French Patio Doors for Florida Homes

French Patio Doors Increase Accessibility

French doors, also known as hinged patio doors, consist of two door panels that are hinged at the sides and generally swing outward. When both doors are open, French doors create a wide center opening that is well suited to high-traffic areas. Opening onto your lanai, deck, or patio,  French doors are a popular choice among Floridians who wish to connect indoor and outdoor living areas.

With French doors, you have the option of having one or both doors remain operable. Due to space constraints, some southern Florida homeowners may choose to keep one door fixed and only have one operable door, while still keeping the pleasing symmetrical appearance of double doors.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • traditional Wooden French Doors Traditional Wooden Style

    Wooden French doors have traditional appeal. Pella French doors are made from mahogany, Douglas Fir, and pine and come available in a variety of interior finishes, from a light natural finish to a medium golden oak and a dark mahogany, so whether you live in a traditional home in Longwood or Naples, you can pick the right wood finish to match your style.

  • Modern french patio doors White French Doors

    White trim is commonly seen on the colorful conch-style homes in Coconut Grove and is equally appealing on more traditional style homes like those in Coquina Sands. White is a friendly neutral color that can temper intense colors or blend in with more subdued tones. Exterior French doors are made of wood on the inside and aluminum cladding on the outside, which gives you the flexibility to use different colors to match your home inside and out.

  • French door sizes French Door Sizes

    French doors can create a wide opening that is great for entertaining, but some homeowners may require doors with a smaller footprint. Homeowners in a condo in Miami may require narrow patio doors to fit their space, while homeowners of a sprawling ranch in Harbor Oaks, may choose wider doors. Hinged patio doors are also available as a single, solid glass door for rooms short on wall space. Luckily, Pella hinged patio doors are built-to-order in standard and custom sizes at 1/8-inch increments.

  • French patio doors with screens Sliding French Doors

    By nature of their design, French doors swing outwards and require space for the door to open. If space is a limiting factor, but you still desire the look of French doors, consider wooden sliding doors that still have the same traditional look and feel. Hardware and grille choices on a sliding door can further impart the classic look of French doors.

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Recommended Customizations1


South-central Florida is home to a variety of home styles, whether you live in a contemporary home in Miami or a Mediterranean-style home in Baldwin Park, selecting hardware and grille patterns can enhance the look of your home’s French doors.

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.

South-Central Florida Climate Recommendations


Much of Florida has a humid subtropical climate, bringing hot, humid summers and mild winters; while cities like Miami in southern Florida are home to a tropical climate, meaning a warmer and steady yearly average temperature. In Florida, the possibility of hurricanes exists, so consider impact glass for windows and patio doors.

Low-E Protection

Keep Your Home Cool/Block Solar Heat.

Keep your home comfortable — and protected from the heat — with Low-E insulating glass that will also help keep energy costs down. SunDefense® Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2 can block 94 percent of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays.

Durable Materials

Weather Protection.

Prepare your windows for the humid coastal winds, salty ocean air, and abundant sunshine from living on the West Coast. Exterior finishes like aluminum cladding can help resist fading and look great for years.

extreme weather

Extreme Weather.

Low country and coastal regions that experience hurricanes and tropical storms may wish to consider impact glass.

2SunDefense Low-E dual-pane glass available on Architect Series, Pella Impervia, Pella Lifestyle Series, Pella 350 Series, Encompass by Pella (ThermaStar by Pella) windows and patio doors, and Pella 250 Series windows. SunDefense Low-E triple-pane glass available on all Pella Lifestyle Series products except double-hung windows and Architect Series windows and patio doors.

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 and Doors of South-Central Florida 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.

Pella French Patio Door Projects


Homeowners admire the classic style and functionality of French doors. See how Pella customers across the country have incorporated hinged patio doors into their homes.

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