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Detroit French Patio Doors

French Patio Bring a Classic Look to Patio Entrances

Detroit has a variety of traditional architectural influences. Neighborhoods are filled with Victorian, Cape Cod, and Colonial homes. These classic styles relied on the beauty of wood to enhance the home, on windows, trim, front entrances, and patio doors.

French patio doors keep with the traditional look of older home designs. Swinging on side hinges, double French doors create a wide opening to your outdoor entertaining space. When closed, they enhance your home with the natural beauty of wood and stylish decorative elements.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Cape Cod Style Homes Cape Cod Style

    Nearly 25 percent of homes in the Detroit area were built in the suburban boom of the 1950s where Cape Cod style was the craze. French patio doors stick to this simple, modest architectural style where there was little decorative detail. White French doors with square grille patterns match the look of a quintessential Cape Cod home.

  • 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.

  • modern french doors Modern Doors

    Modern is a trend in both new houses and renovations of historic homes. Modern French patio doors mix a traditional material, wood, with contemporary style. Frames are slimmer, sightlines are cleaner and hardware is angular and minimalist. When surrounded by windows, modern style French doors can create a wall of glass that floods your home with sunlight.

  • French patio doors with screens Outswing French Doors

    French patio doors provide design flexibility. You can choose to have one or two doors open and have them swing inward or outward. In Detroit, the preference leans toward French patio doors that operate on an outswing. They open up more space for decor and traffic inside your home. With the addition of between-the-glass blinds, double outswing French doors provide a clear, wide opening to your patio.

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 Customizations1


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. Find more customizations here.

Hardware

  • Classic Collection
  • Modern Collection
  • Essential Collection
  • Rustic Collection

Grilles

  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Victorian Grille Pattern
  • New England Grille Pattern
  • Custom Grille Pattern

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

Detroit Climate Recommendations


With Lake Michigan due west, Lake Huron to the north and Lake Erie directly southeast, Detroit’s climate is heavily influenced by the Great Lakes. In winter, temps regularly fall below freezing and moderate snowfall develops off the lakes. Come spring and summer, that lake effect brings thunderstorms to the Detroit area. With the variable weather patterns, protecting your French patio doors is important.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass. The added protection helps provide balanced insulation from Detroit’s cool winters and moderate summers.

Glass Glazing

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.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Detroit weather brings waves of humidity and precipitation. Wood with exterior aluminum cladding can stand up to all seasons and continue to perform in the Great Lakes 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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Explore Your Options with an Expert

A Pella Windows & Doors of Detroit 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?
  •   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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*Study of homeowner perceptions of leading national brands. Study commissioned by Pella, 2021.