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FRONT DOORS – MADE HERE, IN QUEBEC

Your front door plays an important role. It enhances the architecture of your home, reinforcing its personality and welcoming appearance, while lending character to the façade.

Front doors can be made of steel or wood. Steel doors are solid, secure and durable, require very little maintenance and offer a very acceptable level of energy efficiency. Wood doors create a sense of warmth and nobility; however, wood requires a lot of maintenance, although it’s easy to repair and can be painted or stained.

Portes et Fenêtres Verdun is the only company to offer such a wide variety of front doors to suit any taste and any budget. Our expert consultants can guide and support you throughout your renovation project, whether at the store or in the comfort of your own home.
To help guide you so you can make sure you choose the doors that best meet your needs, we would like to offer you some practical tips for your reference.

TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE WHEN BUYING YOUR NEW FRONT DOOR, JUST FOLLOW THE NINE STEPS BELOW.

CONFIGURATIONS

Here’s some useful information on the various available door configurations. Whether you’re looking for a single or double door with or without a fanlight or sidelight, you’ll be able to make an informed decision. Both steel and wood front doors are offered in a wide variety of configurations to fit all different types of openings.

 

Possible configurations

The same opening can be fitted with a vast array of different doors, depending on the desired style and your needs in terms of light and privacy.

 

Single

Double

With a sidelight

Sidelights are stationary windows that can be situated on one or both sides of the door, providing additional natural light.

With a transom

A transom is a stationary window situated above the door, providing additional natural light.

With a sidelight and transom

Non-standard formats

DOORS WITH WINDOWS

Here’s some useful information on the various available window openings for your front door. Whether you’re looking for a lot of natural light or privacy and security, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
 

Window dimensions and configurations

These examples of door windows in various sizes are just a small sampling of the formats that can be applied to a number of different door models.

 

Having a window in your front door allows you to personalize the appearance of the door and increase the amount of natural light it lets in. We give you access to a vast selection of decorative windows to harmonize with your home. The level of privacy and luminosity depends on the opacity of the glass, while the level of security depends on the size of the pane.

Luminosity

The amount of luminosity and privacy the door provides is primarily determined by the finish and texture of the glass. Privacy is classified according to five levels ranging from Level 1 for clear glass to Level 5 for opaque glass.

Various models are available in modern, contemporary and classic styles.

On the left: silkscreened with a sandblasted finish—Privacy Level 3/5. On the right: textured leaded glass—Privacy Level 3/5.

Privacy

On the left: sandblasted cut glass—Privacy Level 4/5. On the right: beveled, frosted, leaded glass—Privacy Level 4/5.

Security

Any high-quality door that’s properly installed is secure. However, the level of security will vary depending on the format of the window in the door. Various models are available in modern, contemporary and classic styles.

Leaded glass

Leaded glass windows are made from pieces of glass of different formats and textures fitted together with strips of metal caming (zinc or patina). Various models are available in modern, contemporary and classic styles.

On the left: diamond leaded glass, patina caming—Privacy Level 4/5. On the right: leaded art glass, patina caming—Privacy Level 4/5.

Grilles

Grilles hark back to the wood windows of an earlier era. These models offer timeless charm.

CONTEMPORARY

CLASSIC

Contemporary or classic molding

Whether you’re looking for a front door with a window in a contemporary, modern or classic style, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

Molding or frames in contemporary or classic styles with tried-and-true designs offer optimum long-term performance, superior insulation and esthetics, and a similar appearance on the inside and outside of the door.

Color

Color is an excellent way to personalize your door. A number of standard colors, as well as a virtually infinite selection of custom shades, are available.

DOORS WITHOUT WINDOWS

Here’s some useful information on the most popular models of front doors without windows. If you’re looking for privacy and security, you’ll be able to make an informed decision. Both steel and wood front doors are offered in a wide variety of configurations to fit different types of openings.

Any high-quality door that’s properly installed is secure. However, the level of security will vary depending on the format of the window in the door.

 

Embossing, relief, trim and applied molding

If you’re looking for a front door without a window, several models are available to you. Different types of embossing, reliefs, trim and applied molding can lend a contemporary, modern or classic accent to the façade of your home.

 

Come meet with one of our door and window experts, who will help you to determine which model from our immense selection of products will respond best to your needs.

CLASSIC

CONTEMPORARY

Color

Color is an excellent way to personalize your door. A number of standard colors, as well as a virtually infinite selection of custom shades, are available.

OPENING DIRECTION

Here’s some useful information and advice on the available options for determining the direction in which your front door will open. Front doors generally open toward the inside of the home, but you’ll sometimes see mechanisms that open outward, as well.

