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Door Jargon Simplified

11 September 2020

We’re often met with blank stares when we ask homeowners about the style of door they’re contemplating installing within their home.  However, this decision should not be taken lightly, as the style of door is a significant player in the overall vibe of your space.  Here’s what you need to know about common entry door features.

Transoms: A transom’s distinguishing feature is its placement directly above the door.  Their main functional purpose is to introduce additional natural light to your entryway.  Transoms are offered in rectangular and oblong configurations.  Many times, homeowners opt for decorative glass and grille styles in order to add character and style.

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French Doors: A set of French doors provide an elegant, sizable door opening with a traditional feel.  Frequently, they are manufactured with glass panels.  They are most commonly installed as patio doors but can also be used in the home’s interior to promote a regal passageway in between rooms.

Split Door: While not a widely popular option, split doors add flair to a home’s entry.  They’re lauded for their security because they provide homeowners with the option to only open the upper portion of the door while allowing the lower portion to remain secured.  Homeowners also appreciate that split doors can allow fresh air to enter through the top open portion while being secure enough to prevent pets and young children from accidentally wandering off.  Lastly, split doors make accepting deliveries and welcoming trick-or-treaters is a breeze.

Sidelites: Sidelites are slender, vertical, inoperable windows that are placed adjacent to an entry door.  When they are incorporated into home design, they provide broadened views, enhanced curb appeal, and additional sunlight.

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Panel: This time-honored style normally has three to four horizontal rails and three vertical stiles.  The areas in between are filled with skinnier panels.  Ornamental molding envelops each panel.  This creates an aesthetic that can be utilized in both traditional and modern homes.

Sliding Patio Doors: This door style is comprised of sizable glass panes ensconced in wood, vinyl, or metal frames.  They are an optimum choice for providing expanded views of your outdoor living space.  A perk of this style is that they do not hog floor space when opened, a complaint with those that have French doors.  However, a downside is that they only have the ability to open half as wide as the doorway.

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Pocket Doors: When space is of concern, pocket doors can be the ideal solution.  Rather than swinging in or out, they are ensconced within the wall cavity when not in use.  It’s worth noting that care should be taken to place pocket doors in areas that are absent of electrical or plumbing lines.

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