Door fashions change with the decades

A look at the various styles still available in stores

Doors can carry all kind of mystical symbolic meanings, but sometimes a door is just a door. This is one of those times. Below is a simple rundown of the basic types of residential doors and their uses. First, some general information. A standard residential door is 6 feet 8 inches high. Most exterior doors are 1 3/4 inches thick, while most interior doors are 1 3/8 inches thick. Standard door widths range from 24 to 36 inches in 2-inch increments. A door that's completely flat, with no panels or molding, is called a flush door, while a door with recessed areas is called a panel door. The direction in which a door opens is called its "hand." The door itself is called the leaf; the wooden frame it fits inside is called the jamb; the trim surrounding the jamb is called the casing. A door with glass in it is called a glazed door. Swinging doors are the most familiar type. Exterior versions come in an almost limitless number of designs, both glazed and unglazed. Interior swingi...