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About Exterior French Doors for Minneapolis Homes

The energy-efficient exterior doors we install on homes and businesses in the greater Minneapolis St. Paul area include:

French Door Basics

In this post we’d like to focus on French doors.  While most people picture these doors as an interior option, French doors work well as both entry doors and patio doors.  (Don’t confuse double doors with a center post that swing open in opposite directions with French doors; French doors have no center post or mullion.)

Shown in this photo (courtesy of Marvin) is a typical French door; note the lack of a center post.  Doors can be installed to swing out, swing in, or swing in opposite directions.  Generally when used as a front entry, doors would swing in; when used as a patio door, they would swing out. 

French doors have definite advantages over other types of door configurations in that they can swing open to provide the maximum area.

  • One or both doors can be opened as needed.  Greeting a guest at your front door?  Opening just one is probably enough.  Bringing in that huge Christmas tree or the new piano?  Swing both open!
  • When used as a patio door, they have a distinct advantage over the common sliding patio door in that the entire door opening can be used rather than just half.  Owners of historic or older homes prefer French doors for patio openings, since the standard sliding patio door has a modern look that is out of place on many older homes.
  • Considered ‘more elegant’ than other types of entry doors, they can add more value to your home than other entry doors.  They are also timeless in design and can work with just about any style home, depending on the options you select.  For example, the grid option in the photo above looks great in a traditional home.  French doors without the grids work well in a modern style home.

There may be concerns you have that have held you back from choosing French doors; we’ll address these in a future blog post.  Or we’d love to meet with you in person – either at a private appointment at our Savage door showroom or in your home.  You just might find that French doors are just what you need to give your home a new look!

Window Outfitters – THE replacement window company for the Twin Cities – is well on its way to becoming THE exterior door company as well! 





Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.