Article provided by: Fine Paints of Europe
Finding the right door and the right paint to go on that door can be a challenging endeavor. After all, there are so many styles and colors to choose from that it could take one an entire day to sort through all of the possible options before coming to a final choice.
That is why it is imperative to find a reliable purveyor of high-quality paints. You should be able to trust that your paints will hold up to the years of wear and tear like nicks and dings and sunshine that can wear down a paint job.
But where can you turn for reliable paint?
Fine Paints of Europe has been providing some of the very best paints, primers and enamels in the industry since we entered the industry in 1987. The Netherlands has been a top provider of paints for decades, and Fine Paints of Europe is one of the first to provide that high quality to the United States and North America, making it one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
But that isn’t the only thing that came over from the Dutch: there is also the Dutch door.
What is a Dutch front door?
A Dutch door – also known as a half door, double-hung door, or stable door – was typical in the Netherlands in the 17th century. They are a single door that is split in the middle, allowing the top half to open while the bottom half remains shut and vice versa.
Dutch doors feature a standard doorknob or a lever on the bottom half and can even house a deadbolt on the top half when used as an exterior door. Dutch doors were designed as exterior doors on farmhouses to keep animals out and children in, while still allowing for airflow and light to come and go.
Dutch doors are great in warmer climates, allowing for consistent airflow into the house, resulting in lower temperatures which in turn can lead to lower electric costs as running air conditioners can be an expensive thing if you have to run them continuously.
How much does a Dutch door cost?
The doors themselves can cost in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars even for your basic models. The higher quality you go, the more expensive they can be, with some in the range of several thousand dollars. There is also the cost of installation, which can run from $500-1,000 depending on the company and the style of Dutch door that you choose.
Still, there are positives to installing Dutch doors even at the cost that can come with them. As mentioned above, they allow for increased airflow so that you can keep your house cooler without having to run the air conditioning continuously as you might with a home that has poorer airflow options.
If you own a farmhouse, it can also help keep children in and animals out while maintaining that air flow. There is enough on your plate without having to worry about who is roaming where and having to corral them back to where they should be.