15 Types of Doors for Your Home
This post is the first half of Window Replacement Group’s guide on the 30+ types of door for your home. There are many types of doors for your home. They can be made of wood, metal, or glass. Some doors can be opened manually while others are automatic. The type of door you choose is a personal preference and will depend on your needs and budget.
Most people don’t come to think about doors, windows, and other architectural fixtures unless there is something wrong with them to fix, or else they are building or renovating their homes. In actuality, the number of different types of doors you can get for a building is astounding, numbering over 30 separate types. Whether you’re looking for a stylish door, such as a glazed door, or a French door; or something more functional like a battened and ledged door, you’re sure to find the right one for you after reading Part 1 of our handy guide.
1. Aluminum Doors
Aluminum doors are rapidly becoming a standard feature of contemporary homes. They are adaptable, so you may use them as swinging or sliding doors. Aluminum’s adaptability means that it can be used in a variety of applications and it can work well for exterior or interior doors.
Doors made from the material can improve the look of any area, from the foyer to the bedroom. If you want to use aluminum doors inside, they work best with large areas, where the construction of the door can be allowed to shine. Already the standard in many modern condos, penthouses, and stand-alone homes; aluminum doors are renowned for their durability, attractiveness, and ability to insulate against the elements. It is common knowledge that aluminum is a long-lasting, low-maintenance material.
2. Bamboo Door
Doors and window frames made of bamboo are still quite uncommon. Because for a very long period, there was a significant shortage of superior bamboo beams. When it comes to security, bamboo doors are not really a great choice as they are more decorative and aesthetic in their construction. Bamboo is one of the most suitable eco-friendly substitutes for hardwood in cases where durability and longevity of the doors are of utmost importance. Bamboo doors are referred to as CO2 neutral, meaning they have a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.
3. Barn Doors
A barn door is a type of sliding door with a rustic or farmhouse aesthetic that is often mounted on a track above the entrance. When open, barn doors take up just wall space since they slide along the wall, rather than taking up any usable floor space. Useful as both a visual feature and a practical room divider, they are popular in many homes.
Although barn doors were originally designed for use outside of buildings, they have become a standard feature of today’s farmhouse building designs. Typically, barn doors are made of wood and mounted on a track. They’re a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways.
4. Battened & Ledged Doors
These doors are made up of vertical battens that are hammered or screwed to horizontal pieces called ledgers. Battens are used often, and they range in width from 6 to 7 inches and thickness from 0.7 to 1.2 inches. Battened doors, which are often narrower in width, tend to look nicer.
These doors can be braced alone or braced and framed to increase sturdiness and improve appearance. In homes where cost-effectiveness is paramount, these doors are commonly used for bathrooms, toilets.
5. Bifold Doors
Select bifold if you want a simple transition from indoors to outdoors. Bifold doors fold back on themselves, which gives you a lot more space along entrances and walls. When opened, bifolding designs are neither Dutch nor French; instead, they elegantly stack out of the way to reveal a breathtaking view of the outdoors and create the sensation of a spacious interior.
Lightweight internal bifold doors fold inward toward the opening. Doors like this, which fold and glide open at the same time, are frequently used to block off storage spaces like pantries, laundry rooms, and kitchens.
Glass and steel bifold doors, which are a popular choice in contemporary construction, are another viable alternative for outside use. Our bifold doors at Window Replacement Group are impact doors, allowing them to protect the interior of your home during hurricanes. Our team in Jupiter can provide you with hurricane-proof doors to keep your house in storm-weathering shape.
When all the panels are closed, the view may be obscured significantly by the frames around the glass. Making the frames as slim as possible can help reduce this problem.
6. Collapsible Doors
Collapsible doors, also known as retractable security doors or accordion doors are galvanized steel and structural aluminum trellis-style security gates. One rail is fastened to the floor and the other is fastened to the lintel, and the shutter on the door moves along these two rails. A roller fixed on top supports the equivalent movement in both directions for easier operation.
These extending gates may be constructed to accommodate virtually any entrance in a building, including doors, windows, hallways, patios, skylights, and more. You usually find collapsible doors behind other doors, since they act more like modifiable burglar bars than static doors.
7. Dutch Doors
A Dutch door, often called a double-hung door or half door, is a split door that swings open at the top and remains closed at the bottom.
The two halves can be held together by a sturdy bolt, and the door may be used as one unit.
Dutch doors are popular nowadays because they are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. These doors are the good options for internal doors, as they allow you to monitor the entry and exit of children and pets, while maintaining control over which rooms they have access to.
8. Fiber-reinforced Plastic Doors
Due to its durability and versatility, fiber-reinforced plastic is often used in the door manufacturing industry. Raw ingredients including polyester resin, fiberglass, filters, thickening agents, and colors go into making these doors.
Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) is a material that consists of a polymer resin reinforced by chopped strand mat glass fibers. It is often used as a composite material since it is not only robust but also surprisingly lightweight. Natural wood finishes are only one of several color and texture options for FRP doors.
9. Fiber Glass Door
Fiberglass doors are often a durable alternative. Unlike wood, fiberglass does not warp or deteriorate when exposed to weather, moisture, or humidity. Fiberglass is a strong material. This door is more resistant to dents, scratches, and rust than conventional materials. This material, in addition to its longevity, requires little maintenance. However, if hit hard enough, fiberglass may be damaged or cracked.
One important thing to note about fiber glass is that it can crack. Some fiberglass doors are unable to be trimmed at all. Others can only be cut at the top and bottom. Even doors that can be planed on all four sides are seldom trimmed by more than a half-inch on each edge.
10. Flush Door
A flush door is made out of a single piece with an adhesive-attached exterior covering of wood veneer, MDF, or laminate. A flush door is so named because it has an absolutely smooth surface. A flush door is built of a solid blackboard core, vertical stiles, and horizontal rails that form a pre-fixed frame, and the blackboard is made of edge-to-edge hardwood strips sandwiched between veneers. A flush door is one that is composed of a timber frame that is coated on both sides with ply. The remaining hollow space is filled with softwood rectangular blocks.
11. French Doors
French doors have big glass panels and are frequently used as an alternative to traditional patio doors. These doors are hinged on opposite sides of a doorway and meet in the center. That also indicates that the door handles are normally located in the center, where the two doors meet, and that the doors open away from one another. They are defined by an abundance of glass that allows in lots of natural light.
They’re a wonderful home improvement investment since they’re inexpensive but add considerable market value, so they virtually pay for themselves. French doors, whether they lead to a balcony or your garden, may open up an outside wall and create the impression that you’ve expanded the space in a room. Window Replacement Group offers French Doors that aren’t just eye-catching, but they are also efficient. Our French doors come with impact-glass, to protect your household from intruders and weather.
French doors make a statement. French doors are commonly utilized as outside doors because they let in a lot of light. Nonetheless, they are effective for separating rooms without limiting the area, making the living space look larger.
12. Glass Door
The common glass door typically consists of panes of glass mounted in metal or wooden frames. These are often placed on the side or rear of a home to provide for maximum ventilation and light. Doors made of glass may be opened in a number of different ways, including by sliding, swinging, folding, pivoting, stacking, and a host of others. Glass doors inside a house will not seal off any family room or business. You’ll get a complete view of your surroundings, giving the impression that the space is more expansive. Glass doors are the ideal choice for homeowners and contractors who wish to update the aesthetic appeal of their property with a sleek, contemporary style.
13. Glazed/Slash Door
Glazing, which comes from the Middle English word for “glass,” is a glass component of a wall or window. Glazing also refers to the job of a professional “glazier”. One of the primary advantages of having external glazed doors is that it increases the quantity of natural light that enters the space. Because a lack of natural light may make places feel closed in and dark, glazed doors are frequently suggested for smaller rooms. Glazed doors differ from glass doors in that the latter is all-glass, while glazed windows feature glass and other materials.
14. Hinged Doors
Hinged doors are the most common type of door and they refer to the mechanism of opening and closing the door. A hinged door can have a number of hinges upon which it opens, from one, centrally located, to even four or five, if the door is heavy and requires extra support. Hinged doors can be used just about anywhere a door is needed. Most of the time, these doors are used as front doors, back doors, interior doors, and wardrobe doors.
15. Hollow core and cellular core flush door
Hollow core flush doors are hollow on the inside and are supported by two layers of plywood on either side of a frame. There is frequently some form of extra reinforcement inside the frame for added stability and integrity. This might be corrugated cardboard working as a honeycomb support structure.
The frame is made up of stiles, top, intermediate, and bottom rails, and wooden battens attached to the rails to fill spaces/gaps between stiles and rails. Plywood sheets and face veneers are glued to the core under pressure. These doors are lighter in weight than the others, however they are not as sturdy as solid core flush doors. The doors are simple to make and inexpensive.
Doors are an important part of our homes. They are responsible for guarding our privacy and security, as well as our comfort. There are many different types of doors that you can choose from, which will depend on your home’s needs and your personal preferences. The key takeaway is: just as there are many doors fulfilling a myriad of functions, the specificity of each door means there will always be a right fit for your needs. In Florida, one of these needs will be hurricane proofing. To make sure that when bad weather strikes, you’re not left in the lurch, read Part 2 of the types of door you can have installed in your home.