Changing up the styles of your home’s exterior doors will not only change up the look of your house, but boost curb appeal.
It’s not an easy project to undertake yourself as measurements are critical for this project. The “measure twice, cut once” motto is more like “measure five times, and then ask an expert” in this case. But rest assured, this will drastically improve your home, especially if the doors are dated and run down.
There are so many different options when it comes to doors, an expert can truly help you break it down. For instance, which way do you want the door to open: does the door slide or swing open? Does it open in or out? Open from the left or the right? Is there glass, is it solid wood, is it a single or a double?
The Different Door Styles For the Exterior
- Open left or right
- Swing in or out
- Double-bore door (for the handle and bolt lock)
Double doors (French)
- Open from the centre
- Sometimes have glass
- One side is static (left or right?), other side stationary but can also open if unlocked
Centre hinge doors
– The appearance of French doors, but only one side actually opens
Tripe or quad doors
- A combination of three or four doors
- Stationary or operable doors
- Can be centre hinge or French door
- Good for spaces with less room
- Takes up no floor space (since doors don’t slide in or out)
- All glass, so great for viewing
- Upgraded locks for extra security
Selecting The Door Options
Now that we’ve established the different mechanical options, here are some details that will help embellish the look of your new door.
- The technical term is transoms and sidelites. Transoms are windows above the door whereas sidelites are windows next to the door. These add light, can open for venting, and of course the sidelites offer extra visuals so you can see who is at the door.
- The slab, or the door material, is an important consideration. These days your doors can be made of solid wood, or hollow, steel or fiberglass. The latter material is gaining in popularity and is more insulated, won’t rot or rust or warp and of course, is environmentally friendly.
- As discussed, glass can be added above the door or on the sides. It all depends on how much extra light and how much privacy you desire. You can have a door made entirely of glass (like a patio door), or only partially. The glass can have different shapes such as circular, square, rectangular, oval or even custom shapes and patterns. The glass can also be clear, tinted, it can be bevelled, it can have grids (or no grids).
If you’re still not sure of the style you prefer, shop around. Or better yet, drive around the different neighbourhoods in your area and others and see what you like (and don’t like). Big box stores also have a variety of styles on display that you can check out as well.