The 4 Ways You Can Configure Your Entry Door’s Swing

Explore This Advantage Of A Complete Replacement Of Your Old Pre-Hung System.

If your current front door is like most, it swings inwards. One way or another, that’s become common here in the Orange County, CA area. And when you see the average pre-hung, cookie-cutter front door, they tend to follow this norm.

There are some functional reasons. Security, for example. When a door is kicked in, it’s typically at the hinges. They can be a weak point, so general manufacturers keep them inside the home, rather than outside. Plus, with an inward swinging front door you can easily peek at anyone knocking on or approaching the door.

How about aesthetics. Some folks don’t want to take the necessary steps to hide outside hinges or harden them in a good looking way.

But when it comes time to update your front door and replace it with a gorgeous, custom, high-caliber entry door system with us… you’ve got options.

Take this example image below from one of our Entry Door Galleries. This is a 96-inch Dutch Door with smooth skin; factory-painted white. The glass is hard to see, but it’s clear.

The 4 Directions

They’re pretty basic at first glance – the swing directions are always based on the exterior view of the door, as if you’re standing outside looking in. Also, keep in mind that with outswings, “left” and “right” doesn’t mean the hinges are on the left or the right. It’s the opposite!

  1. Left hand inswing (LHIS)
  2. Left hand outswing (LHOS).
  3. Right hand inswing (RHIS).
  4. Right hand outswing (RHOS).

Here are the diagrams we use to help explain these options to people who visit our showroom or who have us send out our Mobile Showroom.

What it comes down to is the surrounding environment directly inside or outside the door. For example, perhaps you’d like to sport vines or a nice planter outside on the right. Well, then an outward swing on the left might look great – unique, classy, welcoming.

Can you imagine outward swinging doors with an entry door like this: double 30-inch entry doors that have been factory-painted vineyard, with chinchilla glass and satin nickel hardware (we installed this system in the Anaheim area).

Because we do complete full-service, A to Z installations of The Very Best Doors, we remove and manufacture the frame so we can do almost anything. And let’s not forget there are other exterior doors like side-entry doors that you may want to swing differently. 

 

What if inside the doorway is a laundry area and appliances? What if you want to make more room inside? What if you want it much more wide open inside the entryway? It really comes down to the layout of the house (it’s common for us to do our work while other parts of the entryway and home are being remodeled as well).

That’s a 72×80-inch double side entry door system in white, which we installed in the Trabuco Canyon area. As you can see, the hinges are on the outside, but trust us, those doors are secure. Here’s another example from a high-quality fiberglass water heater door we installed:

Bottom Line: You Get The Exact Look You Want

The good news is that when you go with premium entry doors, you get premium features and benefits. You get to have everything exactly as you want it, to match your lifestyle, the aesthetic of your home, and your security needs.

Have more questions about our process? Curious about a dutch door perhaps? Want to learn all the ins and outs of getting a new custom fiberglass entry door system. Don’t hesitate to reach out and Contact The Entry Door Experts. We’re happy to take the time and treat you right!