Monday, March 08, 2010

Choosing The Right Type Of Residential Doors-Entry Doors

There are many types of exterior and interior doors to choose from when building a house. These include the front entry door, back door, sliding and french patio doors, garage service doors, bedroom, bathroom, closet and pocket doors.

Entry Doors

Entry doors are often the focal point of a house. They are available in a variety of materials and styles. The most popular doors are made of steel or fiberglass. Wood entry doors are being used less often due to being susceptible to rot, seasonal movement, warpage and weathering. Wood exterior doors also need more maintenance than  steel or fiberglass doors.

Styles that were once available in wood can now be found in steel and fiberglass. Six panel doors are often the style chosen by most buyers. Fiberglass doors are made with simulated woodgrain and can often be mistaken for a wood door.

A front door can be made more attractive by adding a number of components to it. One item that can be added to an entry door to make it more elegant are sidelights. Transoms are often added above a front door.  These can be square windows, but more often can be in the form of a half round or an elipsce.

This is the first in a series of articles about residential doors. Next up, patio and back doors.

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