Dutch Doors in Orange County, CA – Your Ultimate Guide

Plan and design your Exterior Dutch Doors with expert advice, tips, size and configuration information and inspiration from Today’s Entry Doors. Your Fiberglass Dutch Door Specialist in Orange County, CA.

We sell with installation Custom Crafted Dutch Entry Doors in OC and surrounding cities in Southern California.

36″ x 80″ Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Dutch door. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
36″ x 80″ 4 lite Fiberglass Dutch Door. Plastpro, Smooth skin. Split finish color.

Dutch Doors also known as Half Doors, Split Doors, Double-hung Doors and sometimes mistakenly as “Doors with Windows”; are split in half horizontally. Typically the top and bottom halves (leaves) swing open and shut independently. They can also be operated like traditional doors by locking the top and bottom sections together, so the door swings as one unit. Extremely versatile, they are used as both exterior and interior doors.

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Traditional Style Single Dutch Door with 2 Sidelights. Jeld-Wen Aurora A5944 Fiberglass. 9 lite clear glass. Mahogany Skin Stained sable black. Installed in Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA.
Jeld-Wen Aurora A5944 Fiberglass Dutch Door with sidelights. Mahogany grain. “Sable” stain exterior and “Eggshell” painted interior. 9 light Clear glass. Installed in Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA.
Traditional Style Single Dutch Entry Door with 2 Sidelights. Size 36x80. Plastpro DRM60 in Fiberglass. Mahogany Skin Painted Black. Half Lite Solstice Glass with Patina Caming. Installed in Huntington Beach CA.
36"x80" Plastpro DRM60 Fiberglass Dutch Exterior door with two sidelights. Mahogany grain, factory painted Black. Solstice glass with Patina caming. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
36x80 Single Black Dutch Entry Door with Shelf and 2 Sidelights. White Clearview Retractable Screen. Plastpro DRM41 Fiberglass. Mahogany skin, Painted Black. Half Lite Clear Glass. Installed in Santa Ana, Orange County, CA.
Single 36″ inch (36"x80") Black Dutch Entry Door with glass, screen and 2 sidelights in 6 foot opening. Plastpro DRM41 Fiberglass. Mahogany grain, factory painted Black. Half lite Clear glass. Emtek Hamden hardware in Satin Nickel. ClearView retractable screen in White. Installed in Santa Ana, CA.
96" tall (8 Feet High) 36"x96" Plastpro DRS4180 Fiberglass Dutch Side Door with Doggy Door. Top leaf with half Lite Clear Glass. Flush bottom leaf to accommodate Pet Door. Smooth Surface Painted White. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
96" Dutch door with Doggy Door. Plastpro DRS4180 Fiberglass Smooth skin, factory painted White. Clear glass. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
42"X80" (42-Inch-Wide) Single Dutch Entry-Door. 2 Active Sidelights With Rain Glass Inserts. Jeld-Wen Aurora A1208 Fiberglass. Knotty Alder Grain, Stained Caramel. Antiqued And Distressed. Installed In Mission Viejo, CA.
Jeld-wen Aurora Estate fiberglass Half Door with operable sidelights. 42 inch wide (80 inch tall). Model A1208 Fiberglass. Knotty Alder grain, factory stained Caramel. Rain glass. Installed in Mission Viejo, CA.
Single 36x80 Dutch Door with 2 side lights. Plastpro DRS41 Fiberglass. Smooth Skin painted black exterior. Half-lite clear glass. Installed in Costa Mesa, Orange County, CA.
Black Dutch Door with side lights. 36"x80" Plastpro DRS41 Fiberglass. Half lite clear glass with Low-e, Smooth skin. Pre-finished split; exterior Black and interior White. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
