House Door Designs
When you’re buying a new house or refurnishing and remodeling an older one, there are plenty of things to consider-what color you’d like to paint your walls, whether you need to replace your insulation, how to seal corners and edges so that they don’t get dirty, whether to replace the floor or add new sections.
One aspect that many people don’t consider, however, is the doors inside the home.
Why are house doors so important? Well, they are used very, very often without us even realizing it. If we have an annoying door whose lock is broken, it bothers us when we’re going to the restroom or trying to find some solace in our own room.
Doors can be bothersome if they are too heavy, difficult to open, or easily jammed, so plenty of consideration must be given for the type of house doors you want and the way in which you install them.
One of the major doors in the house is the exterior door. This may be your front door, side door, garage door, or patio door, and are visible from the outside.
Exterior house doors give visitors a first impression of the state of your home, so it’s nice if your exterior house doors match your outside walls and look fairly solid. Solid-looking doors also fend off thieves.
If you are looking for a wood door, be sure to pay attention to the type of wood and the finish done on it; higher quality woods and finishes will preserve the life of your door. Thicker and wider stiles and rails generally indicate a better, sturdier door, and make sure that your door includes seals to fend off bad weather.
Glass doors are also usable for exterior house doors if they are highly resistant to shattering or breakage (such as the Pease-Shield glass by Pease Industries). Good quality steel and fiberglass doors include a thermal break (a layer of insulation) that keeps the cold from outside from getting indoors through the frame.
If you live in a cold area and are considering a fiberglass or steel door, it is necessary to get one with insulation, else frost may form on the inside of the door in the wintertime, making it freezing to the touch.
Regarding interior house doors, many types and sizes exist.
Conventionally, there are four major types of interior doors-the folding door, the bypass, the pocket door, and the conventional hinged door.
Folding doors are commonly used where conventional swinging doors are unable to be used-for instance, in small spaces or for larger closets with shelves that would block a swinging door. Folding doors work like a fan to expand and fold.
Bypass doors are usually used for closets and storage places and usually hang from rollers and slide to the side in order to open. These are usually in sets of two or three and pass each other in order to open. Pocket doors also slide, but there is usually only one door, and it slides into a “pocket” in the wall.
When deciding what type of door you want, be sure to consider the function, as well as aesthetics.