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The first thing one must consider before purchasing a
replacement door is whether they need an interior or exterior door.
Many doors are made for both interior and exterior use, but it is
important to never use an interior door for exterior use. Exterior
doors need proper insulation and weather guarding. If an interior
door is exposed to outside weather conditions, it will delaminate as
a result of moisture and UV damage. There are several different
types of interior and exterior doors to choose from.
Hinged doors are the most commonly used door because they can be
used for both interior and exterior use. They come in many types,
but most have the same basic structure. The framework consists of a
hinge stile and a lock stile. You can choose between panel and flush
hinge doors. Flush doors are generally less expensive and have a
smooth surface. Panel doors have several panels mounted in between
rails and styles giving it a more sectional appearance.
As an entry door to a deck or patio, a sliding door would work best.
Sliding doors provide great versatility. They usually consist of one
movable panel and one fixed panel, also called atrium doors.
Exterior patio sliding doors glide along the top and bottom carrier
and they move independently. They are usually available in aluminum,
glass, and wood frameworks. Closet sliding doors are usually hung
from the top rail. You can also use a bi-fold door for closet use.
Bi-folds consist of two panels that close into each other.
French doors are another option, mainly for interior use, but can
also be used as entry doors to gardens or back porch rooms. French
doors consist of two swinging doors connected together in a train.
You can choose between several designs which include an in-swing
French door, out-swing French door, and a French style sliding patio
door. Certain interior French doors can be finished to match an
existing theme. Thanks to fiberglass, exterior French doors are
available in several colors as well.
Last but not least, for external use only, storm doors are an
essential aspect to enhance the appearance of your home. Storm doors
are a great way to weatherproof your home and also save in energy
costs. They consist of windows, screens and sometimes both. There
are several things to consider before purchasing a storm door
including the type of door finish, hardware quality, weather
stripping, and construction material. It is best to invest in a
storm door if your main exterior door is old. It is often a waste of
money to add a storm door to a new exterior door because the energy
savings are not worth it.