When you walk into a house, the first thing that you will most probably encounter will be the door. Ringing the doorbell is a sort of rite of passage for you if you are to enter someone’s home. Why do we need doors, and what is the whole hoopla about them anyway? In this article, we will be looking at doors, doors, and more doors. Let’s get started.
What is a door?
A door is basically a panel that guards the entry to a place – be it a building, a home, or even a vehicle. Since they usually act as the first line of defence for a place, they are made of hard material that is not very easily breakable, not fully permeable, and solid material. Doors are usually attached to a frame that is firmly fixed to a supporting structure be it a wall, or a fence, and so on.
Let us now look at the types of doors that are available on the market and what materials are commonly used in the construction of such doors.
1. Wooden Doors
Since time immemorial, wooden doors have been made, and in fact, is the first choice for many when choosing to get a door for their homes. One can very easily get wood from local sources making this type advantageous and abundant, and that it can be easily worked into making a door. There are many countless varieties of wood available on the market, and depending on the quality, the prices of finished wooden doors start from an economical range up to a really costly boutique wooden door. The most common material used in a wooden door is timber, being very easily available at almost every inhabited location on the planet.
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2. Glass doors
In shopping malls, plush offices and other such significant places, glass doors are used in order to provide an unobstructed view of the other side of the door. Doors made of glass are just plain beautiful to look at, and they add a new level of finesse to any place. The downside to glass doors is that they are very heavy, very delicate to handle, and very expensive as well. They require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking their best in the form of washing or cleaning.
3. Flush doors
These types of doors are commonly used as internal doors, because of their nondescript profile, cheap cost, and low weight, making for easier installation and maintenance. They are very durable doors and they look great as well. This type of door is a very smooth door, either made out of plywood strips or from fibreboards, over a frame with hollow space in the middle. This hollow space typically is made to be a honeycomb structure, that gives strength and rigidity to these doors. They are attached to frames typically with the help of hinges giving one direction of mobility to these doors.
Wooden Window and Door Specialist
This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.