If you are in the market for a new entry door then, be aware, when you go to the store, it may seem as if the employees are speaking a different language. That is because there are many different terms that you need to be aware of when shopping for replacement doors.
When it comes to the makeup of your exterior doors, there are no less than 15 different terms that you need to know in order to ensure that your door installation is done correctly. They are:
- Frame— the outer structure that supports the door. It is usually made of wood.
- Jamb — Vertical side and head trim. It enhances the aesthetics of the frame assembly.
- Casing — interior trim molding around the door opening. It covers the gap between the frame or jamb and the wall.
- Stiles— the continuous vertical supports in the door.
- Rails— the continuous horizontal supports in the door. The one in the middle is known as the lock rail.
- Panels— the sections of the door that are held in place by the stiles and rails. Can be replaced with glass inserts.
- Sill— the bottom portion of the frame against which the bottom of the door rests when it is closed. Usually designed to help prevent loss of heat.
- Bottom Sweep— the adjustable barrier attached to the bottom of the door in order to create an effective barrier against air leakage and drafts.
- Weatherstripping— a flexible gasket that is designed to ensure a tight seal between the door and the frame when it is closed.
- Brick Mould— attached to the frame on the outside in order to create a finished overlap on the brick or side that covers the outer portion of your home.
- Foam core— the insulating agent that is injected into the core of doors made of either steel or fiberglass.
- Side lites– windows or glass that can be placed on one or both sides of the door. They cannot be opened.
- Transom – glass window that cannot be opened and is placed above the door.
- Drip Cap – piece of horizontal molding that is placed above the door in order to divert water away from the door frame.
- Hinge — metal plate mounted on the door frame. It anchors the door to the frame and allows the door to open and close.
In addition to these terms, you also need to decide what material to have your door made out of, wood, steel, or fiberglass, and which side you would like it to open on, the right or the left. In addition, you also need to decide what type of swing you would like to have included, in or out. Therefore, it is best to do your research beforehand and then enter the store knowledgeable, confident, and ready to buy the door your house deserves. After all, it is the focal point and the first thing people see when they come over.