Best Replacement French Patio Doors

Best Replacement French Patio Doors

We’re big fans of Andersen and Milgard products. Both companies make good quality doors and offer options at multiple price points.

In this post, we will introduce 3 of our favorite French doors from two of our favorite brands.

3 of our favorite replacement french doors

Andersen E Series

Andersen E-Series hinged patio doors have a wood interior and aluminum exterior, a great combination for homeowners who want to design a unique entrance.

  • Beautiful - Warm wood interior with unique grain patterns
  • Modern & Traditional - Panel options allow you to create the perfect door
  • Customizable - 50+ exterior finishes, 10 wood species, 23+ interior finish options
  • Durable - Aluminum exterior won’t rot, warp, or corrode

E-Series doors are the perfect addition to a ‘forever home’. Andersen provides a wide range of customization options and uses materials meant to last. When properly maintained, wood can last a lifetime but it benefits from the protection of an aluminum exterior. Aluminum is highly durable against corrosion, rot, and warping plus it’s available in virtually any color. 

Check out the video below to see one of our E-Series door installations. In this video, you’ll see our team installing a two-panel door with two single panels on either side. The homeowners decided to go with the original look so we traced the shape of the original transom above the doors and Andersen delivered a custom order for us. 

Andersen also makes other great french doors learn more about them on our Andersen Doors page.

Milgard Ultra

Milgard Ultra patio doors are made from fiberglass making them super durable and energy-efficient. Fiberglass has many other benefits:

  • Strong - so it can be used for large builds
  • Stable - it doesn’t expand or contract which means there’s less stress on seals and joints
  • Weather-resistant - won’t decay, warp, or corrode
  • Long life-span - expected to last over 50 years

Ultra doors are perfect for high-end homes, the quality of craftsmanship is visible in the details. These fiberglass doors have clean corners and smooth finishes. High rails give Ultra patio doors the traditional look of french doors but if you’re looking for something more contemporary we recommend going with a dark finish. Milgard’s Black Bean is a popular choice and it’s available in matching interior and exterior (the standard interior color is White). To create an authentic french door look add colonial grids if you prefer something more contemporary choose horizontal grids for a minimalist look or forgo grids completely. 

We’ve used Milgard Ultra doors in front entry applications as well. Check out one example by watching the video below.

Milgard Essence

Milgard Essence doors combine beauty and durability by bringing together two great materials, wood and fiberglass. Homeowners who want to create a sophisticated look will appreciate that Essence doors are engineered to have no visible fasteners. Milgard also offers customization options to make a one-of-a-kind door: 

  • Douglas Fir or Pinewood interior frame
  • 16 powder-coated exterior finishes
  • 3 handle hardware options
  • Grids and specialty glass available

Essence french patio doors have high rails so no matter how you style your door, it will always have a ‘french’ inspired look. Choose between an [in-swing or out-swing] operating style and then choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-panel configuration. 

For more french door options from Milgard, Andersen, and Provia check out our catalog

The greatest part about working with door companies like Andersen and Milgard is the ability to create the perfect door for your home. 

Learn more about patio doors by visiting our Doors product pages or check out some of our installations on YouTube(↗)


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