Schedule a FreeConsultation

A Quick Guide to French Patio Doors

French doors add beauty to any home while also bridging the transition between the indoor and outdoor living areas. They provide a feeling of closeness to the outdoors while giving homeowners a sense of security and privacy as well.

Here’s a quick look at what these doors are, where they can best be used, and some of the things to consider when installing them, courtesy of Renewal by Andersen® of Austin, the top supplier of custom windows in your area.

What Are French Doors?

French doors feature glass panels and swing open on a hinge. They are more traditional in style and therefore work best in traditional-style homes. French doors are usually installed as pairs of doors that can either swing inward (in-swing) or outward (out-swing). These are normally made to fit standard door sizes, and are highly customizable based on window type, glass type, material, size and color.

Homeowners can customize their French doors according to their preferences. These doors, which look like huge windows that reach from the floor to as high as the ceiling, can have a single flat panel of glass that stretches from top to bottom, or have several glass panels.

Installing French Doors

The first thing you need to consider is the size. You’ll need to measure the depth of the jamb where the door will be installed. Older homes, which tend to have non-standard sized openings, might require a new jamb before the French doors can be installed.

If using French doors as entry doors, homeowners can choose models with an inactive door option, which means only one side can be opened to gain access to the home. Installing a three-point locking system, which locks the door to the head jamb and the sill in addition to each other, will also help secure the home.


French doors require ample floor space to open, whether they are open inward or outward. Make sure to take this into consideration when planning where your furniture will be placed.

Looking for the best French door supplier and installer? Look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Austin, the most trusted installer of French doors and casement windows in your area. Call our pros at (512) 298-2270 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Austin, TX.


"Renewal by Andersen delivered a superior product with superior customer service, the best construction, experience and all promises completed professionally and in a timely manner. All my windows were replaced in one day"

View All Reviews