Traditional 36"x80" Single Plastpro DRS2G Fiberglass Dutch Door with Shelf. Smooth Skin Painted Citrus Notes. 4 Lite Sea Spray Glass. Installed in Orange, CA.
Traditional 36"x80" Plastpro DRS2G Fiberglass Dutch door. Smooth skin, factory painted Citrus Notes. Sea Spray glass. Copper Creek Heritage hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Orange, CA.
Craftsman Single 36"x80" Fiberglass Dutch Door with 2 Sidelights. Plastpro DRF3CG000 Front Entry. Fir Grain Painted Swiss Coffee. 6 Lite Clear Glass Inserts. Installed in Mission Viejo, CA.
Craftsman 36"x80" Plastpro DRF3CG000 Fiberglass Dutch Door with 2 sidelights. Fir grain, factory painted Swiss Coffee. 6 lite clear glass. Copper Creek Colonial Fashion hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Mission Viejo, CA.
64"x80" (double 32") Plastpro DRG60 Fiberglass Black Double entry door, active door Dutched. Plastpro DRM60. Oak Skin. Top Lite Clear Glass Inserts. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Black Double Doors with only active door ‘Dutched’. 64"x80" (double 32") Plastpro DRM60 Fiberglass. Oak grain. Clear glass top lite. Emtek Franklin hardware in Satin Nickel. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Single Side Dutch Door. 32"x80" Plastpro DRS2B Fiberglass. Smooth Surface Painted White. 9 Lite Clear Glass. Installed in Corona Del Mar, CA.
32 inch (32"x80"), single side Dutch Door. Plastpro DRS2B Fiberglass. Smooth skin, factory painted White. 9 lite clear glass. Copper Creek Waverly hardware in Satin Stainless. Installed in Corona Del Mar, CA.
Traditional 36"x80" Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Dutch door with Shelf and Single sidelight in 5 Foot Wide entrance. Smooth Skin Painted White. Top Lite Artesano Glass with Zinc Caming. Clearview Retractable Pull down Screen painted white. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA
Plastpro Model DRS60 Single Half Door with Sidelite in 5 foot entrance. Door size 36"x80" Fiberglass. Smooth skin, factory painted White. Artesano Breeze glass with Zinc caming. Emtek Hamden hardware in Satin Nickel. ClearView retractable screen in White. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Craftsman Single 36"x80" Plastpro DRS3CG000 Fiberglass Dutch door with 2 sidelights in 5 Foot Wide Entryway. Smooth Skin Painted Scarlet Past Red. 6 Lite Clear Glass with 2 lite sidelights. Installed in Placentia, CA.
Single Craftsman Style Scarlet Red Dutch Door, with two side lites. 36"x80" Plastpro DRS3CG000 Fiberglass. Smooth skin, factory painted Scarlet Past. 6 lite Clear glass door with 2 lite sidelight. Copper Creek Heritage hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Placentia, CA.
36"X80" Single Plastpro DRS2D Fiberglass Dutch Door with Shelf and pull down vanishing screen. Smooth skin, painted White. ClearView retractable screen in White. Installed in Anaheim Hills, CA.
36″ inch Fiberglass Single Dutch Entry Door with Screen (pull down vanishing screen). 36"x80" Plastpro DRS2D. Smooth skin, factory painted White. Copper Creek Colonial hardware in Tuscan Bronze. ClearView retractable screen in White. Installed in Anaheim Hills, CA.
9 Lite SDL Clear Glass Dutch 8ft Entry Door with Shelf. Single 36x96 (8 Foot Tall) Plastpro DRS4180 Fiberglass. Smooth Skin Painted Swiss Coffee. Installed in Ladera Ranch, CA.
Plastpro 36″ x 96″ Single Dutch Door Clear 9 Lite SDL Glass. Plastpro DRS4180 Fiberglass. Smooth skin. Split finish - Factory painted Brown exterior, White interior. Copper Creek Heritage hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Ladera Ranch, CA.
36"x80" Fiberglass Single Dutch Door. Jeld-Wen Aurora A1202. Knotty Alder Grain Stained Mocha. Antiqued and Distressed. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
