Choosing Interior and Exterior Doors

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Choosing the right windows and doors can greatly improve your home's curb appeal. Exterior doors create a focal point for your home's outer appearance while providing protection against the elements. Inside the home, interior doors affect the look and feel of a room while providing privacy and deadening sound.

Exterior Doors

Exterior doors need to be heavier and more durable than interior doors, as the door must be able to withstand the rigors of rain, snow, heat and cold. Exterior doors are also a defense against criminal entry and block noise from the street.

Exterior doors may fulfill very practical functions, but that doesn't mean they need to look utilitarian. Entry doors can include glass paneling, grilles and decorative carving, all of which add to your home's beauty.

Interior Doors

Interior doors offer more design choices than exterior doors, because the doors don't have to withstand the same forces. Interior doors are often hollow frames covered with a plywood veneer, but can also be made of solid wood if you want a classical look that also deadens sound.

Glass Doors

Glass doors blur the line between doors and windows. Sliding patio doors are common features of today's homes. Patio doors often open from a kitchen or dining area onto a home's patio or deck, and allow large amounts of light into the adjourning room. Master bedrooms with a connecting patio may also have sliding glass doors.

Inside the house, double French doors act as room dividers, while maintaining a feeling of spaciousness. French doors act as a window between two adjoining rooms.

Doors and Design

Windows and doors, like other home elements, go through periods of time when certain designs are popular. When choosing doors, try to avoid passing fads in favor of designs that stand the test of time. While paint and window finishes can be changed with ease, windows and doors are more difficult to replace.

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