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What are Custom Exterior Doors?

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  • Written By: Jodee Redmond
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 28 August 2018
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Custom exterior doors are doors that are ordered to fit into a specific space. A door retailer may have a number of styles available, but not all openings are a standard size. Custom doors can be used when the customer needs one that is a larger or smaller than the standard measurement.

When it comes to custom exterior doors, you have a couple of choices. You have the option of choosing your door design from a catalog and provide the retailer with the measurements necessary to produce it in the right dimensions. The other way to order custom exterior doors is to start from scratch and work with a company who will manufacture your own design.

If you decide to go with the latter option for custom exterior doors, you will need to provide very detailed information. Not only will you be asked what length, width, and thickness you would like, but you will have to make decisions about whether to include glass in the design and what kind of wood you would like to use. The company will also ask you to draw a sketch of your design, to ensure that the product is made to your specifications. Detailed measurements will need to be taken and confirmed before construction on the door begins.

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Many custom exterior doors are made from alder, ash, cedar, cherry, mahogany, pine, teak, or white oak. Any type of hardwood can be used to manufacture custom exterior doors. Mahogany is considered to be a good quality wood, but it is expensive to use. The customer will need to decide whether the design should include raises panels or other decorative features. Beveled or stained glass may be added to the door, if desired.

Not all custom exterior doors are made entirely of wood. Instead, a foam core may be used in between two wood panels. The result is a durable product that is not as heavy as a solid wood door would be.

Another choice that needs to be made when ordering custom exterior doors is whether to order the door slab only or have the manufacturer add other features. The additional features include the doorjamb, hinges, and door hardware. Door knobs are available in several styles and are manufactured out of a variety of materials. This means that a truly custom product can be produced. The only limit is your imagination, and your budget.

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