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May 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 235

From an architectural point-of-view, the most dramatic first-impression is often made by doors. Custom doors open-up a whole range of exciting possibilities; it may be a striking exterior door that provides an inviting welcome into your home, or an attractive interior unit that enhances the décor of a special room. There are so many options when evaluating the cost of custom doors, that each situation needs to be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. The cost comparison must begin, of necessity, with the installation, as these related costs may well exceed those of the door itself.

Most modern doors, of either the custom or standard variety, are now supplied "pre-hung." The doors and hinges are fitted to the door jamb with the parting stop and casing for one side pre-attached. For exterior doors, the sill is also included. The entire assembly is temporarily braced to facilitate installation, and the door will be predrilled to accommodate the latch and deadbolt lock assembly. For new construction, the door jamb will be one of two standard dimensions to properly fit conventional wall thicknesses. Custom door jamb widths can also be supplied, typically on 1/16 inch increments, for installation in older homes or for new construction having non-standard wall dimensions.

If you are planning a custom home, the special framing requirements for larger, more dramatic designs using sidelites, above-the-door transom windows, or even double entry doors, can be considered from the onset, making the installation of custom doors a logical and affordable option. For home remodeling, installing larger doors or adding some of these same special features may require a considerable amount of carpentry to provide the necessary rough-opening, substantially increasing the cost of the project. However, there are other situations where custom doors can be utilized without incurring prohibitive costs. On older homes, the door height and width dimensions may vary from standard sizes but these clearances may still be perfectly acceptable. In this instance, a custom door can be constructed to exactly fit the existing jamb, eliminating the necessity to alter, replace, or refinish the existing casing.

Besides the beauty and uniqueness of a custom door installation, there are other advantages. Custom doors often have higher impact ratings to protect against storm-driven debris and forced entry. The decorative glass used in custom doors will often be of double-pane, argon-filled, Low-E construction, resulting in a higher insulating value and provide increased protection against damaging ultra-violet (UV) radiation. Higher fire ratings through improved materials and design are also available.

In the final assessment, spending more on a custom door installation may be worth the additional expense when aesthetic considerations-beauty, uniqueness, and personal satisfaction-along with safety and reliability are factored into the analysis.

Peter Wendt is a writer and researcher working out of the great state of Texas. He has been writing about this subject for several years, and he finds that a great resource is the website at buy wrought iron doors.

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