Dayton French Patio Doors

French Doors Bring a Classic Look and Functionality to the Patio

French doors have been featured in homes for centuries. They were a favorite in Colonial, Tudor and Victorian houses — styles dotting Dayton’s many historic neighborhoods. Placed on the patio, French doors combine traditional style and modern convenience to connect your indoor and outdoor entertainment areas.

French patio doors swing open on hinges, much like an entry door. For that reason, they’re commonly referred to as hinged patio doors. This classic functionality opens up design options on the patio. In the tighter spaces of a traditional home, you can use a single narrow French door. When you have more wall space, double French doors can create a wide patio opening and give you the option to leave one door fixed.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Wooden French Doors Craftsman Style

    The grand homes in Grafton Hill contain many architectural styles popular in the early 20th century. It was one of the first neighborhoods in Dayton to feature Craftsman-style homes. Craftsman houses brought more modern influences but still featured finely-crafted woodwork and natural finishes, like on exterior French doors.

  • victorian style doors Victorian Style

    French doors accentuate the exquisite detail of the Victorian houses found in the Dayton View Historic District. Another favorite of the early 20th century, Victorian design featured ornate decor, especially on trim and other wood finishes. French patio doors with grids have the architectural detail to match the regal look of Victorian-style houses.

  • French doors in a small space French Doors With Screens1

    Patio screen doors are standard on sliding glass doors. They’re also a popular addition to hinged patio doors. Screens1 on French patio doors allow you to open your home to the fresh air while helping to keep the insects out. They swing outward and must be paired with inswing French doors. High-transparency screens are made of finer fabric to provide the same functionality of a standard patio screen door while only minimally impacting the beauty of a French patio door — they’re practically invisible when standing at a distance.

  • double wooden french doors Double French Doors

    Double French patio doors provide more design flexibility. Both doors can open up, either on an inswing or outswing, to give you a greater connection to your patio. Or you can leave one door fixed to create a smaller entrance while still having the stylistic impact of double hinged patio doors. Surrounding your double French doors with sidelights and transoms with grilles creates a decorative patio entrance worthy of a historic Victorian house.

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*


Grilles help give French doors their classic character. Valance grids at the top of French patio doors provide characteristic Craftsman-style detail. A variety of other grille patterns can fit Victorian-era design. Sidelights, transoms, half-circle windows and ornate or rustic hardware bring additional decorative elements.

Classic Collection Virago – Bright Brass

Classic Collection Virago – Bright Brass

Classic Collection Virago – Antique Brass

Classic Collection Virago – Antique Brass

Classic Collection Virago – Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Virago – Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Virago – Matte Black

Classic Collection Virago – Matte Black

Classic Collection Virago – Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Classic Collection Virago – Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Classic Collection Locus – Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Locus – Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Locus – Bright Brass

Classic Collection Locus – Bright Brass

Classic Collection Locus – Antique Brass

Classic Collection Locus – Antique Brass

Classic Collection Locus – Matte Black

Classic Collection Locus – Matte Black

Classic Collection Locus – Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Classic Collection Locus – Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Essential Collection Standard – Bright Brass

Essential Collection Standard – Bright Brass

Essential Collection Standard – Standard Brown

Essential Collection Standard – Standard Brown

Essential Collection Standard – Standard Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Essential Collection Standard – Standard Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Essential Collection Standard – Satin Nickel

Essential Collection Standard – Satin Nickel

Essential Collection Standard – Matte Black

Essential Collection Standard – Matte Black

  • Victorian Grille Pattern
  • Top Row Grille Pattern
  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Custom Grille Pattern
  • New England Grille Pattern
  • VividView® Screen
  • Single With Double Sidelights
  • Single With Left Sidelight
  • Single With Right Sidelight
  • Transom Over Single
  • Transom Over Double
  • Half-Circle Over Double
  • Half-Circle Over Single

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

Dayton Climate Recommendations


The Dayton climate is defined by summer heat and humidity and winter chills. Thunderstorms and blizzards aren’t frequent but do hit from time to time. Wood brings natural insulating properties to patio doors but with a few additional features, your French doors are better equipped for the climate.

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 muggy summers in Dayton.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials.

Dayton weather brings heat, humidity and wind chills. Wood with exterior aluminum cladding can stand up to all seasons and continue to perform in the region’s climate.

Glass Glazing

Glass Glazing

Glazing on your patio door glass panels can help seal out the weather — including those bitter cold temps — 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.

  •   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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