Door choices have a big impact on your home’s aesthetic. They need to be tough against the elements and aesthetically pleasing, and they should fit the space for which they’re intended.
Whether you’re looking for exterior doors or interior doors, here are some of the options available to you.
When you want a window with ventilation, the ability to fit a window air conditioner, and superior durability and strength, double-hung windows are an excellent choice. They are available in a wide variety of grid configurations and decorative colors and finishes.
Unlike single-hung windows, double-hung windows have an operable lower sash that moves up and down and a fixed upper sash. This allows for maximum ventilation and helps with energy efficiency since heat rises and cool air flows in at the bottom.
Double hung windows are also easy to clean as both the upper and lower sashes can tilt inward. However, they are not as airtight as other window types and require regular lubrication. This can lead to air leaks over time. Luckily, OKNOPLAST offers a range of solutions that reduce this problem.
With a hinge that’s attached to one side and swings open like a door, casement windows are the perfect solution for difficult-to-reach spots. They’re also great for energy efficiency and capturing those natural breezes we all love.
While some versions of this type of window have dividers between panes (known as muntins), others are comprised of large, unbroken panes of glass for a clean, contemporary look. They offer a wide, unobstructed view and top-notch ventilation and can be combined with window grids or divided lite bars for a more traditional aesthetic.
Unlike sash windows, casement windows can fully open and can be locked into place with a latch on the inside of your home. This makes them a tougher target for intruders to break into.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors are the perfect solution for those looking to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. They are available in a variety of types and styles and work with all home design aesthetics.
These doors also let in natural light, which is great for your home’s health and well-being. However, you should always make sure that your sliding door has safety glass. This type of glass is designed to not shatter, but instead break into small, almost circular fragments.
In addition to safety features, sliding glass doors are designed for energy efficiency. They typically have insulated frames, double or triple glazing and gas-filling (typically argon). These features help to maintain comfortable temperatures and keep pests out. These doors also require less floor space for opening than swinging patio doors.
Your front door needs to be tough enough to withstand the elements and would-be intruders but also beautiful to make a positive first impression. A door should also be energy-efficient and require less maintenance than older doors.
Fiberglass and steel entry doors are popular options because of their strength and energy efficiency. They have foam core insulation to keep your house warm or cool depending on the season. They also resist dents and are available in a variety of colors, including wood grain finishes.
Some entry doors have sidelites that let in natural light. They can be decorative or frosted for privacy. You can trim the exterior door with flat or lined trim that’s mitered at the corners, or crown moldings for a more dramatic look.
Generally made of galvanized steel or fiberglass, these doors feature horizontal slats that roll up into the garage ceiling. They are typically insulated to help keep out the elements and are operated by a 3/4-horsepower motor. They are available in paint-grade and stain-grade varieties, as well as with or without window inserts.
These doors are a popular option for homeowners who want to add more natural light to their garages. They can be frosted or clear and are mounted on a rustproof aluminum frame. They are a more expensive alternative to other door options, but can be customized for texture and color.
Insulated doors with varying R-values help reduce energy bills and limit the flow of hot or cold air into and out of the garage. Some are also storm rated for safety in hurricane-prone areas.