November 4, 2012

The In Doors

Today's door options are wide open to homeowners looking for a boost in curb appeal.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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A Craftsman-style door from the Home Again by Hancock Lumber line provides a clean, elegant entry that adds to this home’s exterior. The Therma-Tru door is made of fiberglass but looks like wood.

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A Craftsman door from Pella. Craftsman and Shaker looks are hot now.

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Some manufacturers now make frames out of weather-resistant composite material that can be painted or stained. The composite part of the frame may be just at the bottom, or it may be the entire frame.

Using composite materials, vinyl wrapping or some other form of protection on the frame can add an extra $100 to the cost of the door, but Shubert says it's money well spent.

"If your frame rots, you replace the whole door," he said. "Usually people don't have problems with the panel, they have problems with the frame."

When it comes to style, consumers are snapping up historical styles and "definitely trying to get away from the fake, plastic-y look," Shubert said. "Shaker style is very popular right now, interestingly enough."

Craftsman-style doors are also hot.

"A lot of the Craftsman series doors have really come on strong, and people are liking that style, whether it's interior or exterior," Loranger said. "People are tired of the traditional six-panel look."

Once the decision is made about materials and style, the next thing to consider is whether to add decorative glass, either with sidelights or in the door itself.

Glass allows more light to enter the home, and there are styles that still allow for privacy.

Clear glass with no design on it is still the biggest seller, mostly because it's less expensive. Decorating glass is called "caming," and there are literally dozens of caming options.

"When you get to decorative glasses, those can double or triple the price of your door," Shubert said. "They're pretty pricey. But it's your personality statement. It's your front door."

Shubert says he's been selling more doors that have blinds in between the glass so that more light comes in but there's still privacy.

Clear glass might add $75 to the cost of a door, while ornate decorative glass can run $300 to $1,000 extra, Loranger said.

How much consumers spend on a new door varies widely, because there are so many different options available in materials and style. Installation can be done in a half a day to a day, but it usually costs extra.

"People can spend $500 on a door or $5,000 on a door," Swift said. "We sell tons of those at both of those price points every day. A wood door with sidelights, high-end ones, they can get up to $10,000. That's usually in a big custom home that's got to be the right design and everything else, but that's not all that uncommon."

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A Pella fiberglass door with glass inserts.

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A view from the inside of one of the popular styles available in the Home Again by Hancock Lumber line of doors.

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Pella's Old World European.

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Pella's Wrought Iron Swirls door.

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A Pella Prairie-style door.

 


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