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Do I need to paint my steel door?

Steel doors usually come pre-primed from the factory. It is a good idea to either paint or stain the door so it will not begin to...

 

What kind of deadbolt should I use with my door?

There are two types of deadbolts: single cylinder and double cylinder. A single cylinder deadbolt must be opened with a key from the outside and a...

 

Can I install hinges or plane off the edge of a steel door?

Yes. Most steel entry doors use wood frames so it’s easier to install the hinges or to plane down the edges so they fit in a...

 

How many hinges do I need for my door?

Use three butt hinges for doors up to 3 feet wide, and four hinges for wider doors. You’ll also want four hinges for doors taller than 7 feet...

 

Are there advantages of a wood frame over aluminum on a sliding patio door?

Wood is stronger and a better natural...

 

What is the advantage of a swinging patio door over a sliding one?

A swinging door is more energy efficient because the weatherstripping can be sealed much tighter than on a sliding door. Also, a swinging door can...

 

Does a fiberglass door have any advantages over a steel door?

A fiberglass door won’t dent, while a steel door might. The fiberglass door can also better simulate a wood grain...

 

What’s the difference between the different types of patio doors I can buy?

Patio doors with aluminum frames are the least expensive, but also the least durable and least energy efficient. Vinyl is mid-range for both price...

 

What is the benefit of a storm door?

Storm doors provide extra security and provide another layer of protection against weather. They also can stop drafts through door...

 

Should my door swing into or out of the room?

Generally, exterior doors should swing into the building, while interior doors should swing into the room. Doors that swing out into traffic areas...

 
 
 
 


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