A front door that rotates on a pivot box rather than on traditional side hinges is a chic and fresh modern idea, which is widely used today. Pivoting doors exude a cool contemporary vibe, but whether they are right for your homes is another question.
Used mostly on high-end and custom homes, pivoting doors are benefiting from two converging trends in home building: houses with a greater indoor/outdoor connection and increasingly larger doors to facilitate that kind of lifestyle.
The doors offer many benefits. In addition to a seamless, streamlined look, they offer smooth operation. The door panels can be built much wider with overall square footage greater than a side-hinged door.
One issue that comes with some pivoting doors is warping. Pivot doors swing on a point, top and bottom, that provides no restraint to warp movement in the door. Most doors remain stable in any event but as timber is a natural product it can assume any shape when unrestrained that can pull the fabric of a door into a warp.
One of the biggest drawbacks to using a pivot door is cost—they’re up to 30 percent more than a single door and sidelight combination and twice as expensive as a standard-width single door, by some estimates.
If your budget and style allows such doors – just go for them, they look stunning and very fresh, it’s a great decor feature and a way to connect to outdoors.