Doors 101 Lesson 1: Different Replacement Door Types

A new door can make your home more energy efficient and create a more aesthetically pleasing environment. Whether you are looking for an entry door, patio, slider, storm, or interior door, we can help you create any look you desire.

Lesson 1:

Entry Doors are used on the exterior of your home, or for garage entry.  They can be slabs only with or without glass.  Front entries often feature side lights – or glass panels – which frame the door slab.

Patio Doors swing open and closed, and offer outstanding views to the outdoors with an expansive opening.  Both slabs may be active.  Alternatively, one door slab can be inactive while the other slab swings.

Sliding Doors slide open and closed on a track, and offer outstanding views to the outdoors as well. They work well in tight areas where there isn’t room for a swinging door.

Storm Doors offer the opportunity to showcase your entry, ventilate and let in light, and reduce drafts.  Many people use storm doors so they can open the entry door for light and keep bugs and critters out.

Interior Doors are available for virtually every opening throughout your home. There are many custom options and unique wood species to make your dreams a reality.

The Door Store and Windows offers custom and standard replacement doors installed in any opening in your house.  Click here for even more info.  Or better yet, call Dena Shoemaker our door specialist at 502-896-1717.

When to Paint Your Door Black

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Windows 101: Lesson 3 – Window Replacement Options

Lesson 3:  Replacement Options

When replacing windows, there are three different replacement methods that may influence the type of windows you choose. How do you determine the method necessary for your home?

The three replacement methods include full tear- out, insert, and sash replacement.

Full Tear-Out  is necessary when your windows are damaged beyond repair.  Whether it be rot or storm damage, a full tear-out requires replacement of the window and the frame.

Insert windows are used when the frame is in good condition, so the window is all that needs to be replaced.  Although this method downsizes slightly the day light opening (glass size), generally, the interior trim and paint or wallpaper go untouched – a great application for historic homes.

Sash replacement is simply replacing the sash, or the part of the window that you open. This is rarely recommended because structures move and settle over time. As a result, the sash may be square, but the opening is no longer perfectly square. This makes it  hard to seal, causing poor energy efficiency.

If you want more information, please contact one of our sales consultants at The Door Store and Windows.