Jeld-Wen two panel aurora Dutch Door. 36"x80" model A1202 Fiberglass. Knotty Alder grain, factory stained Mocha. Emtek Winchester hardware in Medium Bronze. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
36"x80" Plastpro DRS12C Single Fiberglass Exterior Dutch Door. Smooth Surface Painted Hott Jazz Red. Half Lite Clear Glass Insert. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Plastpro half glass clear dual pane 36” Single Red Half Door. 36"x80" Model DRS12C Fiberglass. Smooth skin. Split finish. Factory painted Hot Jazz exterior and white interior. Clear glass. Emtek EMTouch Brass hardware in Flat Black. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Plastpro DRM41 Fiberglass 42 Inch Wide Half door (Dutch Door) with sidelight (42"x80"). Smooth Skin Painted White. Half Lite Solstice Glass with Patina Caming. Installed in San Clemente, CA.
42″ x 80″ Fiberglass Half Door with full sidelight. Plastpro DRM41. Mahogany grain, factory painted White. Solstice glass with Patina caming. Installed in San Clemente, CA.
Single 36x80 Fiberglass Dutch Door with Active Sidelight and Screen in 55 Inch Wide Entryway. Therma-Tru S231. Smooth Surface Painted Classic White. 4 Lite Clear Glass SDL. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
55″x 80″ entrayway configured with Fiberglass Dutch Door with active sidelight (active with screen). 36"x80" size Therma-Tru S231 Fiberglass door. Smooth skin, factory painted Classic White. Clear glass. Emtek Hamden hardware in Satin Nickel. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
Single 36x80 Rustic Dutch Door with Wrought Iron, 2 active Sidelights and Screens. Plastpro DRA2A Fiberglass. Rustic Wood Grain Painted Black. Priscilla Glass with Wrought Iron Grille. Installed in Rossmoor, CA.
Plastpro Model DRA2A Single Dutch Door with two operable sidelights and screens. Rustic 36"x80" Fiberglass. Rustic grain, factory painted Black. Priscilla glass with wrought iron. Installed in Rossmoor, CA.
Traditional Style 42x80 Single Dutch Door with Sidelight and Shelf in 5 Foot Wide Entryway. Plastpro DRM41 Fiberglass. Mahogany Grain Painted Attar Of Rose Red. Clear Glass Sidelight. Installed in Lake Forest, CA.
60″x 80″ entryway configured with 42"x80" Plastpro DRM41 Fiberglass Dutch door and one sidelight (with 5 Lite SDL Clear glass). Mahogany grain, factory painted Attar of Rose. Copper Creek Heritage hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Lake Forest, CA.
36″ x 80″ Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Dutch door. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
36″ x 80″ Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Dutch entry door. Smooth skin, factory painted custom colors. Interior and exterior grids over clear glass. Emtek Baden hardware in Satin Nickel. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.
Cottage 36″ x 80″ Plastpro DRS2G Fiberglass Dutch exterior door with shelf. Installed in Lake Forest, CA.
Cottage 36″ x 80″ Plastpro DRS2G Fiberglass Dutch exterior door with shelf. 2 panel plank, Smooth skin, factory painted Blue. Copper Creek Colonial hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Lake Forest, CA.
Rustic 72"x80" Plastpro DRA2A Fiberglass Double Half Door. Installed in Alta Loma, CA.
Rustic 72"x80" Plastpro DRA2A Fiberglass Double Half Doors. Rustic grain, factory painted Black Bean. Priscilla glass with wrought iron. Emtek Nashville hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze. Installed in Alta Loma, CA.
