Metal Doors Exterior Double

Blue Exterior Door with WindowYour entry door is the first thing people notice when they come to your home. It makes a statement and sets the tone for the rest of the house. Is your door sending the right message? If not,let us help you select the right door for your home. You'll learn the key terms you need to know as well as different materials available for doors.

Exterior Door Terminology


Doors have their own special language. In order to make an informed choice about a new door,you need to learn some of the lingo:

Inswing (I/S): A door that opens in

Outswing (O/S): A door that opens out

Left Hand: For an I/S door,hinges are on the left,and for an O/S door,hinges are on the right (when the door is viewed from the house's exterior)

Right Hand: For an I/S door,hinges are on the right,and for an O/S door,hinges are on the left (when the door is viewed from the house's exterior)

Lite: A pane of glass in a door

Divided Lite: Panes of glass that are or appear to be divided

Grille: Plastic,wooden or metal assembly in a door that gives the appearance of divided lites

Traditional Entry Doors

Entry Doors

Steel doors have energy-efficient foam core insulation and are fully weather stripped by the manufacturer. They're highly resistant to shrinking,swelling and warping. Their tough,steel construction will withstand years of extreme weather conditions with minimum maintenance. The doors can be purchased with pre-drilled door knob and lockset holes,making installation even easier. Steel doors come pre-primed and ready to paint.

Fiberglass doors offer the same energy-saving and easy installation qualities as steel doors. Fiberglass doors have wood-grain texture molded into the door so they give the appearance of a real wood door when painted or stained.Exterior Door AccentsTheir high-quality composite construction makes these doors resistant to all sorts of weather as well as scratches and dents. These are an excellent choice for extreme climates and high-traffic entrances.

Wood doors offer the most traditional look. The familiar look and feel of a well-crafted wooden door sends an inviting message of home and hearth. The substantial weight of a wooden door adds a sense of security and sturdiness to your home. These doors may be painted or stained for a natural,warm appearance. Wooden doors are usually made using frame and panel construction to counteract the effects of climatic or seasonal changes.

Patio Doors

Patio Doors & Accessories

Patio doors,including French and sliding glass doors,range from 5 to over 12 feet in width. The selection of patio doors is as diverse as their sizes:

Sliding doors are like big picture windows. The doors are usually large panes of glass mounted in a frame with rollers. They're manufactured from a variety of materials including:

Aluminum doors are usually the least expensive. Their all-aluminum construction won't rust and is easily maintained.

Vinyl doors are low-maintenance and energy-efficient. The tough vinyl frames are easy-to-maintain and look new for years. Most vinyl patio doors offer low-emissive,insulated glass and factory-installed weather stripping for maximum energy efficiency.

First things first

2008-03-18 19:22:51 by bwink

You need to make sure all exterior doors have deadbolts. Done?
Reinforce the deadbolt with a steel plate.
Most exterior door frames will have a double 2x4 on either side of the door. Shooting a 3 inch steel screw into the deadbolt catch plate will make it exceedingly difficult to kick the door in.
What is the composition of your exterior doors? If they are not solid metal or wood, then I would suggest a change. Home Depot or local comparable always has helpful staff.

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