Butted Door Casing Saves You From Dealing with Mitered Cuts

If you’re installing door casing (or door trim or door molding, whatever you like to call it), you probably think you’ll have to pull out the old miter saw and start making those angled cuts.

Admittedly, mitered casings are not too hard. For goodness sake, it’s just a 45 degree angle cut.

But for some reason, those mitered casings sometime go wrong. Something is out of square—the door framing, your brain, or something—and those two angles just don’t come together.

Butted door casings save you from all that. The horizontal and the vertical door casings meet at a 90 degree angle. Except, of course, there is a blank space where they are supposed to meet. Hard to describe, so look at the image above. So in that blank space you drop a corner block, or rosette. Rarely do you have any gaps with this butted door casings plus rosette design. Terminology: this isn’t really a true butted door casing—that’s another thing we cover—but it’s just what I call it.
Casing with Rosette

But, yes, like anything, there are some drawbacks with the butted door casings plus rosette design:

  • Those rosettes can be expensive.
  • This style tends to be more classic and traditional. If you have a contemporary style house, this may not work.

Install a Storm Door Even in Fair Climates

Storm doors tend to be found only in places that have severely cold climates. But the real question should be: why aren’t storm doors installed everywhere? And why do we persist in calling them “storm doors” anyway?

Storm Door is Not a Storm Window

One problem seems to be that houses often have storm windows, and these storm windows are temporary things that go up in the Fall and come down in the Spring. Storm windows are designed to provide windows with extra protection during harsh weather.
Storm Door
But storm doors do not come off. They stay in place, year-round. They are a completely different animal than storm windows.

Why a Storm Door Should Be Everywhere

Exterior access doors are expensive and very hard to install. Despite your climate, exterior doors always get a beating. If it’s not snow, then it’s sun. If it’s not sleet, then it’s tropical rains.

The main argument for installing a storm door is that it greatly extends the life of your exterior access door. I estimate that a storm door will triple the life of your exterior door.