You might think all doors are created equal, but they’re definitely not. First there’s the material to consider: Do you want a wood door? A fiberglass door? A glass door? And then there’s the style. You could go dutch, French, or maybe paneled. The choices are endless, and there are definitely some considerations to be made before picking out the doors for your house, so we’ve broken all the info down for you.

French Door

These double doors are seriously statement making. Set on hinges, they open up on either side, offering views for days and tons of natural light. Go on and live your fanciest life.

Glass Door

Glass doors usually consist of panels of glass set into a wood frame. Since privacy is a consideration, they’re usually used for the back of the house, where views will be most apparent. Natural light is an obvious plus, but be warned—they are harder to maintain and generally more expensive than other types of doors.

Panel Door

Paneled doors are super common, so this will probably look familiar. The frame of the door is is made from wood, then shutter panels made out of wood, plywood, hard board, etc., are inserted. Panels can be made out of glass, but wood is what you’ll see most often.

Battened and Ledged Door

This is maybe the most simple door you can choose. They consist of wooden battens with three horizontal ledges (top, middle, and bottom). Battened and ledged doors can be braced, or braced and framed to add rigidity and make them more aesthetically appealing.

Hinged Doors

You’ve probably got these all over your house, and then some. These are your straight-up passage doors, where one end of the door is installed on hinges so it can swing to and from the room.

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are a must for a location that needs a large opening, like a back patio or a closet. They move on a track, so they don’t protrude into your space at all. If you’re going for a clean-lined, minimalist look, this is a good bet.

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Author: Stratedia