Tips for replacing your doors

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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When looking to breathe new life into your home, a good remodeling project is to replace interior and exterior doors. With a range of materials and types, doors can be chosen to fit the aesthetic of your home and to blend with your lifestyle.

Door types

The type of door you choose can impact the way you move about your home. Some doors are better for certain areas. As there are many styles, be sure to pick the right one for the space.

  • Single-acting: These only open in one direction and are the most common type of door. Best for the front of the house, bedrooms or bathrooms, you can’t really go wrong here.
  • Double-acting: Double-acting doors swing in two directions, making it an ideal choice for a kitchen.
  • Bypass: This system features two panels that slide past one another. This is most often seen in a closet.
  • Exterior sliding: Much like the bypass doors, this system uses two panels. However, one panel is fixed. These are generally made of glass.
  • Pocket: Great for tight spaces, these doors feature a sliding panel that recesses into a wall.
  • French: French doors are single-acting panels that open in the same direction and latch together in the middle.


The face of your door can be paneled or flush. Paneled doors have a classic look as they are sectioned off by grooves that create smaller panels. Many of these doors also have a sheet of glass fitted into one panel. Flush doors, however, do not have grooves or panels. They have a flat surface.

Design choices

When choosing the door and materials you want for your remodel, consider interior versus exterior. Exterior doors are chosen to make a statement. A bright blue door on a white house says more than one that matches the exterior paint. These are the doors your neighbors will see. They are made of heavier material as they are the first line of defense for your home. Generally made of wood, fiberglass or steel, exterior doors have a solid core.
On the other hand, interior doors are chosen to blend in. Though each room serves a particular function, you want to be able to move about the house freely. The wrong doors can block flow or fit awkwardly into the space. Some rooms don’t even need doors. Kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms should all be open. When deciding upon a door type, think of the space where it will go. A door off a small hallway would work best with a pocket-style system. This way, when you open the door you aren’t blocking flow through the hallway. A master bedroom with a balcony would look great with French doors. Swinging them open to welcome the morning is sure to feel grand and refreshing.

Back door considerations

Your back doors are especially important to the way you use your home. They offer access to outdoor living spaces, which are unique in and of themselves. While your interior rooms are inherently private and insulated, your back yard is open and airy. However, you do still want some sense of it being a private space. To enjoy your view, choose a glass door. French and sliding are both traditional options that really do the trick. Sliding doors take up less space than French. French doors have to swing open, whereas sliding do not.
You’ll certainly want quality retractable screen systems for whatever exterior door you choose. Screens maintain natural ventilation into your home while preventing bugs from entering. When you do keep the doors closed, screens create privacy and help block any unwanted UV rays. The installation process is simple, as Phantom Screens takes care of it for you. This type of screen blends into the door frame so that it is completely invisible when retracted.