Traditional Style Single Dutch Door 36x96 (36 Inch Wide and 8 Foot Tall) with 4 Lite SDL Clear Glass. Plastpro Fiberglass DRS60 Smooth surface factory painted Custom Gray. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Classic Style 8 foot Fiberglass split door. 36"x96" Plastpro DRS60. Smooth skin, factory painted custom color. 4 lite SDL Clear Glass. Copper Creek Fashion hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
60″x80″ Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Double Dutch doors. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
60″x80″ Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Double Dutch doors. Smooth skin, factory painted White. Solstice glass with Patina caming. Copper Creek Heritage hardware in Satin Stainless. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
8 Foot Tall Single Wrought Iron Dutch Door. 42 Inch Wide Jeld Wen A1260 Fiberglass. Mahogany Skin Stained Caramel. Frosted Glass with Wrought Iron Mediterranean Grille. Installed in San Clemente, CA.
Rustic 42"x96" Dutch Door. Jeld-Wen A1260 Fiberglass. Mahogany grain factory stained Caramel. Frosted glass and wrought iron Mediterranean Grille. Installed in San Clemente, CA.
Classic Style 9-Lite SDL Double Dutch Entry Doors (2-36"x80") with Shelves. Two 5-Lite SDL sidelights 14" wide. Plastpro DRS2G Fiberglass. Smooth skin Factory painted DE6328 Anchor Gray exterior and DEW341 Swiss Coffee interior. White Lami glass. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Classic Style 9-Lite SDL Double Dutch Entry Doors (2-36"x80") with Shelves. Two 5-Lite SDL sidelights 14" wide. Plastpro DRS2G Fiberglass. Smooth skin Factory painted DE6328 Anchor Gray exterior and DEW341 Swiss Coffee interior. White Lami glass. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Mahogany Grain 42"X80" Traditional Dutch Entry Door. 9-Lite SDL Frosted Glass. Jeld-Wen A5944. Split Finish, Factory Painted Custom Blue Exterior, Eggshell Interior. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Mahogany Grain 42"X80" Traditional Dutch Entry Door. 9-Lite SDL Frosted Glass. Jeld-Wen A5944. Split Finish, Factory Painted Custom Blue Exterior, Eggshell Interior. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Jeld-Wen A5944 Single 32"X80" Dutch With Two 12" Inch Sidelites. 9-Lite SDL Door, 5-Lite SDL Sidelights Low-E Glass. Mahogany Grain Skin Factory Painted Swiss Coffee. Kwikset Kevo Electronic Deadbolt And Dakota Handleset in Venetion Bronze. Installed in Coto De Caza, CA.
Jeld-Wen A5944 Single 32"X80" Dutch With Two 12" Inch Sidelites. 9-Lite SDL Door, 5-Lite SDL Sidelights Low-E Glass. Mahogany Grain Skin Factory Painted Swiss Coffee. Kwikset Kevo Electronic Deadbolt And Dakota Handleset in Venetion Bronze. Installed in Coto De Caza, CA.
32"x80" Plastpro DRS00 Fiberglass Dutch door. Installed in North Tustin, CA.
32"x80" Plastpro DRS00 Fiberglass Dutch entry door. Smooth skin, factory painted Whisper. Clear glass inserts in top and bottom leaves. Emtek Baden hardware in Polished Nickel. ClearView retractable screen in White. Installed in Tustin, CA.
Traditional Style Fiberglass Double Dutch doors with beach view. 2 x 34"x80" smooth skin. Clear 9 lite SDL glass interior painted white. Emtek Saratoga Polished Brass hardware. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Traditional Style Fiberglass Double Dutch doors with beach view. 2 x 34"x80" smooth skin. Clear 9 lite SDL glass interior painted white. Emtek Saratoga Polished Brass hardware. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Fiberglass Dutch Doors are a very popular entry door style in here Orange County and throughout sunny, breezy Southern California. Used for front or back home entryways they are an attractive yet practical way to monitor kids, pets and neighborhood activity, while maintaining security and privacy.