 

Left/Right

The first question to ask is which side the hinges should go on. Whether they go on the left or the right will depend on which direction you want the door to open.

  • When you talk to your representative, keep in mind that, in the door industry, the hinges are viewed from the outside of the door. So when you talk about having the hinges on the right and the door opening to the left, this refers to how it appears from the outside.

 

Inward opening: RECOMMENDED

It’s usually recommended to have the door open toward the inside of the home, as it’s easier to open from the inside.

 

Outward opening: NOT RECOMMENDED

This option is available; however, since the door is exposed to the elements, the warranty won’t cover water leaks or warping.

HARDWARE & OPTIONS

Here’s some useful information on hardware options to help you make an informed decision. You can discuss this with your Portes et Fenêtres Verdun representative.

Contemporary- and classic-style doorknobs

These products, as well as several others, are offered in a variety of finishes, the most popular being nickel and bronze.

Contemporary- and classic-style door handles

These products, as well as several others, are offered in a variety of finishes, the most popular being nickel and bronze.

Multipoint locking mechanisms

This type of lock, which includes multiple deadbolts, is extra secure and available in several different models.

Guard plates

A guard plate is a steel plate that reinforces the door frame, providing additional resistance against attempted break-ins.

Electronic locks

An electronic lock is a device equipped with a battery-operated motor. Once you enter the code, the device activates a mechanism that slides the deadbolt.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Here’s some useful information and advice on energy efficiency to help you make an informed decision when choosing a door.

 

Doors and energy efficiency

The measurement of energy efficiency in an exterior door is slightly different from that of a window. Whether a door receives Energy Star certification or not is based on the new regulations that went into effect in January 2020 and depends on the glazed surface and model of the door. Discuss it with your Portes et Fenêtres Verdun representative.

 

The door manufacturing process

The secret to good energy efficiency in an exterior door lies in the way it’s assembled, in accordance with the manufacturing process used at the factory. First, the frame is assembled, followed by the panels. Next, the door is weather-proofed, caulked, outfitted with weather-stripping and then tested to make sure that everything is in compliance with regulations. If the door has a window, the window must also be of superior quality.

Whether the door you purchase is Energy Star-certified or not, it will automatically lose all of its advantages if it isn’t properly installed. If the door isn’t perfectly straight, if there isn’t enough urethane insulation around the edges or if the door sweep and weather-stripping don’t fit snugly, the door can let in drafts, resulting in significant heat loss. That’s why it’s absolutely essential to have it installed by a professional.

 

Product Maximum U-factor W/m2 (Btu/h*pi2*F) OU Minimum energy performance (EP)
Doors and windows 1.22 (0.21) 34

Minimum values for meeting the new Energy Star requirements.

MEASUREMENTS

Here are some tips to help you take measurements of your door before you visit the store.

Width and height

Include the width and height of your interior molding, as it conceals the actual opening in the wall. Your representative will confirm the final measurements.
 

Depth

Measure the distance between the outer and inner wall.
 

Geographical orientation

As viewed from the inside

ESTIMATES

A cheaper estimate is always appealing, but you need to make sure that the lower estimate offers all of the same elements and that they’re of comparable quality.

Here are the things you should look for in an estimate:

  • All of the elements that are specific to your project
    The number and type of doors, their format, the direction in which they open and their orientation.
  • Installation method
    All of the relevant details that are specific to your project.
  • All of the finishing elements
    Colors, interior and exterior molding, grilles, slot covers, integrated blinds, frames, architectural details, models, finishes, etc.
  • All of the hardware elements
    Knobs, handles, locks, screens, models, finishes, etc.
  • Warranty
    The warranty on parts and installation.
  • Permits
    Information related to obtaining permits in accordance with your local municipal regulations.
  • GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE
    The number of the company’s license from the Quebec Building Authority (RBQ).
  • CCQ
    Owners of rental or income-generating buildings must comply with the regulations of the Quebec Construction Commission (Commission de la construction du Québec).
  • Financing
    If discussed with your representative, the financing option, including the amount, interest rate and payment schedule.

INSTALLATION

Having a door installed by a team of professionals is essential for ensuring the optimum durability and performance of the product.

ENTRUST THE INSTALLATION OF ALL YOUR DOORS TO THE EXPERTS AT PORTES ET FENÊTRES VERDUN

Even the best-quality product can perform poorly if it isn’t properly installed. That’s why it’s strongly recommended that you entrust the installation to a specialized company with the necessary experience to work with the manufacturer’s products. Your comfort will be ensured by an installation performed in accordance with best practices.

 

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