New Jersey French Patio Doors

Timeless French Doors for New Jersey Homes

French doors were commonly found in historic homes like the Victorian-style homes in Summit or the Colonial revivals in Maplewood. French doors operate much like entry doors, as they are hinged on one side and swing open. Because they consist of one large glass panel framed by wood, French patio doors provide a lovely indoor-outdoor connection and as such, are a popular choice for connecting interior rooms to exterior spaces. Pella’s wooden French doors are made from mahogany, Douglas fir, or pine, and are available in a range of interior and exterior finishes.  

The styles of homes in Northeastern New Jersey run the gamut. Adored for their timeless appeal, French patio doors are a beautiful addition to the region’s range of architectural styles and can be customized to suit your home.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • sliding french doors Sliding French Doors

    Sliding French doors combine the look of a traditional French door with the functionality of a sliding patio door. In homes where space is an issue, a wooden sliding glass door provides the look and feel of a classic French door while offering the space-saving benefits of a sliding door. Customizations in the form of hardware and grille patterns can further enhance the French door look.

  • patio door sizes French Door Sizes

    Not only can the style of French doors be customized to suit your needs, but the variety of sizes and configurations available ensure you can find the right French patio door for your unique space. French doors are available in one or two panels, with the option to have one fixed panel on a two-panel configuration. A single, narrow French door might be just the solution on an older home, while double French doors take advantage of a larger space.

  • French door with screen French Doors With Screens

    Screen1 doors are popular on all types of patio doors. Screens allow homeowners to enjoy the benefits of gentle breezes and fresh air while keeping bugs and other pests at bay. Screen doors for French patio doors are hinged at one side and typically operate on an outswing. Screen doors made from Pella InView™ or VividView® high-transparency screens let in more light than conventional fiberglass screens. 

  • black french doors Black French Doors

    The homes in northeastern New Jersey range from historic pre-war homes to contemporary ranch houses. More and more, black windows and doors are appearing on every style of home. No longer reserved for the most contemporary of homes, black French doors can provide a refreshing update to more traditional styles or enhance the high-contrast look of a more modern home.

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*


The customizations available for French patio doors are as varied as the home styles found throughout The Garden State. Between-the-glass-grilles provide a classic look suiting traditional homes like those found in Elizabeth, while hardware in a polished chrome or matte black finish can provide a striking contrast on an updated townhome in Jersey City.

Classic Collection – Virago Bright Brass

Classic Collection – Virago Bright Brass

Classic Collection – Virago Antique Brass

Classic Collection – Virago Antique Brass

Classic Collection – ViragoSatin 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 Champagne

Essential Collection — Standard Champagne

Essential Collection — Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection — Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection — Standard Satin Nickel

Essential Collection — Standard Satin Nickel

Essential Collection — Standard Matte Black

Essential Collection — Standard Matte Black

Essential Collection — Standard Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Essential Collection — Standard Oil-Rubbed Bronze

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

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

  • Square Grille Pattern
  • Custom Grille Pattern
  • Top Row Grille Pattern
  • Cross Grille pattern
  • New England Grille Pattern
  • InView™ Screen
  • VividView® Screen
  • Between-the-Glass Blinds

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

New Jersey Climate Recommendations


Positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware River, New Jersey has a rather moderate climate. That means warm, humid summers, snowy winters, and rainy springs. Help keep extreme weather out and climate-controlled temps in with French patio doors with energy-efficient insulating glass.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass for patio doors. The added protection helps provide balanced insulation in the diverse New Jersey climate.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Winter storms can bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Wood patio doors with exterior aluminum cladding are ideal for withstanding the elements.

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.

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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