A homeowner will have lots of questions about the doors for your home, like “what are prehung doors or where do I shop?” during their home building and remodeling projects. The door questions start once you actually sit down at a showroom. The salesperson at the supplier will hit you with more door questions than you ever thought possible.
Let me tell you a quick story. I sent one of my clients off to shop for doors. She’s a smart woman, an attorney, and the salesperson at the door supplier is one of the best. My client came back discouraged, saying that she felt ‘lost and stupid’. That was the experience of a smart woman with an outstanding salesperson! Wood Staining
There are tons of details to decide. There’s also a tremendous amount of shopping to be done when you are building a new house or remodeling an existing one. Think about all the products you must choose: doors, windows, roofing, exterior covering, flooring, cabinets, counters, lighting, plumbing fixtures….and the beat goes on. Each of these products are sold through different suppliers and with multiple trips to each, that is A LOT of your time.
What’s the moral of the story for the homeowner? Do as much research and homework as you can before shopping. It will save you time and headache.
Here are the first things that you need to know when shopping for doors. Most likely, these 3 questions will be the first you are asked once you sit down with a salesperson.
Try to decide these upfront:
Paint or Stain – Why is this important? If you want stained doors, then some lines (like molded doors) are not available to you. Only a wood door can be stained. Now the salesperson knows which way to steer you.
Height Considerations – Why is this a first question? Doors taller than 8 ft. are available, although these are custom-made and more expensive. The salesperson would need to make sure it is available to you in the manufacturer’s line she is considering for you.
For many years, the “standard” height for interior doors was 6-‘8″ (6 foot, 8 inches), or 80″. Now, standard heights are 80″, 84″ and 96″ (6′-8″, 7′ and 8′). If the house has high ceilings and large rooms, doors taller than 6’-8″ look appropriate and amazing. Height impacts the look of a house in a major way which is one of the main reasons they are chosen early-on in the process.