New Construction Terms Part 3: Types of Doors in a Home

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New Construction Terms Part 3: Types of Doors in a Home

When looking to buy a new home there are lots of facets to consider. All the elements of a great home come together to make it have that "wow" factor. In newer homes the front door is a focal point from the exterior as well as the interior of the home. Other doors can add visual interest or just are functional. When choosing doors for your home it helps to know what they are called, and we're here to help! 


Standard door - type of door in new home



A standard or panel door is the most common type of door. Commonly made of wood or metal, it is mostly functional. 



Leaded glass doors such as this one on the left are simply panel doors with beautiful leaded glass inserted. This makes the doors more beautiful, and lets in more natural light yet maintains privacy for residents.



Storm door - types of doors in a home




A storm door also allows natural light to enter while minimizing air that escapes. Some people prefer to put a screen door in the warmer seasons, then switch back to glass when it gets cooler. 




sliding patio doors - types of doors in a home



Sliding doors are on a track and are commonly used to access patios or decks. This is one of the best doors to use for this purpose so you can keep the doors open easily while carrying things in and out such as barbecue supplies. 







French doors - types of doors in a new home



In the interior of a home, French doors have become trendy in the Louisville area. French doors are double doors that meet in the middle and open from the middle. These French doors on the right are made of mahogany and were one of the selling points for this home. French doors are also used as patio doors. 



Pocket door - photo courtesy of Slidoor Systems Inc - Canada

Pocket doors are simply doors that slide into a wall. These are great when you need all the space you can get for furniture. The doors "disappear" into the wall instead of swinging in or out and possibly getting in the way. Pocket doors went out of style for a time but they are starting to make a comeback. For obvious reasons, the walls that the doors slide into must be free of electrical or plumbing lines, etc. 




Pet door - photo courtesy of M.M.Minderhoud at Wikimedia Commons




Of course we couldn't forget our furry friends!~ A pet door is a flap placed in a standard door just big enough for a pet to get through so you can still lock your door and not have to worry about anyone breaking in, yet your pet can roam in and out as it likes. 




There are too many types of doors to list here, but we'll give you a taste of them. Louvered doors have slots in them to provide ventilation in a small room or closet are typically found in rooms with gas or fire powered appliances such as water heaters and furnaces. Garage doors, well, it's pretty obvious what they do. Bi-fold doors usually slide on a track and in my experience, are the most difficult to maintain. What is your favorite type of door or a door that is not mentioned?


If you would like to buy a new construction home and need the assistance of a licensed REALTOR®, call Brenda Doll at 502-639-9303. Brenda has been a REALTOR® since 1999, is a licensed New Construction Specialist, and has sold many new homes throughout the years. She will be happy to assist you with picking out new doors as well as other interior and exterior features. While most people pick out features for their looks, Brenda has the experience to know information that could affect safety or overall cost effectiveness or anything that would affect long-term decisions. After all, you'll be living there for quite a long time! You can also visit our website at to look for new homes or existing ones in the Louisville, Kentucky MLS area. 


Do you like this series of new construction terms? Visit my previous blog posts in this series:

New Construction Terms Part 1: Types of Windows in a Home

New Construction Terms Part 2: Types of Ceilings in a Home





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