What Is Brickmold on a Door, and Should You Get It?
When shopping for a new door, you may find yourself faced with a number of terms you don’t recognize. Some of them have to do with the door itself, while others are features surrounding the door. This is true of brickmold, a term that most people not involved in the door industry might not have often heard. More confusingly, brickmold has little to do with bricks in these days of siding and stucco. But it can be important to know what brickmold is and whether it’s a good choice for your door and your Orange County home. In today’s blog, let’s break down what you need to know about brickmold and whether or not you should get it.
What is Brickmold?
Brickmold (sometimes spelled brickmould) is a trim, made of one of a variety of materials, that surrounds your door and the door frame. Its uses are mostly aesthetic. It surrounds the door frame, serving as a barrier between the doorframe and the exterior walls of the home. This provides a more cohesive flow in terms of the style. Brickmold is something that most often comes with pre-hung door units, in which the frame and the door are purchased together. This is often the case with fiberglass doors, making brickmold and fiberglass good neighbors.
Brickmold can also be wrapped around windows, though in this blog, we’ll only be talking about doors.
Types of Brickmold
Bafflingly, brickmold is never made with brick. In fact, it’s so-named because when brick was the most common exterior wall, it often abutted brick. On the contrary, brickmold is made with vinyl, wood, or composite materials (PVC). These can all vary in terms of long-term quality, appearance, and cost.
- Vinyl brickmold. Vinyl is affordable, sleek, and smooth. It often comes in white, but it can come in a variety of other colors and doesn’t need to be painted.
- Wood brickmold. Wood brickmold, by contrast, is sleek and elegant. It is, however, more expensive and higher maintenance, as it requires frequent staining or painting to keep from swelling and warping. Wood can come in stained, grain wood or finger-jointed pine. Soft wood typically doesn’t last as long when exposed to the elements, but there are hardwoods that can.
- PVC. PVC is a composite brickmold that is, in some ways, the best of both worlds. It is strong and durable, but it can also look attractive. It suits most door frames, adjusting to both classic and modern architecture styles.
Benefits of Brickmold
Now that you understand what brickmold is, the next question would be whether it’s worth the expense to have it installed around your doorframe. Again, the main appeal of brickmold is an aesthetic one, but there are several benefits that you can enjoy when it comes to brickmold. Here are some of our favorites:
- Longer lifespan. Brickmold protects your doorframe, by keeping the plaster around the door from chipping and reinforcing the strength of the frame. This will help your door to stand up to the effects of the weather. It even helps to prevent the frame from rotting. All of this combined can help lengthen the life of your door.
- Curb appeal. Brickmold adds an elegance to the entrance of your home, and since your door and frame is one of the first impressions your home makes on friends, family, and neighbors, brickmold is sure to be a boon for curb appeal. You can also decorate it, whether for the holidays or to suit your own tastes.
- Security. Because brickmold helps to reinforce the frame, it adds one more layer that makes the door difficult to break down. This can give you a little more peace of mind when it comes to your home security.
Downsides of Brickmold
No feature suits every house, however, and that certainly applies to brickmold. There are a few drawbacks in addition to the benefits, and it’s important to know them beforehand so you can make a decision for yourself. Some of the downsides to brickmold include:
- Bulky. Brickmolds can add an aesthetic appeal to your home, but they can also look bulky, so if that’s not the look you’re going for, it might not be the right choice for you. Some modern styles benefit more from a sleek, thin design.
- Costs. Since it’s more material, the installation of a pre-hung door and frame with brickmold costs more than a pre-hung door and frame without brickmold. You may be able to find a door company who offers financing, however.
When Should You Get Brickmold?
So with all that said, the next question is when to get brickmold for your home. It’s really a matter of personal preference. If your entrance needs some extra depth to really make it pop, brickmold could be the right choice for you. If you’re worried about your security or about the lifespan of your door, brickmold is a great idea. If you’re installing a pre-hung door and frame, brickmold can be the finishing touch you need. However, if you’re on a budget or you prefer a sleeker, thinner look, you might prefer to go without brickmold.
So is brickmold the right choice for you? You can talk to a door professional to get a clearer idea of whether it works for you or not. Contact Today’s Entry Doors today for more information or to get started with a free consultation.