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A Down and Dirty Guide to Archways

“All archways are not created equal.”

Archways add interest to an otherwise boring entryway – but you knew that already. So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and discuss some things you may not know about archways . We’ll start with the most important thing you’ll need to know if you plan to install arches: All archways are not created equal.

So, without further ado, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to some of the basics.


Style – When you meet with your client to discuss style, you’ll want to get a feel for how pronounced they want their archways. If they’re just looking for a subtle curve, you’ll install a soft arch. For a very pronounced arch, often found in tight spaces, you’ll install a half-circle. This style is often used in Tuscan architecture. If the customer wants more artistic archways, you might consider an elliptical arch. It’s sort of a combination of soft and half-circle. At its top, the curve is subtle like the soft arch, but it tightens up at the sides. The elliptical arch is another popular choice in Tuscan architecture.

Size – The size of your archways will obviously depend on the size of the entryways in the home. The dimensions and angle of the curve will change drastically from a small to a large door, but either way, it’s important that your measurements are precise. Small spaces lend themselves well to half-circle arches, while elliptical arches look great in larger entryways. But ultimately, the choice is up to you and your customer. We’ll build to any specs possible.

Construction – And now you have one more choice to make. You can choose the hard way or the easy way. That’s about it. Our custom-made archways are so affordable that price doesn’t factor into the equation. It’s all about how much work you feel like doing. If you’re a glutton for punishment, go ahead and build your archways from scratch. Otherwise, contact us to find out how fast and easy it can be to install one of our archway kits.

You see? Archways really aren’t so scary. You don’t have to cringe, thinking about lost time and extra effort, when a customer requests an arch. You’re a pro. You can talk through the job, make recommendations and install those archways in record time. The finished product will be nothing short of polished and professional. And the customer doesn’t even have to know you didn’t do it from scratch. That’ll be our little secret.

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