The Dude’s Simple Guide To Doors

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Everything you need to know about Doors

If you’re into DIY home improvement, you’ve thought about doing something with the doors in your home. Doors seem simple, boring even. But a lot can go wrong when choosing and placing your doors.

Not sure what door does what?

Or where to put what door where?

Here’s a simple guide to get you started.

Internal vs External Doors

interior door

This seems pretty self-explanatory. One is for inside, and one is for outside.

But how do you tell the difference? How do you pick the door that best suits your needs, and fits with style of your home?

Internal doors are usually constructed of a single material. Wood is very common. External doors are usually made out of steel, or some other metal. Not only are they constructed differently, but they can look different as well. Frosted glass panels are common on external doors, as decoration.

Internal doors tend to be thinner, unlike external doors, they’re not expected to keep cold and heat out. Also, interior doors aren’t usually insulated. So if you don’t want to pay a massive heating and cooling bill, make sure you’ve installed the right door in the right place.

Traditional vs Modern Door

modern interior door

This one might also seem pretty self-explanatory. Depending on the style you want for your home, the type of door you choose here matter. In a modern style home you wouldn’t want traditionally styled doors, and vice versa.

Thankfully there isn’t much physically different between these types of doors. Both types of doors can be constructed of similar material. Whereas a traditional door will have a more detailed design, a modern door will have a more streamlined and sleek appearance. A traditional door can have a more luxurious appearance, depending on the style of the room. A modern door, because of its simplicity, will be easier to clean. It’s also won’t become outdated anytime soon.

Glazed Doors

glazed doors

Glazed doors, named for the glass that they are built with, have glass panes, with top and bottom rails. The glass gives them a modern elegant style of door. And like other doors, they can take on a variety of styles and materials.

Fire Doors

fire door

Fire doors are internal doors, constructed differently than the types of internal doors mentioned so far. You want to make sure fire doors are installed in areas of your home where a fire could start. For example, your kitchen or your living room.

Fire doors are built to specific fire resistance ratings. The sealing around a fire door will expand, closing a fire (and the smoke) from spreading throughout your home. They’re a worthy investment if you value your property and your life.


When it comes to your doors, make sure you have a good idea of what you’re doing. Check out Internal Doors. They have a wide selection of doors you can choose from, something for every style. And if you’re looking for door hardware, oils, waxes or paints, they; ve got you covered there too.



Author: Ibropalic

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