History of Double Hung Doors

Exterior Half doors first appeared in the U.S. back in 17th century. Introduced by the Dutch settlers in New York and New Jersey, they quickly became popular among the early colonists.

Classic 34'x80" Plastpro DRS40 Fiberglass Double Dutch Entry Doors. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
Classic 34'x80" Plastpro DRS40 Fiberglass Double Dutch Entry Doors. 9 lite clear dual pane glass. Exterior painted black. Copper Creek hardware. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.

Early America was a rural, farm based community –and barbed wire was not yet invented. This meant farm animals freely roamed around and made an occasional uninvited visit into the home. With Exterior half doors, people were able to safely keep little children indoors and the livestock and other curious critters outside, where they belong.

Another reason for its tremendous popularity was that – prior to the invention of the screen door by Hanna Hagar – there was no practical way of having adequate fresh air and sunlight coming into the kitchen without opening the door. The split door made it possible not only to bring in some fresh air and sunlight – but also act as a barrier against dust and dry leaves from blowing in.

36" inch Single Dutch Door with vanishing screen. Plastpro model DRS2D smooth surface painted white. Installed in Anaheim Hills, CA home.
36" inch Single Dutch Door with vanishing screen. Plastpro model DRS2D smooth surface painted white. Installed in Anaheim Hills, CA home.

6 Interesting Benefits of Dutch Doors

Today, Dutch Doors remain a popular choice for front or back home entryways–an attractive yet practical solution with many advantages;

  1. Monitor your kids, pets and neighborhood activity, while maintaining security and privacy.
  2. Act as an effective baby-gate in your nursery, or in older kids room/ play room, so Mom and Dad can quietly check on little ones without disturbing their play or sleep-it’s can even be installed in the parents’ bedroom.
  3. Improve indoor air quality by installing an exterior Split Door in your kitchen or pantry and let in the fresh breeze from outside.
  4. Install a Dutch Door in the laundry room, so air can easily flow in and out for better drying. It’s also ideal for a back, mud/ storage room, tool shed or side garage door.
  5. Be friendly yet safe from strangers, by opening only the top part of your Dutch Door.
  6. Use it in an office area where the door shelf/ counter top can act as a reception desk – customers can interact, but not walk-in.

Popular Dutch Door Colors and Styles in OC

  • The most popular color is Black.
  • In many Orange County Oceanfront neighborhoods White and Blue are also popular
  • The third most popular color is Red.

Some opt for split finishes – where you can have one color on the exterior and another color on the interior surface of the door. You are not limited to paint – if you prefer a particular wooden species, you can stain your door to accentuate the richness of the wooden skin.

Learn how to choose an Entry Door Color; be it one that complements the style of your home, brings in positive Feng shui energy or one that expresses your personality.

Single Black Dutch Door with Sidelights. Single 36" inch Dutch Black Entry Door with 2 sidelights and screen for 6 foot opening. Plastpro model DR-41 Mahogany Grain, painted Black. Door and sidelights clear glass with low-e. Emtek Hamden hardware. Installed in Santa Ana, CA home.
Single Black Dutch Door with Sidelights. Single 36" inch Dutch Black Entry Door with 2 sidelights and screen for 6 foot opening. Plastpro model DR-41 Mahogany Grain, painted Black. Door and sidelights clear glass with low-e. Emtek Hamden hardware. Installed in Santa Ana, CA home.

Classic/ Traditional style doors are most in-demand, followed by Rustic, Craftsman/ Cottage, and Modern styled doors.  You can have Half doors with glass inserts. This can be a half-light that covers the top leaf or even a nine-lite with 9 glass panels.

Craftsman Single 36"x80" Fiberglass Dutch Door with 2 Sidelights. Plastpro DRF3CG000 Front Entry. Fir Grain Painted Swiss Coffee. 6 Lite Clear Glass Inserts. Installed in Mission Viejo, CA.
Craftsman 36"x80" Plastpro DRF3CG000 Fiberglass Dutch entry door with 2 sidelights. Fir grain, factory painted Swiss Coffee. 6 lite clear glass. Copper Creek Colonial Fashion hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Mission Viejo, CA.

Half Door Sizes and Configurations

Most doors come in the standard size of 36 inches.  However, even odd-sized entrances that are 42 inches wide (or wider) and 8-foot tall entrances can be ‘Split’. This is an image of a large Dutch Door that is 42 inches wide and 8 foot tall.

Traditional Style, Single Dutch Front Entry Door with Shelf. Size 42x96 (42 Inch Wide and 8 Foot Tall). 2 Sidelights. Fiberglass Plastpro Drm6080. Mahogany Stained Antique Oak, Costa Mesa, CA.
Traditional style single fiberglass 42″x 96″ entry door with two 14″ sidelights. Plastpro DRM60, 8 foot tall Dutch door with shelf. Mahogany grain, factory stained Antique Oak. Copper Creek Heritage hardware in Satin Stainless. Installed in Costa Mesa, CA.

