Designer Doors In Boise
At Wood Windows, Inc. we offer some of the best door manufacturers in the business. There are several different styles of doors to match the look and feel you want for your home. Our professional craftsmen can assist you in finding the right door for your home and budget, along with windows to match.
Why Install New Doors?
Much like the windows in your home, doors provide a gateway for heat or cool air to escape your home. Poorly insulated doors allow much more air out of your home, resulting in higher energy costs. Years of wear and tear around the door’s seals can also result in poor insulation.
- Which opening works best for your home?
French or hinged doors require more floor space than a gliding door. The swing of the door also should be considered. If you have furniture in the space next to the door, an inswing will cause you to change your arrangement. Also consider if an outswing door will impede a traffic pattern if the door will open out onto a deck. Sliding or gliding doors will take up much less room than a hinged door.
- How much wall space do you want to use?
You don’t have to be stuck with the door opening your builder designed for you. Go Big! Many Americans are now spending much of their time outdoors and by creating a larger opening and a larger operating glass panel, homeowners can not only view and be connected to the outside, when the weather permits they can open up that wall and create an outside room. This is a design trend that is predicted to continue for at least another five years.
- What room will benefit the most from patio doors?
Don’t be afraid to use a patio door in an unlikely place. Kitchens get hot. How nice would it be to open up the doors and let the cool air and light into your kitchen space? Patio doors also add light to an otherwise dark space. Add a set of doors to an interior office or bonus room. The light will come through while keeping the noise inside.
- Would Obscure Glass be a better choice for the space?
Curtains and blinds often obstruct the view. Take advantage of innovative glass technologies and consider tinted glass to add additional shading against the heat. Obscure glass protects privacy and allows abundant light to enter the room.
- How much maintenance do you deem reasonable?
Choose the material that performs well for where you live and how much maintenance you are willing to handle. Consider your climate as well. Wood is vulnerable to moisture and will require finishing and maintenance.
Types of Doors
French and Hinged Patio Doors are available in both inswing and outswing options. Normally we see these doors in pairs. At least one of the panels will be active.
Gliding Patio Doors are a great choice when space is at a premium. This door will always have at least one panel that will glide past a fixed panel. This door can also be ordered with two operating doors and gives the look of French doors without losing valuable floor space.
Big Doors remove the boundary between the indoors and outdoors. These doors can either accordion or fold, stack, pivot, glide or slip into a pocket.
Entry Doors display your personality and welcome to visitors and neighbors. There are many choices to be made. Wood, fiberglass, or metal. Panel, partial glass, all glass, or carved. Single door or double. Painted or stained. Traditional, Craftsman, Contemporary, Rustic, and Arched.
- Panel or slab: Refers to the part of the door that fits into the frame. We commonly just call it the door.
- Outswing: On a hinged door the panel swings to the exterior or away from the interior.
- Inswing: Just the opposite of above. This panel swings into the room.
- Active: The panel that moves
- Passive: The panel that does not move
- Lite: The glass inset into the frame
- Construction door: This is a temporary entry door used during construction to save the future expensive door from construction abuse. Its’ sole purpose is to secure your home. These are often rented or thrown away after new door is installed.
Wood is the big dog of door materials. All other materials try to emulate wood. Wood is also a renewable resource. There is some debate about whether or not harvested wood is still a living thing. But there is no debate about the warmth and feel of a solid wood door. Entry doors crafted of wood close with a solidness that resonates security. Wood needs to be protected from sun and weather therefore require more maintenance than other materials. Wood needs to be finished regularly with stain and clear coat or a paint application.
Fiberglass is virtually maintenance free. The color can be formulated into the composite for a no-paint option. Fiberglass is paintable and in the hands of talented painter it can be made to look similar to real wood with a gel stain. Fiberglass can dent with force and is not repairable. Durability is based on the mix of composites and can affect price.
Steel is considered to be the best solution for security and longevity. It’s also considered to be very affordable. It will need to be maintained with a finish. A small scratch is prone to rust. Dings and dents can be repaired with an auto body repair kit. To get the best steel door don’t settle for less than 20-gauge metal. These doors are also highly energy efficient.
Glass lites can be plain or decorative, with our without blinds integrated between the glass panes. Glass allows natural light to flood the room while a tint, integrated blinds or decoration can off privacy.