Twin Front Doors

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A Complete Buyer’s Guide to Twin Front Doors

Your front doors make a statement, giving visitors an idea of what to expect when they enter your home. Twin front doors, another term for double front doors, allow homeowners to create grand entryways. The doors swing open from the center, giving people ample room to enter or exit a home. Plus, they provide a sense of opulence, improving the visual aesthetic of your entryway.

Twin front doors are available in a variety of materials, including:

  • Composite / Fiberglass
  • Steel
  • Wood

Every material provides its own benefits, but also comes with potential drawbacks. Additionally, the construction of twin front doors has a significant impact on the overall cost.

You’ll also find a broad selection of styles to choose from, ranging from industrial to traditional to contemporary. This allows you to select twin front doors that meet both your functional and design-related needs.

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Materials

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when purchasing twin front doors is choosing the material. Not only will this affect the cost of the door, but it also determines the maintenance requirements. One the cheaper end of the spectrum are steel doors. They aren’t constructed of solid metal. Instead, a lighter core is covered in sheet steel to make the weight manageable.

Steel twin front doors are durable, though you have to make sure the finish remains intact to prevent rust. Composite or fiberglass doors are moderately priced and require less maintenance than steel. The material can also be cast to mimic wood grain, creating a higher-end look, and is easily painted. Wood twin front doors are the most expensive but allow you to paint or stain the surface. They are durable, but the maintenance requirements are high to ensure the wood isn’t directly exposed to the elements.

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Safety

A secure front door is often seen as a must. After all, your doorway represents a weak point, so choosing a robust option can help deter break-ins. Some homeowners may be surprised to learn that twin front doors might not be as secure as a single front door. The middle, where the two doors come together, represent a weak point, and a swift kick could defeat the integrity of the lock.

However, you can mitigate these risks by selecting a lock with a long barrel, allowing the barrel to penetrate deeper into the other door and providing additional stability. Adding interior locking security bars can also help as well as door stop bolts that penetrate into the floor.

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Features

The biggest benefit of twin front doors is the ability to create a wide opening when entering your home. This allows the entryway to be incredibly dramatic, but it does mean that more floor space is required to operate them.

You can also find twin front doors with a variety of aesthetic features, including glass inserts or side panels, and even transoms. By adding glass to your entryway, more light enters the room, making darker entryways more vibrant. Hardware is also available in a wide range of finishes, including bronze, brass, and nickel. You can select options that best reflect your personal style or that complement the era of your home to help make your final look cohesive.

Questions And Answers

How much does it cost to buy and install a new front door?
Most stronger, longer-lasting front doors will run between $350 and $750 plus. If you want a higher quality brand, the cost may be a bit more. In addition, if you want someone to install the front door, this would vary based on contractor rates but may be around $200.
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.
What does it mean to have a black door?
If you have black door, that signifies great things about you and your home. It can stand for authority, power, sophistication and strength. Anyone who goes by or comes over will know you are serious about protecting your home and your family members too.
How do I clean my front door?
If your front door is painted, always be sure to clean it with diluted product. If you don’t it could strip the color from your door. To get dirt and marks off your front door, use dish soap and water. Paper towels should be used to dry your door.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What color to paint a north facing front door?
The two best colors for a north facing front door are gray and white. You could also paint this door black, blue, gray or white. You should not paint a north facing front door purple, red, yellow, brown, green, pink or orange.
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How To Paint Metal Front Door

You may think of painting walls in different rooms of your home, arts and crafts but you may not have considered painting a metal front door. This type of door gets drilled by the sun every day and the metal may get very hot. Through time, the pain is going to start peeling off your door. In just a couple years after painting it, the door may look like a cracked egg all over. When others come to your home, they won’t be all too thrilled. Some people say that lighter paint is going to help with this.

However, if that isn’t something you want to do, you may need to try out different things before finally figuring it out. There are many paints and primers out there so you may need to mix and match until it is just right. The one thing to remember is that you should only pain when there is shade and not when the sun is fully out.

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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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How To Fix A Drafty Door

We waste enough money and energy trying to keep our homes warm in the winter. Don’t let this energy and money leak through the cracks in your drafty doors. Poor insulation in your doors can have a number of causes. If you can figure out what the problem is, it will make it much easier to repair. Some of the solutions below might be helpful. If you are unable to distinguish what the exact problem is, then just try the solutions below, and your home will be more comfortable, efficient, and inexpensive to heat and cool.

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New Style Front Doors

For those who appreciate a more modern or contemporary aesthetic, new style front doors can allow you to express your personal style while improving your curb appeal. While other styles can share some of these aspects, like Craftsman, new style front doors typically lack the distinct panels found in those designs. Additionally, any wood grain featured in the doors tends to be incredibly linear, forgoing the knots and variances found in many traditional, rustic, or Craftsman doors, though that can vary depending on the wood used. But wood isn’t the only material option as new style front doors can also be constructed of fiberglass/composite or steel. New style front doors can feature glass, though the inserts generally adhere to the more significant rules associated with the modern or contemporary category by avoiding intricate designs. read more

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Single Front Doors

First, think about how you plan to use your new front door. The material that you choose makes a difference and should be considered in detail. This is going to be the main deciding factor in the door that you get. Other things that you need to consider are budget and your own personal preferences on looks. Some people love modern doors with lots of windows while others prefer that their door be completely solid and enjoy sidelights instead. You will probably find a number of doors that appeal to you and then narrowing them down will be the tricky part of the buying process. With so many options available with doors everyone will be able to find a front door that will suit their needs. read more

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Domestic Front Doors

You may not think much about the appearance of your domestic front door, because you look at it only when you’re coming home, but it’s the first thing most people notice. You might have heard real estate agents talk about “curb appeal” before. If you haven’t, this phrase is pretty self-explanatory—would your home be attractive to someone driving by? There are several factors you can use to increase your home’s curb appeal, including landscaping and lighting, but one of the most important elements is your front door. If your domestic front door meets these criteria, you have a leg up on the competition. read more

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