Exterior French doors not only enhance the look of the room but they also serve the purpose of maintaining privacy. Exterior French doors let in natural light to make a room feel welcoming, bright and open; they also provide an unobstructed view of the outside. French doors for the exterior of your home can be either pre-hung or not pre-hung. A pre-hung door is already in the door casing, leveled and ready to install. A non-hung door requires the homeowner to build a door casing to hang the door in, which is more labor intensive. Pre-hung French doors are available in the single-door and double-door styles. There are several sizes of French exterior doors from which to choose. Most manufacturers offer a minimum door width from 16 inches and a minimum door height of 60 inches. Most exterior French doors are a standard thickness of 1 3/8 inch to 1 3/4 inch.
Metal and vinyl exterior French doors are available in many colors, such as shades of white, brown, green, gray and blue. Merchants sell wooden exterior French doors with construction out of hardwoods such as mahogany, Spanish cedar and white oak to provide weather resistance. You may purchase the wood doors already stained or as raw wood you can stain or paint to match your home.