Before you buy a new door for your home, be sure that you’re purchasing the style you need. Technology for doors hasn’t changed much in the past few hundred years, but there are different doors that serve different functions. This list represents some of these alternative styles, so you can choose what you need.
French doors are situated in a frame, built around translucent panels. There is a central mullion, or a divider, that goes straight through the center and French doors are typically opened from one side or the other. Some doors do open from both sides, which is commonly known as a French window. During installation, it’s common to put a weather strip into the door frame to prevent water from seeping into the interior.
Sliding doors are usually used at the rear of the house, where access to the patio is situated. These doors are useful for a variety of reasons. The sliding mechanism makes it simple to carry food in and out of the home to eat outside. The door is also easy to keep open, which allows a breeze to circulate through the home. Unfortunately, these doors don’t often feature screens. There is a risk of bugs or debris floating into the home when the doors are opened wide.
Storm doors have some of the functionality of a sliding glass door, but they serve a different function. They might protect the interior of the home from severe winds, which could shatter windows or leave debris. They also let a breeze into the home, without letting unintended visitors in. Storm doors might be made of aluminum, or PVC, and feature a screen that allows for visibility.