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What Is A Panel Door?

There are many different doors that you can choose from today. The variety is almost necessary due to the number of different homes and home styles that are currently out there waiting. Whether you need to replace a current door, either interior or exterior, or if you are building your own home to enjoy, the right door can really put the finishing touch on a job well done.

Two Piece PanelYou may have heard of different door types and wonder what some of them refer to. Many are simply referring to the style that they are modeled after. Usually, this is also tied to the home design they are often included in. So, for example, a craftsman style door is often part of a craftsman style house.  But you may have also heard about panel doors, flush doors, and others. Just what makes a panel door a panel door? Is it better than other doors? Where should you install it?  When you know more about the right door type for your home, you can make the best decisions and get exactly what you want.

Panel DoorSo just what is a Panel Door? Panel doors are, and have been, very popular for quite some time. Their name essentially tells you what they are – the door is crafted not of one single piece of wood or other material, but instead is comprised of panels. Each of these panels will fit together in order to create the finished door. For example, a six panel door will be made up of six inset rectangles or squares within the door. You have likely encountered dozens, if not more, panel doors in your lifetime. These squares or rectangles can be raised or recessed in the door, which can have a solid wood core, or be comprised of wood and other materials in order to help the door be lighter. The panels are often surrounded by either simple or more complex stiles, rails, and mullions.

A door can have one panel, or it can have several. The door can also have glass panes, or lites, set into the wood as well in case you want to allow light through the door.  Typically, panel doors are used for exterior doors, but if you want a heavier door that can better deaden sound then you can have panel doors installed as interior doors as well.

What is a Panel DoorPanel doors are popular due to both design and the fact that their construction makes the door more rigid. If you choose a panel door, make sure to work with a good company that uses high quality wood, craftsmanship, and other materials to give you a door that will last for years to come.