An expert installer can upgrade almost any entryway into a Dutch Door system.

Double Dutch Doors

If your entryway is 5 foot wide – you can install two 30 inch Double Dutch Doors. Measured in inches, they are called 2 x 30″x80″. Measured in feet, they are known as 5′-0″ x 6′-8″ doors.

Another 5 foot wide entry configuration is to have a Single Door with two sidelights. Sidelights can be passive or active (operable) so they can be opened and even converted to act as another smaller door.

5 Foot Wide Fiberglass Double Dutch Doors (2x30"x80"). Plastpro DRS60 . Smooth Skin Painted Blue. 2 light Clear glass. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
60"x80" Plastpro DRS60 Fiberglass Double Dutch doors (2x30"x80"). Smooth skin, factory painted Blue. 2 light Clear glass. Copper Creek Colonial hardware in Tuscan Bronze. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.

An interesting option is to have only one of your double doors ‘Dutched’ – the other door can be made inactive.

64"x80" (double 32") Plastpro DRG60 Fiberglass Black Double entry door, active door Dutched. Plastpro DRM60. Oak Skin. Top Lite Clear Glass Inserts. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.
Black Double Doors with only active door ‘Dutched’. 64"x80" (double 32") Plastpro DRM60 Fiberglass. Oak grain. Clear glass top lite. Emtek Franklin hardware in Satin Nickel. Installed in Huntington Beach, CA.

Options - Shelf, Screen, Pet Door, Mail Slot

A popular addition is installing a retractable screen (hide-a screen).  This gives you the added benefit of keeping out insects and no-see-ums, whilst keeping the top part of your door open. You’ll need to have an additional shelf to support the screen.

If you have a pet, you can install a doggie door to the bottom part of the Door. We have also installed split doors with mail slots.

Odd Sized (50-Inch Wide) Entrance Configured with 36x80 Door and 12"X80" Sidelight. Plastpro DRG60 Fiberglass Dutch Door with Shelf. Oak Grain, Stained Brown Mahogany. Top And Side Light Artesano Glass With Patina Caming. Clearview Retractable Screen Painted Brown. Installed In Mission Viejo, CA.
Odd sized (50″x 80″) entry way configured with standard 36"x80" Plastpro DRG60 Fiberglass Dutch Door with screen and Sidelight (12"x80"). Oak grain, factory stained brown Mahogany. Top and side Light Artesano glass with Patina caming. Emtek Hamden hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze. ClearView retractable screen (vanishing screen) in Brown. Installed in Mission Viejo, CA.

Exterior Dutch Doors in Fiberglass

Fiberglass entry doors from Today’s Entry Doors can beautify your Orange County home for many years–without the maintenance worries of wood. You can find Dutch doors in Delightful, Durable fiberglass, which provide:

  • The same richness, texture and beauty as wood
  • Adorn your home for years without fading, splitting or cracking
  • Energy-insulate your entryway five times more efficiently than wood

Take a moment now to preview some of the exterior doors we’ve installed right here in Orange County, including a distinctive array of entry door hardware and doors with sidelights.

Ever seen a Dutch door in a magazine or movie and thought “That’s cool! I want one of those!”? If so, you’re not alone. Contact Today’s Entry Doors to transform your entryway with a distinctive look and style.

Where can I buy Split Doors?

Today’s Entry Doors, we sell with installation Doors from three world-class manufacturers, Jeld-Wen, Therma-Tru, and Plastpro.

Jeld-Wen manufactures premium quality doors, with a wide choice. If you are looking for moderate to high-end doors, we recommend Therma-Tru and Plastpro as a ‘value for money’ option.

If you live in Orange County, CA or any of the surrounding cities we serve, we’ll come right up to your home.

Get a free in-home estimate today.

Important Considerations

Door Swing

Most residential doors come as ‘in-swing’, where the door swings into the house.  We recommend in-swing doors as they are relatively safe from strong winds and easier to install.

