Doors are not only a means to enter and exit your home, they should provide security, style and energy efficiency.
There are tons of variations when it comes to door styles. With sliding doors, hinged doors, bi-fold doors and so much more, the possibilities are endless. You can choose doors that open forward or backward for different practical reasons, or double-acting doors that swing out in both directions.
Since choosing the right doors is very important to your home, learn all you can to make educated decisions. Here we provide you with information about both functional and aesthetic options offered in door products.
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The Key to Choosing the Right Door
Doors, especially exterior ones, are important to homeowners for many reasons. Open doors can allow ventilation and light into a room, while closed doors give privacy and security. Doors can help control the temperature of a room by preventing air drafts from entering. Another overlooked feature of doors is their prevention of the spread of fire. Doors also act as a barrier to noise.
Doors create an impression of the aesthetics of the interior of a home. They are an important part of your home’s look, as they can be warm and inviting. Doors can blend in with the style of your home, or make a bold statement.
Considering the importance of a door, you should do your research and find the right style and material for your home.
Where to begin? Choosing a door is easier said than done with the endless options that are available today. You have to consider a number of aspects. Here are some things to take into account:
Color and texture
Accessories (locks, glass panels, transoms, doorknobs, etc.)
There are tons of variations when it comes to door styles. With sliding doors, hinged doors, bi-fold doors and so much more, the possibilities are endless. You can choose doors that open forward or backward for different practical reasons, or double-acting doors that swing out in both directions. Here is a list with descriptions of some common door styles:
Single Hinged Doors
The most common entry doors. They are hinged on one side and swing open. They can be made to swing either backwards or forwards.
Doors which are able to swing in both directions, similar to the kitchen doors in a restaurant.
Doors that are hung on a track on the face of a wall.
Doors whose faces are flat and smooth.
Doors with several panels that have horizontal or vertical strips, giving them a three-dimensional appearance. Also referred to as stile or rail doors.
Doors that consist of panes of glass that are separated by vertical and horizontal frames. They open and close similar to other doors, swinging in a vertical plane.
Doors that consist of a series of slats, usually arranged horizontally and fastened between vertical pieces. Desirable to use when you want air to flow through a room.
Doors that consist of two or more panels. The doors are hinged at one side and to each other.
Doors that slide into a cavity in the adjacent wall that is specially built for it.
Although weather elements and security should be considered when choosing an entry door, you should also spend some time thinking about the appearance you wish to create. An entry door can give a welcoming tone and raise the perceived value of your entire home. You can choose a subtle door to blend with the style of your home, or a bold door to stand out and make a statement. Whichever you prefer, there are limitless options so make sure not to rush
Consider your home’s architecture and complement it with an appropriate style. Aspects to be considered are color, texture and style.
Choose a material for your door – the most common options are wood, steel and fiberglass. Things to think about when deciding on a material are your budget, the climate in which you live and the maintenance you expect to do.
Decide on a handle type, material and lock which complements your door.
When choosing between a hinged or sliding patio door, consider the space around the door. Is there furniture that would interfere with opening a hinged door? Many people find sliding patio doors as the best option because they don’t require extra space for the door to open into.
Sliding glass doors are a good choice because the large pane of glass allows for a beautiful view to the outdoors. The frame can be aluminum, wood, wood clad, or vinyl.
Patio doors can offer increased energy efficiency. Ask for a list of doors with a low U-rating, double paned or coated glass.
Security doors offer a much greater degree of security than an ordinary external door. Though made of steel or heavy-duty aluminum, they can be made to look like an ordinary fiberglass or wood door. They are also available as an openwork door with heavy gauge bars able to withstand forces greater than 250 lbs while allowing air to flow when the main entry door is left open.
Security doors offer more than just protecting your loved ones and property from intruders, they also protect against fire by stopping the spread of smoke and flames.
These doors are more impervious to harsh weather elements than any other door material. The material is long lasting and recyclable.
Today, storm doors are not the rattling aluminum frames of the past.
The following are newer types of storm doors now available:
solid-wood core with bonded aluminum finish- they feel sturdy, won’t dent and are nearly maintenance free
composite- molded through color to minimize the appearance of scratches, impervious to water
foam filled aluminum- light weight with the option to insert a full-frame glass panel
vinyl clad- less expensive, won’t rust, hides scratches, less durable
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