Doors are very important parts of a house, not just practically but also aesthetically. As such, it is important to know which door types you should use. This can be a bit difficult if you don’t know what door types are available on the market.
If you are looking for more interesting doors for your house, you may want to read door types that we listed below. By knowing those types, it will be easier for you to choose which doors are suit for your house.
Door Types Based on the Materials and the Styles
Here, we will tell you lots of door types based on the materials they used and also the design styles of the door. We have a lots of ideas that you can consider before you decide what the best door types for your next project.
Alright, without further ado, let’s see what the door types that might perfect for you. Let’s start with doors based on materials first.
Popular Door Types Based on the Materials
Doors are made from various materials. Some of the most commonly used materials are wood, polyvinyl chloride or PVC, glass, fiberglass, fiber reinforced plastic or FRP, metal, and aluminum.
Each material is unique with its own advantages and disadvantages. So, to get the most out of them, you should consider their advantages and disadvantages before you buy them.
Wooden is perhaps the most common materials used to create doors. It is not surprising, considering it is relatively inexpensive, can be durable and sturdy to some extent, and more likely to be available just about anywhere.
Indeed, you will always find wooden doors wherever you are. Not to mention wooden doors are gorgeous as well. There are lots of styles available for wooden doors.
Wooden doors can be excellent entry doors. However, they require regular maintenance if you want them to last long. Wooden doors are vulnerable to termite attacks, extreme weather and are flammable. If you are planning to use wooden doors, be sure to maintain them on a regular basis.
Metal, including steel and iron, is a common material to create doors. There are good reasons why. Metal doors are sturdy and can withstand wear and tear better than wooden doors. Not only that, metal doors will not be damaged by termite, either.
Do keep in mind, however, that metal doors come in various shapes and styles. There are metal doors that are solid and there are those that are hollow. Out of all materials, metal is among one of the most long-lasting with minimum maintenance required.
That being said, metal doors tend to be heavier than doors made from other materials. Style options for metal doors tend to be limited as well.
Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, is also one of the most common materials to create doors. PVC is basically plastic but is made to be sturdier and more enduring. Just like any other doors, PVC doors are made in various shapes and styles.
The advantages of PVC doors are that they are relatively lightweight, quite resilient, and termite- and water-resistant. However, PVC doors are not as sturdy as metal doors in terms of withstanding extreme conditions. As such, they are not suitable to be entry doors.
Glass is usually used for windows and paneling purposes. Yet, they can also be used for doors as well. Glass doors are beautiful, allow better natural lighting, and depending on the glass, can offer an unblocked view.
As good as they are, glass doors are heavy, less resilient, less sturdy, more expensive, and require more maintenance to keep them. You need to consider your privacy as well when you use glass doors. It is true that glass doors are gorgeous, but they are not for everyone.
Fiberglass doors require less maintenance, especially if you compare them with their wooden counterparts. They are also sturdy, as they will not be warped.
In terms of styling, fiberglass doors have more style options than metal doors. So, with fiberglass doors, you get the best in terms of sturdiness and style options.
That being said, there are disadvantages of fiberglass doors as well. For instance, as sturdy as they are, fiberglass doors will still crack if something hard hits them.
Fiberglass doors tend to be expensive, too. And lastly, sizing can be a bit of problem as it is close to impossible to size down fiberglass doors in case your door frame is too small.
Aluminum doors are very common. They are strong, sturdy, durable, light, and need little to no maintenance at all. They are also widely available as well. So, no need to worry about not being able to find them as you can always find them sold in the market.
As good as they are, aluminum doors do come with disadvantages, too. For instance, despite their wide availability, it will take time to get a customized aluminum door. Water staining is another disadvantage, so keep this in mind if you live in an area where it rains a lot.
Last but not least, FRP. Fiber reinforced plastic, better known as FRP, is another material used to create doors. Unlike wood, steel or fiberglass doors.
However, FRP doors are not as common as them. The advantages of FRP doors are that they are unlikely to corrode, no contracting or expanding like steel doors, and have good fire resistance.
Of course, there are disadvantages as well. The disadvantages of FRP doors are that they are expensive, less flexible (flexing FRP doors may result in cracks, which degrade the doors over time), and may contain toxic materials.
Popular Door Types Based on the Design Styles
Door types not only classified by the materials they used but also by their various styles as well. Of course, some styles are suitable for certain interior while others are not. Some of these styles are hinged, pocket, roll up, sliding, bifold, pivot, and French. Let’s see each one.
First and foremost, the hinged style door. Compared to other door styles, the hinged style is the most frequently used style. In this style, the door’s end is attached to hinges which connect it to the wall. Hinged doors can either be opened from one side or both sides.
If you want something simple and prefer functionality rather than aesthetic, the hinged style is the perfect option. Of course, that does not mean that there are no stylish hinged doors. There are, but they tend to follow the ‘function-follows-form’ idea.
Suppose you have a small space left for a door. You can’t install a hinged door. What can you do? You can choose a pocket style door. Unlike a hinged door, a pocket door takes a very small space. Rather than swinging to either or both sides, a pocket door is ‘hidden’ into the wall.
As you can see from the picture above, the door seems as if it doesn’t take any space in the room at all. Yet, it divides the rooms just like any other doors.
Roll Up Door
Want to save up some space for your furniture and be more stylish at the same time? Take a look at the picture above. It shows two rolls up doors, one on the right and one on the left. As you can see, roll up doors look very stylish and they free up some space as they are rolled up to the ceiling instead of swung to the side.
Sliding doors are similar to pocket doors. The difference is that sliding doors are not ‘hidden’ into a wall. Rather, they are usually moved to the side.
They stack up with other doors in the frame. Albeit there are sliding doors made of other materials, glass sliding doors are the perfect choice if you want to see your backyard or garden, just like in the picture above.
Bifold doors are basically several doors hinged and stacked into each other. This kind of doors is great for your kitchen, closets, as well as a utility room. They divide the room, give a stylish vibe to the room, and look very gorgeous.
Bifold doors like in the picture above allow you to enjoy the view, both from the inside and outside. Bifold doors are a good alternative if you want stylish and versatile doors but don’t want sliding doors.
Looking for doors that match modern and contemporary interior design? Well, take look no further than the pivot doors. Pivot doors, unlike hinged doors, rotate in a 360-degree motion. As such, it allows you easy access to enter and exit the room where you install the door.
Pivot doors can serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, making them a perfect fit for modern and contemporary interior design. The downside is that you need a lot of space to allow the door to rotate.
French Country Door
Last but certainly not least, French style doors. French style doors are basically two hinged doors, which swing to either or both sides depending on the hinges.
The beauty of French style doors is that it offers a timeless, stylish addition to the room. At the same time, if they are fully opened, allow you to get an unobstructed view of the direction you are looking. They are more accessible to hinged doors as well, as there are two of them.