Philadelphia French Patio Doors

French Doors are a Popular Addition to Philly Patios

With hinges on the sides and a wide center opening, French patio doors connect your indoor entertaining area to your patio. The classic design adds elegance to your back entrance and fits with the old-world style of Philadelphia’s historic homes, from the stately Victorian houses in Manayunk to the colonial architecture in Society Hill — which makes them a popular pick in the region.

French patio doors also offer design flexibility. You can get single or double French doors with either an inswing or outswing — whatever best fits your space. With double French doors, you also have the option to make one door stationary, so only one door opens while the other stays fixed.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Traditional wooden French patio doors Traditional Wooden Style

    Wooden French doors provide a traditional look — fitting for the traditional style homes dotting Philadelphia. Houses in the area are predominantly colonial, Victorian, or Cape Cod-style with multi-paned windows or windows with grilles. Using a traditional grille pattern on your French doors can unify your home’s design.

  • Small, narrow French patio doors Small and Narrow Sizes

    French patio doors can create big openings. But the skinny townhomes and dense housing in Philadelphia often require smaller sizes. Exterior French doors come in narrow sizes that create openings as small as four feet, two inches wide. Narrower French doors also take up less space when fully opened, giving you more room in your indoor and outdoor entertaining areas.

  • French Doors with Screens French Doors With Screens

    Screens1 are commonly seen on sliding glass doors. They’re also available on French patio doors so you can get some fresh air but keep the insects out. Aesthetics are a big concern for homeowners who choose exterior French doors. High-transparency screens are made of a finer fabric than standard screens. They’re practically invisible from the yard, so the screen door doesn’t take away from the elegance of your home’s exterior or impact the view from the inside.

  • White French Doors White French Doors

    White exterior frames and trim on windows are core elements of the region’s most common home styles. White French patio doors provide contrast to the colorful palettes of Victorian houses and dark shutters of Cape Cod-style homes and complement the lighter tones found in colonial homes. 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.

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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Grilles are a great addition to unify the look of your stately home. They provide the symmetry and divided light commonly seen in the colonial, Victorian, and Cape Cod-style houses around Philadelphia. Two other add-ons that may match your elegant interior are colonial style trim and brass hardware — both fit the old-world feel of the area’s styles.

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Virago Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Virago Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Virago Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Virago Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Locus Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Locus Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Locus Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Locus Antique Brass

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

Victorian Grille Pattern

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

Philadelphia Climate Recommendations

Winters in Philadelphia are cold and unpredictable. Low-E insulating glass with argon provides balanced insulation to keep your home comfortable no matter what storms develop off the mid-Atlantic coast. And durable materials and wood finishes protect the look of your exterior French doors.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Window panes of glass with Advanced Low-E will help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and keeping the heat in.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Frequent storms during the winter bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Wood with aluminum cladding, vinyl, and fiberglass are low maintenance and can help stand up to extreme weather.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Prepare wood doors for bitterly cold winters and semi-humid summers. EnduraClad® and EnduraClad® Plus exterior finishes resist fading and look great for years.

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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