Your door is the first thing that guests and visitors, as well as you and your family, see when they walk in. What your door is made out of plays a big part in how your home is perceived and the atmosphere that your home creates. There are a few different materials you can choose from, either synthetic or natural, that will make a great initial impression when your guests are walking through the doorway.
Wood doors are some of the most traditional door types, and one of the first materials used to make doors. Timber, or wood, doors are the mainstay indoor and window types. Many wood doors have glass inserts that create beautiful bright light during the day.
Wood doors have the advantage of being made from locally available materials, according to what is available to the carpenters. You can also special order a type of wood that is your favorite. They can also be stained or painted. Wood doors can be used in the interior or exterior of the home, and are most frequently used as the exterior doors.
Most exterior doors measure about 1/16″ thick and will have insulation between panels. Applying to finish will help to maintain the doors. Keep in mind that exterior doors often require two people to replace, and many situations would require you to hire a licensed handyman to handle.
Glass doors are often found in the back of the house. In that location, they provide clear views of the backyard or garden. There are also glass doors in the bathroom or other areas of the house.
Front doors can also be constructed out of glass. Special care and consideration should be taken in order to ensure privacy and durability. Glass doors are panels set into wood or metal framing and set. These types of doors are frequently heavier than other types of doors.
Steel is a popular material due to its strength and durability. It’s been used for years and it provides safety and security. Steel and other metals are used for indoor and outdoor doors.
Steel’s a great material for making a frame, and it is a good substitute for wood. Steel frames are more economical than wood. They’re long-lasting and require little maintenance.
Lightweight and affordable, many modern homes are equipped with PVC doors. Composite doors can be made to resemble natural materials and are virtually maintenance-free. They are water-resistant and can be a good choice in places with weather conditions. PVC doors may also be stronger than wood doors.
PVC doors are more affordable than many other material types. Another benefit of PVC doors is that they can provide insulation to a room. They are secure, and also will not rust or warp, unlike steel or wood doors. Easy to maintain and resistant to pests, these are a modern door choice that will safeguard your home for years to come.
Bamboo-Jute Composite Doors
Bamboo is a renewable resource and can be a great choice for eco-conscious homeowners. These types of doors are corrosion resistant, pest resistant, biodegradable and affordable.
Bamboo-jute composite doors are modern door types that are becoming more popular. You can use them both for the interior of the house and exterior of the house.
Aluminum doors are used in many areas of the country, and they are both lightweight and durable. This type of door works best in sliding or hung layout for indoors as well as exterior.
Aluminum is a great choice for exterior doors because they maintain their strength in cooler temperatures. They are also cost-effective and made from recyclable materials. With surface treatments, they are even more durable and will also prevent them from conducting electrical current. You can improve the look of the door by polishing or grinding as well finishing with paint and anodizing.
Fiberglass is a man-made material which is glass drawn into a fibrous form and then woven into cloth. It’s non-flammable, strong and light. Fiberglass has high tensile strength. It’s bonded with resin and used to make many materials in the home industry.
These types of doors do not warp with the weather. They’re filled with foam and can offer good insulation. Fiberglass doors can have wood panels installed on the outside to give them the desired look and feel.
This list of door types is a starting point to choosing the right door for your home. As well as having many materials to choose from, there are also different styles that you can browse in order to find the right choice for your home and your budget. Whether you need interior or exterior doors, knowing and studying the types before will help you make a more educated decision.
Edward Flanagan is the founder of Edward’s Enterprises, a handyman service & licensed general contractor that has been improving homes and providing facilities maintenance in Southern California since 1996. Their handyman services include door and window repair and installation. Edward currently divides his time between Camarillo and Venice Beach, CA, and loves the 405.