queen Anne homes, a variation on the American Victorian housing model, date back to the late 19th century. French patio doors with grids have the architectural detail to match the regal look and classic charm of Victorian style houses.

  • French patio doors with screens Wood Door Frames

    Heat and humidity are staples of Texas, but the region is also prone to severe weather throughout the year. To prepare for inclement weather, Austin homeowners invest in wood door frames for their home. Wood frames are built to reduce the chances of damage during high-wind weather events, offering homeowners peace of mind in the event of a storm.

  • French Doors with Screens French Doors With Screens

    Patio screen doors are a popular addition to sliding glass doors. They’re also available on French patio doors that swing inward. Available as sliding screens or screen doors that swing out, French door screens1 let you open up your home to the outdoors while helping to protect against insects. High-transparency screens are made with fine fabric so they don’t take away from the elegant look of your French patio doors.

1Warning: Use caution when children or pets are around open windows and doors. Screens are not designed to retain children or pets.

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Recommended Customizations*


In an area heavy on Cape Cod-style homes, grilles can unify the look between your French patio doors and windows. They’re also a great fit for Colonial, Victorian and other traditional styles found in Detroit. For a more modern look, go without grilles and opt for minimalist French door hardware instead of curved, decorative shapes.

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Spiere Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Spiere Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Spiere Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Spiere Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Spiere Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Spiere Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Spiere Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Spiere Polished Chrome

  • Top Row Grille Pattern
  • Cross Grille Pattern
  • VividView® screen

*Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Austin Climate Recommendations


Technically classified as a humid subtropical climate, Austin occupies a unique area of Texas between the dry deserts of the Southwest and the more humid region of the Southeast. As a result, the area’s climate shares characteristics of both distinct regions. The summers are long and hot and the winters are short and mild. Anything in between is generally warm. Austin is prone to severe weather throughout the year, although most of it is concentrated in the spring. Severe weather can bring damaging winds, heavy rain, and even tornadoes.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

SunDefense® Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon can help block a significant percentage of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays. Low-E insulating glass helps keep your home cool and comfortable during the dry summer heat.

Diverse Climate

Diverse Climate

Prepare for cool winters and humid summers with Pella® Impervia®. This strong fiberglass, available for both windows and patio doors, is durable enough to help withstand extreme heat and subzero cold.

Wood Frames

Wood Frames

You can design your home to be more wind resistant with wood frames, reducing your chances of damage to your home during high-wind weather events.

Why Choose Pella?


Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

We Come to You

An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows and Doors of Austin expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home — and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  •   What factory-prefinished stain and paint colors are available on Pella products?
    • Wood Windows and Patio Doors – Wood interiors offer more design flexibility — windows and patio doors can be stained or painted to match your decor.  Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's wood products.

      As part of Pella Corporation’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, we use Water-Based Green Chemistry. Our factory-applied stain is water-based, which significantly decreases the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the air.

      Fiberglass Windows and Patio Doors – Available in colors offering the quality look of painted wood — including a dual-color option. Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's fiberglass products.

      Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors – Pella's unique vinyl formula is performance-tested for excellent weathering, durability, and color retention. Solid- and Dual-Color frames are available. Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's vinyl products.

      Fiberglass and Steel Entry Doors – You'll save time and finishing costs when your entry door arrives prefinished in your choice of paint or stain color that will look beautiful for years. Explore interior and exterior finish options for Pella's fiberglass and steel entry doors.

  •   What general maintenance is required for my Pella windows and patio doors?
    • Pella recommends you inspect your windows and patio doors at least annually as part of a home checkup. Maintenance can prolong the life of your Pella windows and doors and will help ensure maximum warranty coverage.

      As needed, clean, repaint or restain your windows and patio doors, and recaulk around them to help maintain optimal performance. Also, be sure to regularly check for leaks and improper drainage above or around vents and sprinkler systems that may subject your windows and patio doors to prolonged water exposure.

      Review the Maintenance section of the Pella Window and Patio Door Owner's Manual for additional details about how to properly maintain the interior and exterior of your Pella windows and patio doors.

  •   How do I choose the right paint or stain for my wood windows and doors?
    • Stained Wood Interior Finish – Pella strongly recommends the use of a good-quality pre-stain wood conditioner before staining Pella windows and patio doors to reduce the possibility of a blotchy-looking, uneven finish. Ask your paint or finishing professional to recommend a pre-stain wood conditioner, a stain and a finishing coat that are compatible.

