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.
Door slab: The two rectangular Dutch Door leaves without the frame is called the door slab. Typically a slab will not have a door frame or hardware. Handles, latch, deadbolt and hinges will not be typically prepped. Weatherstripping between leaves will be included. Stand-alone Dutch Door slabs will not fit in a standard wood door frame (see cautionary note and image below).
Pre-hung: This is an entry door system that 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).
The 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.
Do note that fiberglass doors are manufactured ¾” inch shorter than a comparable wood door. In fact, a “Dutched” fiberglass door will be 1” shorter still. An important point to remember if you are replacing a wood door with fiberglass.
Check if the new slab hardware latch and deadbolt, will align with your existing jamb. A door frame that hangs a standard full slab door WILL NOT FIT Dutch door hinges, lock and deadbolt.
Go for a slab door if you know what you are doing. If, unsure, order a pre-hung system.
Decide if you want a slab only or complete pre-hung system
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 or textured)
If textured, decide skin type (Mahogany or Oak)
Decide on paint or stain color
Choose threshold and hinge finish color
It is important you get the door size, handing and jamb width, right (steps 1 through 4). 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.
We do not sell odd-sized doors. Our Rapid Ship Doors (Shop) come in standard 36”X80” size. The custom build doors (Build) come in the standard 36”X80” and narrower 32”X80” options. Apart from these options, we do not sell Dutch Doors in other sizes.
Yes, we do offer a Retractable Screen. This option is only available for our “BUILD A DOOR” products. You’ll need to order a Pre-Hung system with an Extended Dutch Shelf to support the screen. Note: Jamb size should be 5-1/4” or less.
As pets come in various shapes and sizes, we do not offer pet doors pre-installed. That said, we can make a pet door cut out based on the size provided by you. This option is available for some of our “BUILD A DOOR” products.
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.
The Rapid ship doors are unfinished and ready to paint. Use our “BUILD A DOOR” products to order an unfinished door, or get a factory finish paint or stain for your door. You have a choice of over 10 paint and 8 stain options. What’s more, you may even order a split finish – that is have one color outside and another inside!
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Once you place your order, we will process it and send to manufacturer/ distributor. The door will then be custom crafted according to your order. Once the door system is complete, it will be sent to our warehouse for final inspection. We will then ship the door to your address.
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.