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Standard Door Sizes for Exterior Doors

by:Casen Doors     2020-04-16
Whether you're up to your elbows in plans for a new custom-built home, planning an addition, or just freshening up the entrance of your home, you know how easy it is to stray from your budget. A few dollars here and a couple of cents there can really add up. And nothing adds to your budget more than mistakes. Anything that isn't done right is going to cost you. That's as true for exterior wood doors as it is for windows and hardware. If you're looking to buy an exterior wood door that perfectly fits your house, you'll want to know about good measurement practices and the basic facts surrounding standard door sizes. Measuring your Door Properly If you have a door that you're looking to replace, measure the existing door from top to bottom, and round off the measurement to the next inch. Now measuring it from left to right and round the measurement up again. Next measure the thickness of the door. Most doors are built to a standard 1 A� inch thickness, so it probably shouldn't be far off from that. Make a special note if it is. To be on the safe side, also measure the width of the door jamb itself and the height and width of the frame, not including trim. This way you'll have everything you need to find a suitable match wherever you go looking. Rough-In Measurements Once you have measured your exterior wood doors, add two inches to each measurement. That's what people in the industry call a 'rough-in measurement', and they use it to allow for the space you'll need for things like shimming material and hinges. So, for example, if your door is going to be 32 by 80, your rough-in measurement will be 34 by 82. Be sure to let your contractor or the vendor you're purchasing from know that you're giving them rough-in measurements so they don't mistake them for the actual door size. It may seem obvious, but it's better to be safe than sorry! If they don't need them, they'll say so, but it's good to have them on hand. Standard Widths Single door sizes have been heavily standardized to ensure a healthy supply and demand marketplace exists. If you're going with a single door, you have three choices. Single exterior wood doors come in 30, 32, and 36 inch widths. For many people the choice is aesthetic, but if you want to make the home extra spacious or wheelchair friendly, you'll want to consider a 32 or 36 inch width. Most wheelchairs are between 24 and 27 inches, so any door would technically work, but the larger sizes will make entry and exit much more comfortable. The wider doorway will also make it easier for you to move things in and out of the home without damaging your investment. Standard Heights Unlike with the width of exterior wood doors, there aren't multiple options for standard heights. All standard exterior wood doors are exactly 80 inches tall. At almost 7 feet, this height works for most people (especially when you consider that standard ceilings sit at 8 feet above the floor) so it hasn't required much fiddling. If you or someone in your family is especially tall though, you may want to consider custom sizes if your ceilings can accommodate them. It'll be a touch more expensive, but it beats having to duck every time you enter your own home, and isn't a lot more work to cut a few inches up if you're already putting in a new jamb to match the door. If you're able to order standard-sized exterior wood doors for every entryway, you can save a lot of your hard-earned money, so make sure your measurements are right and you aren't asking for sizes you don't need. Once you're armed with the correct measurements, finding the right exterior wood doors will be a piece of cake, and your budget will thank you.
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