For new homes, large modifications to existing abodes, or major remodeling projects, choosing which type of doors and what door features will work best is a major matter. We will share several door design ideas for MARVIN® Doors so you can choose the right door to improve the comfort and enhance the beauty of your new spaces.
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Design Elements and Useful Door Features That Set MARVIN® Doors Apart
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Here are some door features and useful design nuggets that apply to most doors, regardless of type:
When possible, the height of door trim should match the height of the trim on nearby windows. Adding a transom window above a door can help line up the topside door trim with those windows that stretch up to the ceiling.
Even when designing a small home, make sure at least one door is large enough to accommodate larger pieces of furniture like desks and couches.
Extruded aluminum door components provide more strength and resist dents better than door parts made of thinner roll-formed aluminum.
Fiberglass has excellent thermal properties that are well suited for cold climates, and fiberglass will remain stable during extremely hot temperatures unlike some PVC products.
Wood interiors can add natural warmth to any atmosphere and serve as a visual focal point in any room.
Color and Finish
The profile and finish of patio doors should maintain a visual continuity with the windows that surround them.
For doors exposed to salty sea air or long hours of direct sunlight, look for a paint finish that meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 performance standard. MARVIN® Ultrex achieves AAMA 624 verification, giving independent verification that it is best in class among fiberglass products.
The type of Low E coatings in your door glass depends on the region where your home is located. Some Low E coatings are engineered to retain heat indoors while others are designed to prevent solar heat gain indoors.
Whether you use authentic muntin bars or simulated divided lites, a classic or custom grille pattern can enhance historic accuracy or accentuate the more prominent architectural features on your home.
Doors with multi-point locks provide more security against forced entries.
Integrated lock status sensors improve the reliability and reduce the installation cost of a home’s security system.
Impact-rated doors make the most sense for homes threatened by tropical storms and hurricanes. Laminated glass can add to security since it is extremely difficult to get through even when the glass is broken because the PVB interlayer remains intact.
Design Ideas for MARVIN® Swinging Doors
Consider traffic patterns when deciding which way a door should swing. Take a patio door for example: Imagine walking from your deck or patio into your home. Think about the path that most people will be traveling, probably into the kitchen. You want the door to swing in the direction where you’ll be able to walk past the door panel without having to swing it all the way open.
Because inswing doors are more common, they tend to cost a little less. Some people prefer outswing doors because they don’t occupy any indoor space when opened.
Swinging doors are available in huge sizes and can be combined with transom windows and sidelites to create open, airy, light-filled rooms. Some swinging doors can be combined with additional operating panels.
And some products like the MARVIN® Ultimate swinging door allow you to combine operating panels of different widths for a truly contemporary flavor.
To maximize views and natural light, products like MARVIN® Modern doors are specifically engineered to be joined with Marvin Modern windows to create vast, full-wall window and door assemblies that essentially function as one energy-efficient unit.
MARVIN® Swinging Doors are the meat and potatoes of any new build or remodel project.
MARVIN® French Door Design Ideas
You must decide whether your French door panels will swing in to the home or out. You will also need to decide which panel swings and how. You can decide to have both panels operate, which gives you the ability to create a large opening for maximum traffic flow and plenty of fresh air. Or to conserve space and improve security, you can choose one panel to remain stationary. If you go this route, a MARVIN® French Door gives you the option to have the hinges of the operating door located on either the jamb or attached to the non-operating door panel in the center.
MARVIN® Sliding Doors are great options if you want to get the most out of amazing views and fill rooms with natural light.
MARVIN® Sliding Door Design Ideas
A sliding door can serve as a practical space-saving solution. Because sliders operate in plane with the wall, only the space in front of the operating panel needs to be kept clear of furniture. MARVIN® Sliding French doors allow you to take advantage of the practical functionality of a sliding door while also presenting a more time-honored appearance. If modern is your thing, then you can fully embrace it by choosing a sliding door like a MARVIN® Essential patio door, which boasts narrow stiles and rails and inconspicuous hardware, giving it a sleek, minimalist appearance.
If your scenic door is going to be open more times than not, a MARVIN® Bi-Fold Door might be the one for you.
MARVIN® Bi-Fold Door Design Ideas
Bi-fold door panels can either stack up on the outside or inside of the home. The natural flow of traffic in those areas will dictate which side is best. Besides the obvious features like size, color, and materials, there are several other ways to customize your bi-fold door. First, you will need to pick a configuration, meaning how many door panels there will be and which way they will move. They could open up to the right side, the left side, or they can be split so some open left and others open right. MARVIN® Ultimate bi-fold doors provide up to 90 configurations to choose from and Elevate Bi-Fold doors offer up to 28 configurations.
MARVIN® Multi-Slide Door Design Ideas
One of the main advantages of multi-slide doors is that when closed, each panel stile (the vertical part of the frame) is stacked in front or behind the stile of the door next to it instead of side-by-side as is the case with bi-fold doors. So, if you want to see as much of the outdoors as possible when the door is closed, then a multi-slide door might be the best choice for your home.
MARVIN® Lift and Slide Doors Design Ideas
Lift and slide door panels lift up off the sill before they are slid open or closed. This lifting action makes lift and slide doors easier to operate and more energy efficient. Because of the relative ease in which the MARVIN® Lift and Slide panels can be moved, they can be configured to fill colossal openings up to 12 feet tall and 56 feet wide.
Your new MARVIN® Entry Door is the perfect tool to boost your home’s curb appeal and presents an opportunity to flex your creative design muscles.
MARVIN® Entry Door Design Ideas
Steel, fiberglass, and wood are the most common materials entry doors are made of. Metal is usually the least expensive of the three. Fiberglass is a stable and energy-efficient material, but many people prefer the unmistakable beauty of natural wood grains. If natural wood best meets your design parameters, consider a door with an engineered core and a natural wood veneer. Solid wood doors are beautiful but can be prone to warping and don’t offer the stability and efficiency that engineered products deliver. Regardless of what material you choose, it’s always a good idea to protect your entry door with a porch or overhang of some kind. In fact, your door warranty may depend on it.
To learn more about MARVIN® products, you can reach out to Westside Door – your Authorized MARVIN® Dealer in West Los Angeles, Southern California. Also serving Orange County, South Bay, Beverly Hills, Malibu, West Los Angeles and all of Southern California.
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