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A Complete Shopper’s Guide to Double Entry Doors

The front doors are a defining characteristic of your home. Typically, they provide visitors with a sense of your style and set the tone before they even set foot inside. If you have suitable space and prefer an entryway that has a regal feel, then double entry doors could be an excellent option for you. This can have the effect of making the front appearance of your home look bigger and more welcoming.

The doors are available in a wide range of materials, including:

  • Composite / Fiberglass
  • Steel
  • Wood

Each material offers a unique set of benefits. They are sold at all different price points, based mainly on their construction. Double doors however, tend to cost more than single door counterparts, so keep in mind that you may need to select a more affordable material to ensure staying within your budget. This process is very important because it will create the foundation of your entrance way.

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Materials

If you are looking for a cost-effective material, then you will most likely need to search for steel double entry doors. These feature an insulating core material that is wrapped in steel, helping to keep the price down and ensuring they aren’t too heavy for your frame. Steel doors are generally low maintenance, though scratches need to be repaired quickly to prevent the underlying material from rusting. Composite or fiberglass doors are moderately priced but require less maintenance than steel. The material can mimic wood grain, giving you a more expensive look without paying the extra cost.

However, the surface is usually painted, so you won’t get the full look of wood. Wood double entry doors are generally the most expensive, but the surface can be painted or stained which gives you many options for finishing touches. The surface must be sealed to prevent moisture damage, so the maintenance requirements are higher. Whether you choose to make your double entry doors composite/fiberglass, steel or wood, they are all great selections and have their own benefits.

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Features

One of the major benefits of having double entry doors is the ability to create an expansive opening into your home. This makes your entryway more dramatic and also ensures that you can move large objects in and out of your house. However, that means that you need an entrance large enough to accommodate the doors as well as enough floor space for full operation. You can also buy double entry doors with a variety of glass inserts, transoms, and side panels.

This gives you the ability to allow more light into the interior of your home, making darker entryways feel brighter. Typically, there is a broad selection of hardware options for double doors too, such as nickel, brass, and bronze, giving you the ability to choose finishes that meet your style preferences. Make sure that you coordinate the doors with the correct hardware in order to complete the full look for the entrance of your home.

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Safety

Many homeowners are startled when they learn that double entry doors aren’t always as easy to secure as a single door. The fact that the doors meet in the center creates a natural weak point. If someone gave one strong kick into the door, this could break the locking mechanisms. You can help to fix this by investing in robust hardware. For example, a deadbolt with a longer barrel provides sturdiness, whereas an interior locking security bar creates an even stronger barrier.

You can also purchase door stop bolts to help stabilize the door and make it tougher to breach. This does mean you will need to spend more money but it is worth it for improved safety. Safety is #1 so you want to make sure that you have the correct locks and panels on your doors to ensure this.

Questions And Answers

What is the best color for a front door?

There is some logic, along with some science, in color selection. A color wheel is the best place for you to start choosing your color. You can mix various colors quickly and easily to find the perfect color scheme for your entry door and the exterior of your home.

Is a steel or fiberglass door better?

Fiberglass doors and steel doors are both great doors. If struck hard enough a fiberglass door can crack, steel does not. Other than that, these doors are both really great options. Steel is the more affordable of the two but fiberglass may be slightly better in all other aspects.

What is the best color to paint your front door?

Most importantly, you want the color of your door to blend with the rest of the exterior. White and red seem to be the most commonly used colors for a front door. After red and white, it is found that is brown, blue, and green come next in popularity.

How much does it cost to replace a door and door frame?

The cost of replacing a door and frame will vary greatly. It is going to depend on the type of material the door is made of and how customized it is. You sho.d expect to spend at minimum $500 for an exterior door and at least $300 for interior replacement.

What color should your front door be if it is facing north?

If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.

What kind of paint do you use on a front door?

First, you need to know whether the door has oil-based or latex paint. You don't want to mix and match, it needs to be the same. Next, you need an exterior paint. Finally, most people prefer a glossy paint for their exterior door. It tends to highlight the architectural features.

How much does it cost to install a new door?

On average the cost of a new entry door is between $500 and $700. The price varies greatly depending on things such as the material of the door, the brand, the type of door, the company installing the door, and more. Installing the door yourself will reduce the cost.

How much does it cost to install a door frame?

A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.

What is a good feng shui color for the front door?

Your entry door, in feng shui, is how your house is able to receive energy for nourishment. The energy quality determines the energy that your home has. Often, the color you choose is based on the direction in which your door faces. For example, North, South, West, East.

Can you paint a PVC door?

Yes, you most certainly can. You will want to be sure that you clean the door before painting and be sure that it is dry completely. You then will prime and paint. Be sure to use a good set of rollers when painting your door.

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How To Hang A Prehung Door

There are many factors that can influence you use a prehung door as a replacement door. They are a great option for individuals who do not have as much experience in home improvement. This is because these doors are easier to install, and several door installation steps have already been done for the customer. For instance, they usually come with a precut doorknob hole and hinges already attached. Although these doors are easier to install than slab doors, you still have to concentrate and follow many steps to correctly install a prehung door. Follow the steps below to ensure a level, snugly fitted prehung door.

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How To Make A Door Jamb

Many people assume that making a door jamb is hard, but it’s actually a project almost anyone can handle. Typically, you only need a few wood boards and some basic tools to get started, meaning you don’t have to hire a professional to get high-quality results.

This approach can be especially cost effective as it allows you to buy slab doors instead of the pre-hung units most people choose. Just follow the steps below to get your new, custom door jamb made.

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How To Install Door Threshold

With time, the threshold on your door can get ruined or even worn out. The seal is one of the most common problems that occurs and it creates problems with shutting the door and keeping things energy efficient. If that is the only issue you have, you might be able to only get that replaced. However, if there are even more issues, you should probably install a new door threshold. This is not a complicated project and doesn’t take long.

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