What Are The Importance of Door Frames?

A door is nothing but a entrance without a frame. What is a frame though? What is its purpose?

A frame is often overlooked or never acknowledged for the role it plays in holding a door in place. There are few roles of the door frame, namely; Levelling and Support, Hinging and Closing as well as locking and protection.

Also a note to remember, if you wanted to replace the doorway jamb for example, then you should rather just purchase a whole new door frame. In addition to the doorway jamb, there are still a few other important components of a door one needs to take into consideration. You have the “Head” which is the horizontal piece that is located above the entrance. It has two grooves in it which the door jamb fits into. The “Sill” which is also a horizontal piece but this one sits below the door. This piece gives the door frame rigidity and helps move any water that runs toward the entrance. The “Door Stop” are tiny strips of wood that is mounted along the length of the jambs and head. Its sole purpose is to prevent the door from being ripped off its hinges. “Weatherstripping” helps to create an airtight seal on exterior doors. It is mounted against the jamb and door. Lastly “Jamb Casting” is when you have any decorative trimmings mounted to the wall around the frame. This trimming is completely separate from the frame structure and can be removed without comprising the doors structure or workings.

Once a entrance is hung into place it is solely relying on the frame. Thus, the frame needs to be of the right quality and needs to be installed with such precision so that you may not have a door that is uneven and unable to close properly. The hinges act as the key that allows the door to swing freely open and closed.

Depending on your setting, for example an office or your home there are various different types of door frames that you could opt for along with numerous advantages and disadvantages. We will go through some of them briefly.

Hollow metal doors and frames are popular in a government, police and factory settings. They offer extremely strong protection. They do a better job of absorbing impact which decreases the chances of breaking or denting. Their durability is second to none which allows them to last for many years without sustaining too much damage. Due to their makeup they can be easily customized to suite any needs or requirements. On top of that, they are lightweight and can be opened and closed fairly easily. With a hollow metal door and frame you are buying a good investment which might cost a bit more initially but you will be saving money in the long run.

In closing, while it is very well possible to just hang new doorways in the previous frames, sometimes it’s better to rather replace the frame with the door. Get to a door manufacturer near you, to get help on making your frame dreams come true.

Jad Doors is a family run business that was established in 1995. We are manufacturers of standard & custom made wooden doors, windows, skirtings & mouldings, garage doors. We are also stockists of superior quality hardware products. Contact us: Email sales@jaddoors.co.za or Tel 011 857 2131.
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