These are some of the questions we are asked quite regularly. We’ll be adding more as we go on. Feel free to contact us if you do not find what you need here.
New to My Dutch Door?
My Dutch Door is an online retailer of Fiberglass Dutch Doors. We are a family owned business located in Southern California.
Dutch Doors, also known as split, double hung or half doors, are doors that are divided horizontally. They consist of two leaves (top and bottom halves of door) that operate independently.
Why Fiberglass Dutch Doors?
We firmly believe fiberglass is superior to wood and steel doors in every way. Fiberglass doors;
- Are stronger and won’t fade, crack, splinter or rot like wood doors.
- Will not dent, scratch or rust like steel
- Wont expand or contract as much as wood or steel when the weather changes
- Six time more energy efficient than wood, and
- Require comparatively much less maintenance than either wood or steel doors
The type of horizontal cut in your Dutch Door determines if your door is secure. Most DIY methods follow the “Straight cut’ method, which is not very secure. All our Dutch Doors come with the inverse “L” shaped ‘Rabbet cut’ which is very strong and weather resistant.
Similar to traditional doors, you will have the latch and deadbolt to fortify the door. You also have a Dutch bolt to lock the two leaves together. Additionally, Dutch Doors also have 4 hinges, compared to the typical 3 in traditional doors.
The solidly constructed fiberglass molded surface provides strong protection and provides significant security over wood.
Fiberglass Doors are engineered to be extremely energy efficient. According to industry research Fiberglass Doors are up to six times more energy efficient than wood.
All our Dutch Doors are shipped with weather resistant Q-Lon weatherstripping that’s affixed to the rabbetted portion of the lower-leaf. Pre-hung doors come with additional Q-Lon weatherstripping that’s placed around the perimeter of the frame. Combined with the threshold, the weatherstripping blocks air and moisture. It not only acts as a weather shield but increases energy efficiency.
Where to install
Dutch Doors are extremely versatile and can be used in many places in your home. Here are some places you can install a Dutch Door;
- Front Entry Door
- Kitchen or Laundry door
- Side Garage door
- Mud room, Storage room or any other door leading outside
Yes, you need an overhand for warranty purposes.
Our fiberglass Dutch doors are popular, practical and beautiful. And we know that you have chosen fiberglass because you want the enhanced benefits that it has to offer over a similar wood product e.g. energy efficiency, maintenance and durability. To ensure your investment is protected we only offer Dutch doors where there is adequate protection from the elements. Having an appropriate overhang is mission critical for the lifespan of your new Dutch door. Whenever a Dutch door is proposed it must adhere to the following formula for adequate overhang or it can not be warrantied. The formula is X=1/2Y (where X is the length of the overhang determined by one half the distance of the Y measurement) For example if the distance between the porch and the overhang (Y) is 10 feet the X (overhang) measurement should be half the distance, or 5 feet. For more severe climatic conditions your overhang should be X=Y.
Before You Begin
A pre-hung entry door system includes the door, frame and threshold.
- The Hinges will be prepped and installed.
- The Dutch bolt may be prepped and installed (optional).
- Handle and lockset holes will be prepped (handle and lock-set hardware not provided).
We do NOT offer "slab only" Dutch Doors. We offer only pre-hung Dutch door systems. A pre-hung unit ensures an easy installation and snug fit.
A pre-hung Fiberglass Dutch Door will easily replace an existing pre-hung wood door system (either Dutched or non-Dutched). The system will be in a Knock-Down form for easy shipping. Reassembly is required upon arrival. Door assembly by a licensed contractor is required for warranty purposes.
- Determine door handing (left/ right) and swing (In/ out)
- Measure rough opening to determine door size
- Measure jamb width
- Decide on the Dutch Door style, glass placement and type
- Decide on surface texture (smooth for painting or textured for staining/ painting)
- Choose threshold and hinge finish color
It is important you get the door size, handing and jamb width, right (steps 1 through 3). Download this handy checklist that'll show you how to easily measure your door, step-by-step. Once this is out of the way, you may choose from the various design options to customize and order your door.
Product & Lead Times
We do not provide sidelites with our Dutch Doors.
We do not offer transoms
We do not sell Double Dutch Doors at present; but are considering it.
Our Dutch Doors are not hurricane rated. We do not recommend you install them in a High Velocity Hurricane Zone (Florida HVHZ).
We do not sell odd-sized doors. Our Rapid Ship Doors (Shop) come in standard 36”X80” size.
No. Our Dutch Doors are for residential purposes only. They are not ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.
Our Doors are not fire rated.
My Dutch Doors are insulated with a solid polyurethane foam core. This is among the most energy-efficient door materials available today.
We do not offer a Retractable Screen.
This option is not available at present.
This option is not available at present.
We do not have any local dealers at present. My Dutch Doors is an "Internet only" store operating from California. We ship to all 48 contiguous United States.
Yes, they are. The two doors halves are secured with a rabbet (stepped) cut and sealed with a weather stripping. Weatherstripping is also placed around the door jamb. The tight seal prevents light, air and moisture penetration.
Our Dutch Doors are shipped unfinished and ready to paint.
Our Dutch Doors typically ship between 7 to 10 business days.
Read more about shipping and returns here.
Payment and Security
We accept all major Credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover). We do not accept cash or personal checks.
We use industry standard SSL with strong 128/256 bit data encryption to protect your information. Your payment is processed by the payment processor on their secure network. This means no sensitive data like your credit card information actually touches our servers.
Once you place your order, we will process your payment. Our warehouse will make final inspection of your door and package it. We will then ship the door to your address.
Shipping and handling
We ship to the 48 contiguous United States and most of California. We do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii or APO/FPO addresses.
We use Common Carrier shipping companies together with Standard Ground Shipping Service to deliver your door.
We offer a Flat Rate of $299 for each Door Slab or Pre-hung unit.
Dutch Doors are complicated systems and we recommend they be installed by a licensed qualified professional door company to qualify for warranty.
Do note installation without proper tools and knowledge may result in personal injury. Improper finishing/sealing of doors will void the warranty.
Pre-finished door systems will ship with touch-up paint for minor scrapes or scratches.
We do not have any local installers at present. You may research your local Yelp or Angie’s List directory and contract a reputed licensed professional installer.
Any other questions?
Contact us if you have any other questions.