Why to Consider Custom Doors for Seattle and Tacoma Homes

Published on: November 15, 2023

Custom doors can be a great option for homeowners when choosing a door for their home. They have many benefits in terms of quality, efficiency, longevity, variety and cost.

Choosing the right door for your home is an essential part of home ownership, whether you are trying to make a statement, blend in with the crowd, or simply make sure your home is sturdy and secure. When you choose a custom door over a pre-made standard door, you have unlimited options in terms of material, size, color, shape and cost. 

Why Not a Standard Door?

Although standard doors are a popular choice among many homeowners, they come with some definite drawbacks. It can be confusing for a homeowner to wade through all the information and then make an informed decision. To aid this process, we came up with a list comparing and contrasting standard and custom doors to help you decide what is best for you and your home. 

Here are the top 5 reasons to choose a custom door rather than a standard pre-made one can be a better choice for you and your home.


Custom doors are generally higher quality because they are built and engineered by craftsmen who are highly skilled, intentional, and attentive to details. These craftsmen will have you and your house specifically in mind during the building process. This ensures that the materials you and your craftsman choose are a perfect fit for your home. 

Standard doors are generally of a lower quality than their custom counterparts. They are not being built for a specific customer in a specific home. They are mostly mass-produced and not carefully and individually crafted. 

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Choosing a custom door ensures that this particular door fits the needs of this particular house and its occupant’s lifestyle. The craftsman can take the weather, temperature, and other aspects of the climate into account during the build to ensure that the door has the necessary features to function to its highest capacity in the climate where you live. 

The choice of a standard door is usually a less efficient choice. Your standard door will likely be made with lower-quality materials, leaving you with a door that offers less insulation. 


Due to all the previously stated intentionality and skill of the craftsman, your custom door will be highly durable and long-lasting. It will hold up beautifully against the elements of its climate due to its well-chosen materials and won’t be as likely to fall apart with years of normal wear and tear. 

A standard door, due to its mass-produced build and its general materials, is not going to last you as long. There will be a greater likelihood of maintenance and even replacement in the future. 


One of the most popular and admittedly most fun parts of choosing a custom door is variety. There is no end to the choices you’ll have access to in terms of size, style, shape, color and material. You can truly make this door a reflection of you and your neighborhood, your street, your home, and your lifestyle. 

Standard doors have fewer options to choose from. You won’t have the opportunity to choose the exact material you want paired with the exact hardware you want in the exact size and shape you want built by a craftsman of your choice. 


Admittedly, this is the one area where standard doors may have the upper hand over custom doors. Due to their mass-produced nature and cheaper materials, they are generally cheaper. However, that price tag comes with a cost. Lower cost will mean lower quality. 

But even though custom doors might be more expensive, there is still a great variety in price from door to door. The ability to choose all materials and hardware of your custom door allows you to completely control the cost. Whether you’re looking for an expensive door that makes a statement or a simple, cost-effective door, your choice of a custom door will allow you to have exactly what you want in a manner that fits your budget. 

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Custom Door Benefits

Learn more about some of the benefits you and your home can experience when you outfit it with a custom door.


There are a variety of material options to choose from for your custom door. Here is a list of the three of the most common choices. 


Some of the most common types of wood doors are:

  • Pine 
  • Fir 
  • Oak 
  • Mahogany 
  • Maple

Wood is a very naturally beautiful option that can add so much charm to your home. Unfortunately, wood doors will need a lot of maintenance to prevent sagging, warping or peeling. They will require sanding, painting and staining to maintain their beautiful look, which will cost you more money in the long run. 


Steel doors are known for their security properties. They are dent, rust and fire-resistant. Also they last a very long time, are nearly impenetrable and reduce noise for household occupants. They are not size flexible due to the fact that you cannot cut them down to fit your opening, but they are easily painted and repainted according to style preferences or as your home’s exterior changes.  


Fiberglass doors are probably the most popular option. With a fiberglass door, clients can enjoy the look of wood without the high price tag and adverse effects. Your fiberglass door will withstand the elements without peeling, warping or sagging. This means your fiberglass door will need little to no maintenance, saving you money in the long run. 


When you choose a custom door you aren’t limited by size. You’re no longer limited to the standard height, width and depth of the door jam that exist in standard-size doors. You can avoid the process of having to cut your standard door down to your opening or build out the opening to fit the door. 


Custom doors come in any color and style you want. Whether you want a bold statement door that stands out or a neutral-colored simple door that blends in, a custom door is the choice for you. 


With a custom door you aren’t limited to a standard rectangle shape. You can truly let your style shine with any door shape and style, such as a single door or a double door. 


A custom door can help you truly get the door that will meet your style and design preferences while meeting your price constraints. You have the option for a simple design and installation plus inexpensive materials and hardware to give you the perfect budget-friendly door for you. Or, you can go extravagant with your material, hardware and design choices for a perfect addition to your home. 

If you’re ready to get started choosing a custom door for your home, give 2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing a call at 253-499-7786 or contact us online. Our team will help you choose all the materials, size, color and shape to build the perfect door for you and your home.

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