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Your choice of door can make a big difference in the look, comfort, and security of your home. Like many household details, doors aren’t usually noticed, but they can make or break your home’s curb appeal, and the look and style of every room.
Door Styles and Materials
Whether you’re choosing interior or exterior doors, they come in a wide variety of styles, including classic pre-hung slab doors, sliding doors (often used as patio doors or for decks), double doors, pocket doors, folding doors, flush doors, barn doors, panel doors, French doors, Dutch doors, and more.
Depending on their location and use, doors come in a range of materials, including wood, steel, fiberglass, Masonite, and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), including hollow core and solid core options. They can all, of course, include windows or window panels as well, and come in a variety of thicknesses.
The type you choose will depend on the door’s location in the house (from entryways to closets), as well as your preferences for insulation, security, convenience, and style. We can also give you fire and sound ratings for the doors you choose. Learn more, starting with our labor-saving Tips video, below, and use the form to request a free Door Planning Checklist.
Exterior doors all have to be more durable and secure. They’re exposed to weather, insulate your home from the winter cold and summer heat, and are the first barrier of entry to your home. For this reason, they all need to be made from strong, sturdy materials like wood, fiberglass, vinyl and vinyl clad, or metals like steel and aluminum.
Other entrance doors, like those to your garage, mud room, or back yard, are not as visible, so while you still want strong, well-insulated doors for those locations, you can choose less distinctive doors to save money.
Storm doors, as their name implies, are often chosen as an extra level of protection against the elements. They can include features like screening to keep out bugs and allow air flow, pet doors, decorative metal security panels, and fixed or sliding window panes.
Exterior Doors: Patios
Depending on how open or finished your patio or enclosed porch is, patio doors fit into a kind of hybrid door type, as they are a mix of interior and exterior door. A finished and insulated patio or porch won’t need an exterior-rated door, while a screened porch or patio will need more insulation and security. We can help you choose the right door for your space.
New interior doors can become a big part of the style used in remodeling, improve security or sound isolation, and change the flow of a room, or even your entire home. Doors can provide beautiful accents to your décor, giving you visual limitations (solid doors), or an inviting view to the next room or the outdoors (French doors).
While it’s often worth spending more on decorative and functional doors for dramatic effect, many doors, especially those for closets, unfinished basement rooms, or even offices, can be simpler and more utilitarian, to save money.
The cost of any door will depend on a number of factors, including the size, style of door, the material you choose, and your budget (as there are often a number of choices within each category).
Starting with some basics for size, swing, and style, we can help you make all the decisions you’ll need before ordering any doors. From style to swing (right- or left-hand), framing, hinges, locksets, handles, and hardware. Our staff can help you with the options available, and put together pricing and trade-offs for you.
Taking the proper measurements and recording the right information before making an appointment can save you time and trouble when you stop in. As always, we can help. Call if you have any questions, then start your project today by watching our tips video below.
Video: Tips for Starting Your Doors Project
Ready to begin?
Fill out the simple form for a free Door Planning Checklist. Take all your notes, measurements, and details, then make an appointment with one of our doors experts by calling us at 315-735-4475.