Replacing your exterior doors is an easy and effective way to spruce up your home. While it’s a seemingly straightforward project, however, door replacement does require some careful decision-making. One of the things you need to decide on is your choice of door style, which can affect the overall aesthetics and functionality of your home. In today’s market, the most popular door options include:
1. Hinged French Doors. A classic choice for many homes, hinged French doors are recognizable by their two panels, which are designed to swing both inward and outward. Each panel has several smaller glass panels along the entire length of the door, with an often intricate door handle. Hinged French doors are known for their timeless beauty. In fact, they can easily serve as a focal point in any room. These doors go well with more traditional home styles.
When opened, these doors create a wide opening that allows for smoother flow of movement. This makes entertaining easier because there will be no crowding when going to and from your home. When closed, hinged French doors keep an airtight seal because its panels press firmly against each other, ensuring that heating energy doesn’t leak out. Even if its glass panes are divided by muntins, hinged French doors can provide enough natural illumination for your home, while also providing an extended view of the outdoors.
2. Sliding Glass Doors. If you prefer something sleeker, you should consider sliding glass doors. Their thin frames and expansive glass area make them a staple in modern and contemporary homes, which typically focus on bright, open spaces and neat, simple designs. Sliding glass doors provide effortless operation. Instead of swinging in or out, they glide smoothly along a track. This also makes them great space-savers–they fit neatly to the side, which means they won’t interrupt furniture placement or hamper your preferred room layout.
Even when closed, sliding glass doors can create a stronger, more seamless connection between your interior and outdoor spaces. Not only that, their large glass areas let in a considerable amount of natural light and, with the right glass, you can keep a brighter home while also drawing warmth from the sun. This is especially useful during the colder months.
3. Gliding French Doors. This option successfully blends the elegant look of French doors with the effortless operation and space-saving benefits of a sliding glass door. Customize your doors further with your choice of color, door hardware and finish. With this door option, you can add a unique yet functional touch to your home.
When choosing a door style, relate its features to your specific needs. This way, you can make the most of your investment.
In the third and final installment of our three-part blog series, we’ll provide tips on how to choose the best door installation company for your project.