Adding Trim Work To Exterior Door

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Posted by: from Edmonton
11/5/2011 at 10:17:56 AM

I would like an ornate, Victorian style entry door, but don't like the commercial ones (too plain) and am not sure of solid wood due to possible expansion due to our cold winters and dry summers. As an alternative, I'm thinking of applying trimwork to a plain steel door to fancy it up. Has anyone ever done this or have any opinions on why this might be worthwhile or a bad idea? If anyone thinks it can be done, I will then be interested in finding someone to help design the trimwork and any information on this would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Date/Time11/6/2011 at 1:55:30 PM

Hi Connie, you sound like a creative person with a lot of ideas! Adding trim to any door is possible - it can be glued, nailed, or even 2 sided tape. A metal door is like a car and there are many trim details just held on by tape!

I Googled images of "victorian style entry doors" and it appears that most of the doors have fairly ornate windows as well as sidelights and hardware details. A lot of pre made trim is available to apply to the door so you may not have to do the designing, just specify the locations and combinations. It is relatively easy to create a raised panel look with trims.

You should post your requirements in the projects section and I am sure you will get many local, qualified people to work with.

It sounds like a fun and rewarding project!

Good Luck,

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Connie in Edmonton
Date/Time11/12/2011 at 10:52:23 AM

Thanks for your advice, Jim. Appreciate it!

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