      Painted Wood Interior Finish – The most important consideration to make when choosing your paint is good blocking resistance — the ability of a paint to resist sticking. Failure to use a high-quality paint with good blocking resistance may result in a window or door that sticks shut, even after the paint has dried. Ask your qualified paint professional to recommend a paint with good blocking resistance. Don't simply rely on a paint's price or brand name in making your selection. Expensive paint may not necessarily offer good blocking resistance. Also, ask your paint professional to recommend a wood primer and paint that are compatible and whether sanding is required between coats of paint.

      Explore the factory pre-finish options available for Pella's wood products.

  •   Which Pella doors are available with SmartKey® Technology?
    • SmartKey Technology is available, and comes standard, on Pella's fiberglass and steel entry doors.  Architect Series® sliding, French and hinged patio doors with hardware from the Rustic, Classic or Modern Collection will have SmartKey Technology.

      Learn more about Pella's hardware collections and how to use SmartKey Technology.

  •   Where can I get paint or stain to match the interior and exterior of my Pella products?
    • Paints and stains for Pella products are available in quarts and gallons via special order through Lowe's stores or your local Pella Window and Door Showroom. You will need to provide the color of the paint or stain that you need to place an order.

      Or you may take the color or stain desired along with the substrate you are trying to match to your local Sherwin-Williams® or home improvement store and have them custom match the color.

      If you don't have a Pella paint chip or just need a small bottle of touch up paint or stain for dings and scratches, submit a request to Pella Corporation's customer support team or call (877) 473-5527 for further assistance.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of your Pella Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella products.

  •   How do I clean my Pella windows and patio doors? What can I use to clean them?
    • Clean the interior and exterior frame surfaces with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Stubborn stains and deposits may be removed with mineral spirits. Or Pine-Sol® can be applied with a clean, dry cloth or towel. Do not use abrasives. Do not scrape or use tools that might damage the surface. Should you need it, touch-up paint is available at the Pella Window and Door Showroom nearest you.

      Clean the window sill using the brush attachment on a vacuum and vacuum off any debris.

      It is normal for water to accumulate in the sill and track. On products with weep holes, the water is intended to drain to the outside via the drainage or "weep" holes.

      • To clean the weep (drainage) system, check to make sure that the weep holes are clear of obstruction (dirt, sand, or building materials).
      • To clean the weep holes, use a small, soft brush to clear the opening. Weep holes may be located both inside and outside the window in the bottom of the frame. If the window is "stacked," there may be weep holes between the units.

      WARNINGS:

      • Do not use abrasive or caustic solvents as they may damage your windows or patio doors.
      • Do not scrape or use tools that might damage the surface. 
      • Do not power-wash.

      Review the Cleaning section of the Pella Window and Patio Door Owner's Manual for additional details about how to properly clean your Pella windows and patio doors.

  •   How do I clean and restore shine to the handles and hardware on my windows and doors?
  •   How do I lock and unlock my French patio door with a Multipoint Locking System?
    • Turn the thumbturn lock inside or use the key outside to unlock the door.  To open the door, grasp the handle and push down, then operate the door.

      To engage the multipoint lock, close the door and lift up the handle. To lock the door so that it requires a key to unlock it from the outside, either turn the keylock on the exterior or turn the thumbturn lock on the inside with the handle raised. Test the door to make sure it is locked.

      Watch how to lock and unlock your French patio door with Multipoint Locking System.

  •   How do I lock and unlock my French patio door with a Flushbolt Locking System?
    • If your French patio door has two panels, and one panel has a nonoperable handle, the main panel locks and unlocks like the Multipoint Locking System:

      • Turn the thumbturn lock inside or use the key outside to unlock the door.  To open the door, grasp the handle and push down, then operate the door.
      • To engage the multipoint lock, close the door and lift up the handle. 
      • To lock the door so that it requires a key to unlock it from the outside, either turn the keylock on the exterior or turn the thumbturn lock on the inside with the handle raised. Test the door to make sure it is locked.

      The stationary panel locks and unlocks with flushbolts at the top and bottom of the panel. To disengage these flushbolts, find the black levers located on the strike plate and push the levers in, then up or down. There are small icons on the strike plate to denote the locked or unlocked position.

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