Residential doors are classified as either Exterior doors or Interior doors. Exterior doors include Entry Doors, Patio Doors, and Accessory Doors (such as the door to the garage and kitchen or laundry room). Interior Doors include Bedroom Doors, Bathroom Doors, Closet Doors, Pantry Doors and Water Heater Doors. Interior doors can be Bifold, Dutch, Barn / Farmhouse Style or even Louvered. All doors are hung in a frame and have a header. Exterior doors will need a heavier header than will interior doors. If you want to hang interior doors yourself, you can learn how by searching for sites on the internet such as this one at Construction Pro Tips. If you want your doors professionally hung, call 615-746-0990 to schedule a team member to take that task off of your to do list.
You will need to decide what material you want your door (or doors) made from. The choice of door material will most likely come down to two factors: style and budget. As far as style goes, doors come in a pretty large array. If your style is minimalist, you may like the clean, contemporary look of a flush door. A flush door is a single panel door design that has plain facings on both sides and can have a solid, a hollow or a stave core (not really used much since the introduction of composite cores which are just as durable but cost less). If you choose a solid flush door, the space between the facings may be completely filled with a low density particle board or foam. The greatest advantage of a solid core door is sound proofing. An interior solid core door is the perfect choice for a master bedroom door. Many home owners will use hollow or stave core doors in the rest of their home and pay the extra money for a solid core door for their master suite. It really does help keep the noise down. Flush doors are normally made with MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) or a vaneer. You would choose MDF if you wanted your doors to be a certain color. Most MDF doors will come primed and you can paint them or have them painted any color you wish. Veneer would be the choice if you desire a woodgrain look to your doors such as birch, oak, maple or a hardwood. Veneer doors can be stained any color you desire.
If you are not a fan of flush doors and want something with a little, or even a lot more pizazz, no worries, the sky is the limit! Molded wood composite doors range in style from classic to contemporary, can be found with either a hollow or a solid core and can be painted any color you desire. Who says an interior door has to be white?
Interior doors can come in array of styles with one to six panels and can be made in any size, shape, design and wood variety that you can think of. MDF doors, made with an abundant, sustainable wood fibre material, can be either layered or router carved to create just about any door that you can imagine!
With the farmhouse style trend continuing, there has been an increase in both Barn style doors and Dutch Doors. What is a Dutch Door? It is a door that is split horizontally so that the top of the door can be opened independently from the bottom portion. You may be wondering "Why would I want a Dutch Door?" In the old days, on farms, they were very convenient as the tops could be opened to allow light and air flow into the home while the bottom remained closed keeping the kids inside and the animals and dirt outside. Think how convenient a Dutch door would be in a laundry room! I remember when my son was in kindergarten back in the 1990's and there was a Dutch Door in his classroom's bathroom. It made it possible for his teacher to keep her eye on a child using the potty while she was also teaching the rest of the class. Of course, I am sure there are a lot of regulations that would prohibit that practice today, but it worked back then.
Besides flush and Dutch Doors, the choice for interior doors include bifold, pocket, louvered and glass paneled. There are quite a few specifications available when choosing a door, including the fire rating. Fire ratings start at 20 minutes on the low end to over 90 minutes on the high end.
What you need to know about Exterior Entry doors
The materials used for entry doors may consist of one of a variety of wood species such as fir, mahogany, alder, oak, poplar or cherry, or a composite material such as fiberglass. The materials used for patio doors are typically wood with an exterior cladding, vinyl or fiberglass. A wide choice of exterior and interior colors are available. Interior doors are typically made of wood, may be molded, and are available as either a solid core or a hollow core product.
WARRANTY: Of course! English Home Improvements offers industry leading warranties on all of our workmanship and materials.
English Home Improvements is a leader in the Roofing Industry, in fact, we are known as the best roofers in TN. We offer an Industry Leading Warrenty Program on all of our Roofs, up to 150 Years! We love to do roofs! We can handle all pitches and styles whether a 3-Tab Asphalt Shingle, an Architectural Asphalt Shingle, Slate, Tile, Man-Made, Natural, Metal (All Shapes, All Configurations), or Decra-Shingles (All Styles and All Colors).
