French Doors Can Open In or Out, But They Can Slide Too!

French doors were born in the Renaissance Period and were initially considered windows that reached the floor. They became popular because they let more natural light in before the era of electricity.

Today, the aesthetic appeal of French patio doors Houston homes adds elegance, and the functionality brings brightness and ventilation.

While the traditional French door opens with either an in-swing or out-swing operating style, not all homes can accommodate the swing room they require.

Milgard has the answer with their Ultra™ Series French-style sliding patio doors that combines your space-saving requirements with the elegant appearance of a traditional French patio door you envision.

How are Milgard’s French Sliding Patio Doors Different From Plain Old Sliders?

They’re designed to have the traditional appearance of swing French doors while functioning as a sliding glass door. This is accomplished by:

  • Engineering them to save space and designing features like extra-wide stiles and rails
  • Providing architectural options to match your home, whether it’s new construction or a home in Houston’s historic area
  • Producing fiberglass units with insulating double pane glass
  • Providing low-e coating for UV protection
  • Allowing for a multiple-pane look with a variety of grid options

How Does the Cost of French Sliding Patio Doors Compare to Other Styles?

There are so many variables that you would need to talk to your certified installer at Houston Window Experts, but in general, sliding French patio doors Houston are slightly more expensive than regular patio doors and less expensive than traditional French doors.

What Options Do I Have to Design My Door to Compliment My Home’s Style?

View these options on Houston Window Experts’ web page for more detail:

Grid Options:

  • Flat
  • Sculpted
  • Craftsman
  • Legacy
  • Vintage

Color Options:


  • Interior – White (with any exterior color), and Harmony, Bark, and Black Bean (with matching exterior color only)
  • Exterior – Frost, Sand, Harmony, Bark, Cinnamon, Fern, and Black Bean

Sliding door handles come in a variety of finishes, including:

  • White
  • Tan
  • Clay
  • Satin Nickel
  • Brushed Chrome
  • Oil-Rubbed bronze
  • Slate Black

The exterior handle has an optional key lock feature.

Options are Great, but What About Quality?

With 10 months of warm weather in Houston, no matter what kind of patio door you choose, it will get plenty of use, and Milgard Ultra™ Series patio doors are designed to be worry-free. Design features that contribute to the longevity of Milgard’s patio doors include:

  • Top-quality Ultra series fiberglass which allows the frame to expand and contract at the same rate as the glass, resulting on less stress on the seals
  • Safety glass
  • Finely crafted doors
  • Long lasting hardware
  • High security
  • Double-pane insulating units

You can find additional reassurance in the quality because of Milgard’s full lifetime warranty that includes parts and labor, and if you choose a patio door from the Ultra Series, you also get glass breakage coverage.

Professional Installation is Key

When you contact Houston Window Experts, we’ll provide expert advice and a free estimate without a high-pressure sales pitch. Once you decide to have us install your Milgard French sliding door, you can rest assured that we have the training and certification to install your door in accordance with the Milgard warranty.

Call Houston Window Experts for Affordable French Doors

Call 1-832-900-7024 or click the get pricing link to complete a request form for you free estimate.