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A Touch Of Timeless Elegance

All patio doors are capable of opening up rooms and extending interior living spaces. Rooms that tend to be dark, small, and stuffy can suddenly become roomy, bright and airy simply by installing patio doors.

French patio doors are no different; they add a touch of timeless elegance to any home, and can quickly become the focal point of any room.

However, knocking out a wall and adding French doors is a big decision. At Custom Exteriors, we strive to make this decision easier for you by showing you all the important factors you need to consider during the French door selection process.

Quality Construction: The Key to French Doors

When choosing a French door, you want a solid, durable frame that looks like it will last a century. Traditionally, French patio doors were hewn from wood, which is why they gained their sturdy, robust reputation. However, even if you do not care for an old wood look, traditional craftsmanship can still marry modern ingenuity.

Today, quality manufacturers are making doors that use real wood on the interior side—featuring the classic woodworking technique of mortise-and-tenon joints—and strong, composite materials for the exterior. These materials are covered in a weather-resistant finish to help them match the sturdiness of classic wood. As a result, these modern-day French patio doors require little to no maintenance to retain their flawless finish.

Here are three important elements to consider when choosing a French door:


Look for a well-designed threshold that will keep water away from the door and outside the house, where it belongs. You’ll also want to make sure that the doors close snugly, keeping out drafts and outside noise.


True French doors are hinged, allowing homeowners to choose between outswing or inswing styles. The hinges should also be adjustable to account for the doors settling over time. The beauty of French doors depends heavily on their symmetry, which means there would be nothing worse than off-kilter French doors


If you don’t really have the wall space for doors that swing out or swing in, you can still have quality French wood patio doors. Gliding French doors are the perfect solution for homeowners looking install them but don’t have much space or resources to follow through.
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Know Your Glass Options

Energy Efficiency

The potential for energy loss through patio doors may be quite high. However, selecting the right glass can easily counter that. Look for energy-efficient glass that can keep the heat out during summer and in during winter. If you know where to look, you can get high-performance glass to suit your climate. For instance, many quality manufacturers have several extraordinary glass options that go above and beyond the accepted standards. If you’re worried about the amount of natural light streaming in, you can always choose tinted glass to regulate exterior light. Also, make it a point to look at the Energy Star label and check the data on the NFRC label. You’ll be looking for two very important numbers: U-Factor. The lower the U-factor, the greater the material’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating properties. High-performance glass has a U-factor of 0.30 and below. SHGCSHGC, or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits.

Ready to choose your new French door?Contact us or visit our showroom in Pleasanton today.

Prioritize Safety & Security

Locking System:

There’s a considerable amount of concern regarding the safety of French patio doors and the seeming lack of security. However, if you choose French doors with a multi-point locking system, rest assured safety won’t be too much of an issue.
A multi-point locking system means just that — the door isn’t relying on just a single lock. Usually, this system uses a deadbolt and two other locks strategically placed near the top and bottom of the door. This makes it harder for someone to jimmy the door or kick it in. Tempered glass is also another safety feature to consider, as it can be four times stronger than regular glass.

Convenient Financing Options

We install top-quality products at competitive prices and provide financing options to make your exterior remodel convenient, with approved credit.
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"Loved working with Custom Exteriors. Very responsive to inquiries. Precise in their measurements, estimate and timeframe for completion. Highly recommend them."

Brian I.

Tampa, FL

"Custom Exteriors provided a great product and good service in replacing 2 sliding glass doors and 2 other windows in my townhouse.  One was a custom window that required extra work in refitting the plantation shutters to the new window.  Although there were some bumps along the way, Jeff and his foreman Ryan excelled at follow up.  I would recommend Custom Exteriors."

Carole N.

Tampa, FL

"Custom Exteriors did a wonderful job. The installation crew were neat and thorough. My salesman Mark kept me informed about delivery and the windows are beautiful, quiet and warm house.  I’m very pleased."

Susan G.

Tampa, FL