Nothing will impact the appearance of your home more dramatically than the exterior siding you choose. As you shop for exterior siding, look for a siding material that suits the style of your house and also fits your lifestyle. Listed here are the most popular materials for exterior siding.
Cement Fiber Siding-
Fiber cement siding can have the appearance of wood, stucco, or masonry. This durable, natural-looking material is often called by the brand names HardiPlank® and HardiPanel®. If you want the look of authentic wood with a bit less maintenance, cement fiber is a good option. Fiber cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and may have a warranty up to fifty years. Some older homes have Cement Asbestos Siding made from Portland cement and asbestos fibers. Removing that type of siding can be hazardous, so remodelers often apply a new, modern siding on top.
Wood Clapboard Siding-
Modern science has given us many synthetic wood-look products, and yet solid wood (usually cedar, pine, spruce, redwood, cypress, or Douglas fir) remain favorite choices for finer homes. With periodic care, wood siding will outlast vinyl and other pretenders. As with cedar shingle siding, wood clapboards can be stained rather than painted. Many wood frame houses built centuries ago still look beautiful today.
Brick and Brick Veneer Siding
Made of fired clay, brick comes in a wide variety of earthy, eye-pleasing colors. Although it is expensive, brick is desirable because it can last centuries and probably won't need any patching or repairs for the first twenty-five years. Quality brick veneers are also attractive and durable, although they don't have the longevity of solid brick.
Homes sided in cedar shingles (also called "shakes") blend beautifully with wooded landscapes. Made of natural cedar, the shingles are usually stained browns, grays, or other earthen colors. Shakes offer the natural look of real wood, but usually require less maintenance than wood clapboard. By using stain rather than paint, you can minimize peeling.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood, or composite wood, is made with wood products and other materials. Oriented strand board (OSB), hardboard, and veneered plywood are examples of engineered wood products. Engineered wood usually comes in panels that are easy and inexpensive to install. The panels may be molded to create the look of traditional clapboards. Because the textured grain is uniform, engineered wood does not look exactly like real wood. Still, the appearance is more natural than vinyl or aluminum.
Vinyl siding is the most popular choice for remodeling or new construction - even historic renovation. Vinyl is usually less expensive to purchase and install than most other siding materials. It delivers a warm, quality appearance of wood without the time-consuming maintenance and costly repairs.Unlike wood or cedar, Vinyl won't split, peel or rot. And, it never needs to be scraped, stained or painted. Vinyl is made from a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. There are, however, drawbacks. Vinyl can crack, fade, or grow dingy over time. Vinyl is also controversial because of environmental concerns.
If you like the idea of vinyl but don't like the look of vinyl panels, another option is to have a pro spray on a liquid PVC coating. Made from polymers and resins, the paint-like coating is about as thick as a credit card when it dries. Liquid PVC became widely available only a few years ago, and reviews are mixed. Because the damage caused by poor application can be devastating, EHI does not offer or recommend this procedure.
Whole House Renovations
Interested in new replacement windows for your existing home or new windows in your dream home? Purchasing the right windows for your home requires accurate information to make the correct choice. English Home Improvements offers a wide selection of stylish Interior and Exterior Windows to give your home the look you want. Not only will your home look great, but with interior and exterior windows from English Home Improvements you can have solid, durable, construction, Energy Efficiency (which may reduce energy costs), and your choice of traditional or contemporary styling in a wide selection of colors and matierials. EHI offers the best of New Window Technology combined with Lasting Beauty and VALUE!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CUSTOM REPLACEMENT WINDOWS -
The frame materials used to manufacture residential windows, for replacement or new construction, are wood, vinyl or fiberglass, and both interior and exterior color choices are available. The glass, commonly known as Low-E glass, may have a variety of coatings, such as layers of silver oxide, to produce a more energy efficient product and to increase ultraviolet protection. Grids, screens, hardware and other accessories are also available. WARRANTY: English Home Improvements offers a LIFETIME WARRANTY on all windows installed by us! Request a FREE in-home design consultation to see for yourself how you can benefit from New or Custom Replacement Windows from EHI!
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