The exterior doors category on ebuild lists many different types of doors, including entry doors, patio doors, garage doors, and storm and screen doors. Sidelites, which are windows installed in association with an entry door unit for design and decorative effects, are also included in the exterior doors category on ebuild. Each of these categories is further broken down by materials and, in some instances, features. For example, exterior doors is divided into subcategories that include composite and hardboard units, fiberglass, steel and wood doors.
One fundamental difference between exterior entry doors and interior doors are that entry doors are thicker - 1-3/4 in. compared to interior doors, which are universally 1-3/8 in. thick. Another key difference is that the components of exterior doors are joined with weatherproof glue, while interior doors may be glued with moisture-soluble adhesives. For that reason, an interior door should never be used as an entry doors; it'll quickly fall apart when exposed to weathering conditions.
In addition to thickness and weather resistance, exterior entry doors are distinguished from other types of doors in the decorative features they offer - most obviously, a tremendous variety of decorative glass inserts to coordinate with virtually and taste or home style.
Use the ebuild drill-down to narrow your search for exterior entry doors made of the material that best fits your needs and market. Composite and hardboard doors generally offer good quality and design at economical prices. Fiberglass doors typically offer superior insulating performance and low maintenance along with appearance characteristics that are virtually indistinguishable from premium wood doors. In fact, wood stains can be applied to the skins of many fiberglass doors to enhance the richness of the wood-grain textures and patterns.
Steel doors are associated with high security, low maintenance and good insulating performance. Many manufacturers offer an assortment of designs that rival classic wood and fiberglass doors in appearance. Wood doors are the traditional favorite, offering good insulating properties and perhaps the widest variety of sizes in classic and traditional designs.
Use the ebuild Specifier to narrow down your search and find an exterior entry door that fits the project requirements. You may choose entry doors from listed manufacturers, including:
- Jeld-Wen Exterior Doors
- Jeld-Wen Premium Wood Doors
- Stanley Door Systems
- Therma-Tru Systems
You may also select values for key specifications to narrow your choices among available fiberglass entry doors:
An indication in Size Type will narrow down the search to include either custom or stock sizes.
Texture refers to modeling of the door skin, or surface, indicating if the unit has a smooth or woodgrain surface feel.
Nominal Height refers to the measurement across the longest side of the unit (from top to bottom), expressed in inches, and rounded to the nearest full inch.
Nominal Width refers to the measurement across the shortest side of the unit, expressed in the inches, rounded to the nearest full inch.
Top Profile refers to the shape of the top of the door - you may choose among square and rounded shapes.
No. of Lites refers to the amount of glass panel units to be featured on the product.
Lite Shape refers to the geometrical characteristic of the glass panel units, e.g., arch-top, oval, radius-top, etc.
Exterior Color/Finish enables you to choose among pre-finished doors, which are available in a wide variety of colors, primed and unfinished doors.
Panel Style describes the industry-defined characteristics of any panels to be included in the product, e.g., flush panel, full lite, raised panel, etc.
Lite Configuration enables you to search by the relative size and/or position of the glass insert relative to the whole unit, e.g., 1/2-view, 3/4-view, center-view, etc.
Exterior Patio Doors
Like exterior entry doors, patio doors are available in a number of different materials, including aluminum, aluminum-clad wood, fiberglass, fiberglass-clad wood, vinyl, vinyl-clad wood and wood. But patio doors differ from entry doors in several key respects: Patio doors characteristically have full-length glass panels, and they are available in two operating formats - sliding and swinging.
Use the ebuild Specifier to narrow down your search and find exterior patio doors that fit the project requirements. You may choose fiberglass entry doors from listed manufacturers, including:
- Andersen Window and Doors
- Comfort Line Fiberframe
- Crestline Windows and Doors
- Hurd Millwork Co.
- Marvin Windows and Doors
- MI Windows and Doors
- Pella Corporation
- Windsor Windows and Doors
For sliding patio doors, you can narrow your results by specifying the following:
Nominal Height refers to the measurement across the longest side of the unit (from top to bottom), expressed in inches, and rounded to the nearest full inch
Nominal Width refers to the measurement across the shortest side of the unit, expressed in the inches, rounded to the nearest full inch. Exterior Color/Finish enables you to choose among pre-finished doors, which are available in a wide variety of colors, primed and unfinished doors.
No. of Door Panels refers to the number of door sash that you wish to use the door opening; you can choose from one to four and specify how many sash are to be operable and how many to be stationary.
In specifying swinging patio doors, you may also specify:
Top Profile which refers to the shape of the top of the door unit - square or rounded.
Door Swing which refers to whether the door panel open outward or inward.
Garage Doors are made from a number of different materials, which have implications for appearance, weatherability and maintenance requirements. There are a number of different styles of garage doors, and most manufacturers offer optional glass inserts for decorative enhancement.
Drill down through the garage doors material choices on ebuild, then you may narrow your search by choosing among these listed manufacturers within the ebuild Specifier:
You can further narrow your results by entering specifications for:
Door Construction refers to the number of layers of material used to fabricate metal and plastic doors, and has implications for rigidity, impact resistance and insulating performance.
Panel Style refers to the appearance of a garage door - whether it resembles a contemporary style sectional door that rolls up on a track or a traditional carriage-house door that is hinged at the sides.
Generic Color/Finish to the color of the garage door, and in the case of wood garage doors whether the unit is prefinished, primed or unfinished.