Learning Real Estate Terms – Door Types

Red, yellow, white, blue, brown? Steel, wood, glass? Fancy or simple? What type of door does your home have? And what is more important, does it serve its purpose to protect from heat and cold, pests and strangers? Does it also look welcoming to your friends or potential home buyers? Lets talk abut your DOORS!


Doors typically consist of a panel that swings on hinges or that slides or spins inside of a space and is used to control the entry into the structure of people, animals, air and light. Doors are also very significant in preventing the spread of fire. They act as a barrier to noise. Many doors are equipped with locking mechanisms to allow entrance to certain people and keep out others. As a form of courtesy and civility, people knock before opening a door and entering a room.

Doors are often symbolically endowed with ritual purposes, and the guarding or receiving of the keys to a door, or being granted access to a door can have special significance.

Many kinds of doors have specific names, depending on their purpose.
There could be interior and exterior doors, depending on where they installed. Depending on the type of door panel, doors could be single, French, Dutch. Depending on the mechanism used – sliding, hinged, roller, tilt.

Hinged doors – the standard hinged door is as basic as doors come. This is what everyone thinks of when you say the word ‘door’. A hinged door typically consists of either a solid wooden panel door or hollow-cored door affixed to a door jamb with two or more hinges. Additional hinges are generally required to support taller doors, and stronger, sturdier hinges are required for weightier doors.

The door may have a knob or lever entry and be lockable or may simply be pushed or pulled open, depending on where it’s installed and for what purpose. Self-closing door mechanisms are sometimes found attached to this type of door.
Flush Door
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A flush door is hinged, single leaf, completely smooth door, having plywood or MDF fixed over a light timber frame, the hollow parts of which are often filled with a cardboard core material
Panel Door

Another type of hinged, single leaf door, not smooth, but rather consisting of panels, as the picture above shows, you could have single-panel, double panel, triple-panel and so on.

Windowed Door
Windowed door

Door with glass or stained glass inserts.
Decorative Carved DoorsDecorative carved doors

This is another type of hinged door, not the one you will see too often in our days.
French Door
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A French door is a door style consisting of a frame around one or more transparent and/or translucent panels (called lights or lites) that may be installed singly, in matching pairs, or even as series.
Storm Doors / Screen Doors

an additional outer door for protection in bad weather or winter
Dutch Doors
dutch door

a door divided into two parts horizontally, allowing one half to be shut and the other left open.

Sliding / Gliding Doors – a door drawn across an aperture on a groove or suspended from a track, rather than turning on hinges. Sliding doors make excellent use of space, and allow significantly larger entryways than conventional hinged doors.

Pocket Door
Pocket doorPocket door2
A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears, when fully open, into a compartment in the adjacent wall. Pocket doors are used for architectural effect, or when there is no room for the swing of a hinged door
Bypass Door
bi-pass6Bypass doors
door that consists of two or more panels that run in parallel tracks

Bi-fold Door

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A bi-fold door consists of two panels attached by hinges, which folds in the middle when opened.
Patio Sliding Door
sliding glass door to deck
A sliding glass door or patio door is a large glass window opening in a structure that provide door access from a room to the outdoors, fresh air, and natural light. A sliding glass door is usually considered a single unit consisting of two panel sections, one being fixed and one a being mobile to slide open.
Accordion / Folding Door
Accordion doorsAccordion doors2
an interior door that opens by folding back in sections (rather than by swinging on hinges)
Roller Door
roller door
A roller door is a type door normally found in garages and sheds. Roller doors consist of a corrugated steel curtain that, when lifted to open, rolls up into a bundle at the top of the door. The corrugations in the door allow the door to flex – the wider the expanse the door has to cover, the deeper and sturdier the corrugations and steel have to be. This means a larger bundle must be accounted for when the door is fully open.
Other materials can be used in the construction of these doors where impact is not going to be an issue, but since these doors are by and large used in garages where a bump from a car is more likely to occur, the most commonly used material is steel.
Tilt Door
tilt doors
Hinged tilt doors are commonly used for garages and sheds, and offer a simple and cost-effective way to create a large, accessible opening.

And my favorite type – Hidden Doors!


And what type of doors does your home have? I bet you more then one!

More of Real Estate Terms:

Learning Real Estate Terms – Roof Types
Learning Real Estate Terms – Window Types
Architectural Home Styles – Learning Real Estate Terms Part III
Architectural Home Styles – Learning Real Estate Terms Part II
Architectural Home Styles – Learning Real Estate Terms Part One
Types of Homes – Learning Real Estate Terms

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Your Real Estate Connection:
Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty


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