It is possible to install out-swing doors; however, they can be hazardous, especially due to Southern California’s Santa Ana winds. Out swing doors may fly-out of your hands during a strong gust and could pose a threat. A door closer or chain with a ring can be installed to stop the door from banging. However, they usually do not add to the aesthetics of your door. In our experience, out swing Dutch Doors are an oddity in SoCal. We have installed a few out swing doors – with the caveat of the homeowner taking into consideration strong wind and personal safety.

You will also need to consider the walkway so that the swing does not hinder free movement.

96" tall (8 Feet High) 36"x96" Plastpro DRS4180 Fiberglass Dutch Side Door with Doggy Door. Top leaf with half Lite Clear Glass. Flush bottom leaf to accommodate Pet Door. Smooth Surface Painted White. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.
96" Out-swing Dutch door with Doggy Door. Plastpro DRS4180 Fiberglass Smooth skin, factory painted White. Clear glass. Installed in Newport Beach, CA.

Hardware – Latch and Deadbolt

The lockset comes in two parts; the latch (handle with thumb lever or knob) for the bottom leaf and the deadbolt for the top leaf. In a standard sectional lockset, the latch holds and locks the door and typically does not require a key. The key is required for the deadbolt which provides added security. As the two leaves act as independent doors, we recommend both the latch and deadbolt are secured with separate keys.

Placement of Latch

Almost any custom styled Split door can be crafted with wood. However, with fiberglass, only pre-existing doors that have a flat spot in the middle (intermediate rail) can be ‘split’. Because of this, the handle latch with thumb lever of the bottom leaf in a fiberglass Half Door is placed 3” to 4” lower than a standard size door. The standard placement of the door handle/ thumb lever is 36” off the floor. In a Fiberglass Dutch Door, it can be 32” to 33” off the floor.

Slide Bolt (Dutch Bolt) and Hinges

The Slide Bolt (also known as Dutch Door Bolt) locks the top and bottom leaves together so they act as a single door. The slight looseness in the Slide Bolt may cause the two leaves to rattle. There needs to be additional weatherstripping installed on rabbeted edge of top leaf to eliminate the slide bolt rattle.

Half Doors require 4 hinges, 2 for each leaf. Standard doors typically have 3 hinges.

Dutch Door Hardware. Deadbolt and latch with key. Dutch Door Slide Bolt, Rabbet cut with weatherstripping and Dutch door shelf.
Dutch Door Hardware. Deadbolt and latch with key. Dutch Door Slide Bolt, Rabbet cut with weatherstripping and Dutch door shelf.

 

Security and Energy Efficiency

The security of a Dutch Door depends on the type of ‘cut’ that splits the leaves. Energy Efficiency depends on the weather seal around the door system and between the two leaves.

A door can be split in a couple of ways. The most common technique is the straight cut. The other is the rabbet cut method.

Many DIY experts recommend the Straight Cut method. It is a flat, horizontal cut and extremely easy to do. Simply take a full-sized door and cut it horizontally, and Viola! You have a Dutch Door. Although uncomplicated, this is a poor and insecure way to split your Door. We do not recommend it.

The other method is the Rabbet Cut with no Weatherstripping. The horizontal cuts in both leaves are of inverse ‘L’ shapes. The Rabbets create a secure fit between both leaves. Many professional installers follow this method. Although very secure, it’s not energy efficient.

We prefer to go a step further and recommend the Rabbet Cut with Weatherstripping.  This is the same as the Rabbet Cut, but with built in weatherstripping. A thin strip of weatherstripping (Q-Lon strip) is inserted along the cut of the bottom leaf. This method is not only more secure but also weather proof. The Q-Lon along with the rest of the weatherstripping system around the frame and threshold not only acts as a weather shield but is also extremely energy efficient.

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36x80 Single Black Dutch Entry Door with Shelf and 2 Sidelights. White Clearview Retractable Screen. Plastpro DRM41 Fiberglass. Mahogany skin, Painted Black. Half Lite Clear Glass. Installed in Santa Ana, Orange County, CA.
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