Selecting the Door You Want

Much has been said about upgrading ones home by remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, adding a deck, or installing new flooring. Very little is ever said about installing solid, stain grade wood doors that can immensely add to a home’s curb appeal and create an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication through out the interior of the home.

  1. The first criteria in selecting a door are to determine if the door is an interior or exterior door. Interior doors are generally 1 3/8” thick while exterior doors are 1 ¾” thick or thicker. However, there is no reason a 1 ¾” door can not be selected for interior use if you are seeking a more substantial look and feel.
  2. The “style” or layout of the door is generally determined by personal taste or the existing motif of the home. Connect to the links we have provided below to help in your selection. All doors are identified with a number or name.
  3. Exterior wood doors are best suited for use when they are not directly exposed to the elements. All wood doors must be properly sealed and finished (see our section on Finish & Care).
  4. Many door patterns come with glass – clear, opaque, tinted, beveled or decorative. Consider the amount of light you want to enter, visibility from outside and the overall appearance you are trying to create.
  5. Security and thermal considerations are important factors to remember when selecting an exterior door. We recommend the use of only exterior doors fitted with 1 3/8” thick raised panels (tapering to ½”) in conjunction with tempered, insulated glass (IG). These enhancements will provide ample security and thermal performance for practically any situation. It is very important to remember that properly weather stripping an exterior door is the single most important factor to insure superior thermal performance.
  6. Thinking Green? – Wood is the only material used today in door manufacturing that comes from a renewable resource. Wood has been the material doors have been made from for thousands of years. The warmth, richness and feel of wood is unsurpassed. Properly cared for, a wood door can far out last doors made from synthetic or composite materials.

The first thing you need to do is to select the door pattern or model you want. If you need help in selecting a door, we suggest that you go to one or both of these web sites: click logo to goto websites

Take note of the pattern or model number or name given to the particular door that interests you. Consider the type of glass you may want or need if the door has glass.
Once you have some idea or know specifically what door you want, gather the following information that will be needed in ordering your door:

  1. Door & Jamb Dimensions: If you are replacing a door, measure the length, width and thickness of the existing door. If the door is for new construction, determine the rough opening (RO). This is the distance between studs and ceiling joist to floor plate at the location where the door is to be installed. The other critical dimension that is needed is the width of the door jamb. Typically, this is the “sandwich” width of the wall. For homes with 2x4 construction, usually the jamb width is 4 9/16”. Homes with a wall made from 2x6 members, the jamb width is generally 6 9/16”. Homes built before World War II, generally have jamb widths of 5 ¼”. This is an important dimension. Get help if you aren’t sure.

  2. Finish: Decide if you are going to paint or stain the door. Also, decide if the jamb is to be painted or stained. If the trim inside and outside your home is painted, generally the jamb is painted and the door can be stained or painted.

  3. Swing: You must decide how the door will open. Looking at the door from outside the home (or in the hall for interior doors), decide which side of the door the door handle (lockset) is to be on. Is the door to be pushed open (In Swing) or pulled open (Out Swing)? If you are considering a double door system, you must also decide which door is primary…the one you will use the most.

  4. Hinges: There are many types of hinges you can specify. Our standard is a radius corner brass hinge, however many people want the hinges to match the color of the lockset. Ball tipped, square butt and other type of hinges are available, however you must decide on what you want before the door is to be hung.

  5. Lockset Bore: If the door is to be prepped for a lockset (and deadbolt), you must choose precisely what you want - brand and model. If you choose a well known brand such as Baldwin, Emtek, Ashley Norton, Kwichset, Schlage, etc., there will be no charge. Lockset requiring a mortise prep (one having a cassette that slides into the side of the door) there is an additional charge. Some foreign locksets such as many from Rejunivation Hardware and other lesser know require a special prep resulting in additional costs.



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