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Peoria, Illinois, is an iconic Midwestern city rife with history. Famous American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright created the Prairie home style in the early 1900s and one of the first homes in the style — the Francis W. Little Home — was built in Peoria in 1903.
One of the goals of the Prairie style is to blend in with its surroundings and emulate the prairie landscape. Prairie homes aim to connect your indoor living space with the outdoors and a patio is an ideal addition for this home style and many others found in Peoria, from traditional to modern.
The style of patio door you choose for your home can set the overall tone of your space. It’s possible that Frank Lloyd Wright would have approved of minimalist sliding patio doors. This style of door has a large viewable area and lets in lots of natural light. Meanwhile, French patio doors add a more elegant feel to traditional homes where craftsmanship and history meet as one.
Commonly known as: exterior french door, hinged patio door, swinging patio door, garden door (french patio doors), sliding glass door, gliding door, sliding door (sliding patio doors)
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French patio doors are hinged from the side and swing open from the center. They either open into the interior of the home (inswing) or to the outside (outswing). While these doors can work in contemporary settings, they are particularly well-suited for traditional and historic homes, such as those built in the Cape Cod, Tudor, Colonial, Craftsman, Victorian and Queen Anne home styles. You are likely to encounter French doors on homes in Peoria’s West Bluff and North Side Historic Districts, as well as in the village of Peoria Heights, which is known for its prestigious homes.
Sliding patio doors operate along a track that sits within a frame versus swinging outward. This allows for more usable space on your patio and gives you unobstructed views of the outdoors. These doors — available in vinyl, fiberglass or wood — are a popular choice for contemporary and minimalist homes or situations where the homeowner is seeking more natural light. Sliding patio doors can be upgraded with screens, blinds and energy-efficient Low-E glass coating.
Fiberglass Patio Doors Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are exceptionally energy efficient and durable. Fiberglass patio doors are built to withstand extreme heat and sub-zero cold. This makes them a smart option for Peoria homes, which can be impacted by snowstorms and thunderstorms.
Bifold Patio Doors If you’re truly looking to connect your home with the outdoors, consider bifold patio doors. These doors consist of two or more glass panels hinged together to open accordion-style. Bifold patio doors let in lots of natural light when closed and are designed to fold inward or outward. Pella bifold patio doors showcase a sleek look and are an excellent fit for modern Peoria homes.
Peoria is host to a variety of different architectural styles from traditional to modern. Enhance the look of your patio doors with your own unique personal touch. Find more customizations here.
1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.
Peoria has a typical Midwestern climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Pella® 250 Series sliding patio doors are the most energy-efficient option for those living in Central Illinois. Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors are a top choice for when durability is a major concern.
Prepare for Peoria’s bitterly cold winters and semi-humid summers with Pella® Impervia®. This strong fiberglass, for both windows and patio doors, is durable enough to withstand extreme heat and subzero cold.
Keep warm in the cold winter months by reducing the heat loss from your home. Doors with panes of glass made with Advanced Low-E will help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and keeping the heat in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Pella Windows & Doors of Peoria expert can help you pick out a patio door that fits your home — and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.
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.
Learn how to paint your wood interior finish, prepare products for finishing, finish removable grilles, select the right paint or stain and more in the Pella Help Library.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A soft cloth and mild cleaner may be used on most Pella hardware finishes.
Living finish Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware will develop its own unique patina with use, care and handling. Simply wipe the hardware with a soft cloth so as not to damage the finish. The changing of color on the hardware is not a warranty issue.
The solid brass hardware used on some previous vintages of Pella wood hinged (French) patio doors has a clear protective coating to prevent tarnishing. Download instructions to care for solid brass hardware.
For additional information about how to properly care for your Pella windows and doors, refer to the Cleaning section of the Pella Window and Patio Door Owner's Manual.
For further assistance, submit a request to Pella Corporation's customer support team or call (877)-473-5527.
The thumbturn lock is located behind or above the door handle. To lock the door, turn the thumbturn lock to a vertical locked position. The locking system will engage when the door is closed. To unlock the door, turn the thumbturn lock in the opposite direction to a horizontal position.
If your sliding patio door is equipped with a footbolt lock, it has two positions. One allows the door to be latched when it's about 3 inches open; the other provides extra security when the door is fully closed.
To engage the lock, move the lock handle toward the side of the door. To disengage the lock, move the lock handle toward the center of the door.
Review the Sliding Patio Door Screen section of the Pella Window and Patio Door Owner's Manual for additional details about the operation and care of your sliding patio door. If you continue to have difficulty, request a service visit consultation from your local showroom or call (800) 242-1008 to find a Pella service location nearest you.
Download instructions for the material and vintage of your sliding patio door.
Wood Sliding Patio Doors
Fiberglass Sliding Patio Doors
Vinyl Sliding Patio Doors
We try to include information for a large portion of our various products and vintages; however, we do not have every older set of instructions available online. If you have questions regarding a non-current product not found on our site, submit a request to Pella Corporation's customer support team or call (877)-473-5527 for further assistance.
If you have difficulty removing the screen, request a service visit or call (800) 242-1008 to find a Pella service location nearest you.
WARNING: Screen will not stop child or pet from falling out the window. Keep child or pet away from open door.
Refer to the Pella Window and Patio Door Owner's Manual for more information on operation, recommended care, and maintenance for your Pella sliding patio doors.
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