Columbus French Doors

Exterior French Doors Add Style to Your Interior Space

French patio doors are often considered a classic style fit for traditional homes. They do offer that old-world feel for homes in historic neighborhoods. Wooden French doors can also provide a contemporary look that connects past and present, bringing your older home into the modern era — a big trend in Columbus.

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, and 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 door Mid-Century Modern Decor

    Mid-century modern design was the big housing trend in the 50s and 60s in Ohio. The home style can be found all over Columbus, where many of the affordable homes were prefabricated and shipped locally and around the country. Whitehall is known for its mid-century modern homes from this era. Mid-century modern decor and furniture are still popular in the city. French patio doors with modern, minimalist frames and unobstructed glass fit the design’s emphasis on wood interiors and clean sightlines to the outdoors.

  • double french doors Double French Doors

    Hinged French doors offer similar design flexibility as entry doors, where you can choose a single or double door and surround your door with window combinations. Double French doors create a wider opening to your patio and a greater connection to the outdoors. With modern frames, you can create the look of a wall of glass. Double French exterior doors also give you the option to make one door stationary, so only one door opens while the other stays fixed.

  • modern and contemporary doors Modern and Contemporary Doors

    Other modern and contemporary styles are also popular, either to put a personal twist on a mid-century modern house or upgrade a historic home. Contemporary style French patio doors have thin frames to maximize the glass and natural light. Neutral or natural colors and sleek, metallic hardware complement the look of modern style homes.

  • French patio doors with screens French Doors with Screens

    Screens1 are a common addition to French patio doors as homeowners can introduce air flow in their homes and help keep insects out. High-transparency screens made out of finer fabric fit the function while minimizing the impact on the aesthetics. Screen doors for French doors open out, so your patio doors must open on an inswing.

1 Warning: 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 Customizations1


Modern style homes are simple, letting the finely-crafted decor stand out. Modern French doors leave the glass unobstructed. For a mid-century modern look, add square grilles at the top of the door. Sleek, angular hardware completes both styles.

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve - Spiere Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve – Spiere Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve - Spiere Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve – Spiere Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve - Spiere Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve Spiere – Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve - Spiere Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin Reserve – Spiere Polished Nickel

  • Top Row Grille Pattern
  • Cross Grille Pattern
  • Between-the-Glass Blinds
  • VividView® Screen

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Columbus Climate Recommendations


Columbus sits in the middle of the Ohio River Valley, where the weather brings seasonal variability. Winter blizzards and severe summer thunderstorms are the norms. Wood is a natural insulator but adding some performance features to your French patio doors can help shield your home from the variable weather patterns.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection.

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass. The added protection helps provide balanced insulation from the cool winters and moderate summers in Columbus.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials.

Columbus weather brings waves of humidity and precipitation. Wood with exterior aluminum cladding can stand up to all seasons and continue to perform in the Ohio River Valley climate.

extreme weather

Glass Glazing.

Glazing on your patio door glass panels can help seal out the weather — including those freezing temperatures — and help you maintain a comfortable home climate.

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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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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