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7 Decisions to Make Before Ordering Wood Doors

Post by on September 8th, 2020

Wood doors are a popular option for commercial and residential spaces alike. Used in both interior and exterior settings, wood doors are stylistically versatile and can last for years. But when you are looking for new wood doors, you need to ask several important questions before purchasing.

While you can customize wood doors, such as the styles we offer at Manhattan Door, to a certain degree, we recommend researching what you need first. So, what should you look for when buying new doors? All contractors should consider the following before buying wood doors for their properties.

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1. What Size Doors Do You Need?

While this may seem like an obvious consideration, knowing the precise size requirements for your wood doors is crucial before you start the purchasing process. Obtain measurements of your door frames’ heights, widths and thicknesses before selecting your wood doors.

Another important consideration for determining door size is your jamb width or the dimensions of the horizontal and vertical parts of the frames where the doors are secured. Most jamb widths are around 4 1/2 inches, but check your width requirements before committing to specific wood doors. Better yet, have a professional assess your requirements for a perfect fit.

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2. What Way Will the Doors Need to Swing?

Depending on the layout of the surrounding space, doors will generally swing to the right or left with their knobs or handles located on the left side, opposite the hinges. Decide which configuration works best for your doorways to ensure that you end up with the most convenient layout for your space. Failing to consider which way your doors should swing can often result in cumbersome, awkward setups that make poor use of the surrounding space.

3. What Types of Locks or Hardware Are You Looking For?

Before purchasing wood doors, make sure the hardware you need is compatible with the type of doors you want. Some wood doors can only be used with certain hardware, so it is crucial that you only look for wood doors specifically designed to accommodate the hardware you must include.

In addition to hardware compatibility, you should choose doors that complement the style of your required locks and other hardware. This consideration is especially important on doors that include decorative panels and windows.

4. What Type of Finish Are You Looking For?

You need to determine the type of door finish or veneer you want for your wood doors to ensure that the appearance will complement the other design elements of your space. Moreover, different types of finishes require various levels of upkeep.

5. What Trim and Molding Do You Need?

You should always decide on your trim and molding before purchasing wood doors. Make sure your trim is properly adjusted both inside and outside, and remember that you need to consider your exterior construction before performing trim work on your door frames to ensure that every component properly aligns. Keep in mind that you can also adjust the molding for most doors.

6. What Codes Do You Need to Follow?

Whether you are installing wood doors in a commercial or residential setting, there are certain construction codes you will need to follow to ensure that your doors’ configurations are safe for use. For example, some regulations mandate that specific types of doors meet storm ratings, fire ratings, ADA guidelines and other standards. Before you purchase wood doors, check your local construction codes to ensure you follow the proper regulations.

7. What Is Your Timeline?

On some occasions, your door company may not have immediate availability for the particular style of wood doors you want, which will cause a delay in installation. Sometimes, producing customized doors can take weeks — forcing other construction projects to remain on hold. Before you decide on certain doors, figure out how much time you can wait in case the specific style you want cannot be installed right away.

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If you are crunched for time, keep a list of compatible wood doors that will work for your design scheme in case your first choice becomes unavailable within the required timeline. However, Manhattan Door specializes in quick lead times, so talk to us about your needs.

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Other commonly asked questions about purchasing wood doors include:

If you have additional questions about choosing, installing and maintaining your wood doors, our team of experts is here to help. Contact us at Manhattan Door today to get started on finding the perfect wood doors for your next construction project.

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