Omaha French Patio Doors

Classic French Doors are a Contemporary Favorite

French doors were commonly found in historic homes — Colonial, Victorian, Tudor, Cape Cod and Spanish style homes. The modern movement brought back the classic French door functionality with a more contemporary style.

French doors are hinged patio doors. They swing inward or outward on hinges like standard front doors. The hinged functionality provides design flexibility. You can have a single French patio door in a narrow space or opt for double French doors to create a wider entrance.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • traditional Wooden French Doors Modern French Doors

    Neighborhoods like Elkhorn are shifting away from traditional and farmhouse styles in favor of contemporary and modern designs. It’s a trend not only in newer homes but also in historic renovations. Modern homes feature simple, minimalist styles and clean sightlines. French patio doors with thin frames and sleek hardware modernize your home’s design. Double French patio doors can help build a larger wall of glass emphasized by modern style.

  • curtains and blinds by a wooden french door with grilles Curtains and Blinds

    While Omaha homeowners like the minimalism of modern French doors, they venture away from the style when it comes to patio door coverings. Modern house design features unadorned glass for maximum sunlight. In Omaha, French door curtains and blinds are common, providing additional decoration and privacy to modern style homes in the city. Integrated blinds are a new technology that offers privacy and protects patio blinds from dust, pets and little hands.

  • craftsman style Craftsman Style

    North Omaha is filled with Craftsman style homes. These bungalow-style houses are simple and finely-crafted, showcasing natural finishes and stained woodwork. Pella French patio doors are exquisitely-crafted wooden doors that live up to the Craftsman name. Valance grids across the top of the hinged patio doors add a decorative element without obstructing the entire glass panel.

  • French patio doors with screens French Doors with Screens

    Screen doors are popular on all styles of patio doors. French patio screen doors operate on an outswing. The French doors themselves must open in the opposite direction. Screens1 are common in the Omaha area, especially near the Missouri and Elkhorn rivers where insects can be a nuisance. High-transparency screens made out of finer fabric help keep the bugs out while minimizing the impact on the aesthetics of a French patio door.

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 home decor is simple and shiny. Modern patio doors keep the focus on the glass and add a touch of style with metallic, angular hardware. Craftsman homes share some characteristics of modern houses but have a bigger emphasis on woodwork. Grilles at the top of French patio doors can complement the windows of this style.  

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 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

Essential Collection Standard – Bright Brass

Essential Collection Standard – Bright Brass

Essential Collection Standard – Standard White

Essential Collection Standard – Standard White

Essential Collection Standard – Satin Nickel

Essential Collection Standard – Satin Nickel

Essential Collection Standard – Matte Black

Essential Collection Standard – Matte Black

Modern Collection Spiere – Matte Black

Modern Collection Spiere – Matte Black

Modern Collection Spiere – Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Spiere – Polished Nickel

  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Square Grille Pattern
  • Victorian Grille Pattern
  • Custom Grille Pattern
  • Between-the-Glass Blinds

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

Omaha Climate Recommendations


Omaha is in the heartland, where every weather extreme can hit at any time. Frigid winter temps and scorching summer heat are the norm. Preparing your French patio doors for anything can help up your home’s energy efficiency and protect your doors from the elements.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection.

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass. The added protection helps provide balanced insulation in the diverse Omaha climate.

Durable Materials

Dual-Pane and Triple-Pane Glass.

Additional layers of glass with an insulating layer of gas between the panes can reduce your energy costs compared to single-pane glass.

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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A Pella Windows and Doors of Omaha 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.

French Patio Door Projects in Omaha


Looking for inspiration? These projects from the Omaha and Lincoln area show the versatility of French patio doors.

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