If you are thinking about replacing an exterior door in your home, there are a lot of factors to consider. The style and material of your door will determine the look and dictate functionality. Let The Window People help you to learn the difference between French and Center-Hinge doors, and explain the benefits of fiberglass entry doors. The experts at The Window People are ready to help you discover the best solution for your home. Learn about door styles and different materials to help you make a better informed decision.

Door Styles
  • Single Doors are hinged on the left or right side and can swing in or out of the home.

  • Double Doors combine two doors into one unit.

    • Double doors can have a vertical post in the middle which both doors close and latch on to. These doors provide extra security, but prevent the entire space from being clear, which is a hinder when moving large objects in or out of the home.

    • French Doors are double doors which open from the center. Usually, one side remains stationary unless it is unhinged from the ceiling or floor.

  • Center-Hinge Doors use the space of a double door, with one stationary side. The other side is opened from the left or right side, as opposed to the middle like in a double door.

  • Sliding Doors are great for entering onto decks or porches, especially if you have limited space on the interior for a swinging door. The surface space of sliding doors is almost entirely glass, so you get the best view and the most sunlight.

Door Materials
  • Wood is traditionally the most common door material, although it can be prone to warping and splitting. Wood is the most expensive material and requires the most maintenance. Wood entry doors delivers an elegant hand-crafted look.

  • Fiberglass doors can complement almost any home with the variety of styles available – including those designed to look like wood. Fiberglass doors are durable, well-insulated, and easy to maintain. Fiberglass is more expensive than steel, less expensive than wood and can last for as long as you own your home.

  • Steel doors are the most economical option and offer slightly better security than wood or fiberglass doors.  Steel doors are prone to dents, which can be very expensive to repair. Steel doors also have a relatively short lifespan under normal conditions, and even shorter if subjected to seasonal heavy rains.