It is an entrance just as much as an
exit. It can block off or be an access to any given space. The first
line of protection for our homes and an entrance where we welcome
family and friends. When you approach a house, the first thing you
will come across before being able to enter is the main door. It is
the line that separates the private space from the shared space.
There are many doors within the house and they all serve a different
purpose. Choosing the right doors for your home is critical to meet
all your needs and to define your style. There are so many varieties
that there is surely something for every personality. After all,
nothing says welcome like the front door.
1. Types of doors
A house is required to have at least
one egress door. This door must be accessible from all areas of the house. It is common to use
the front doors as the egress door. Occupants must be able to
easily exit and step out of the house with the least obstruction or
detours such as garages. Elderly and handicapped especially with
contraptions that help them with mobility must be taken into
consideration. Under the Philippine building code BP 344 in regards
to the minimum requirements for accessibility, the recommended size
of an egress doorway opening should not be less than a width of 900mm
and a height of 2100mm. It is advisable to choose a strong and sturdy
main door to be able to withstand many weatherings to come.
Inside doors are relatively more lightweight compared to
exterior doors because it is more frequently used as it is in the
house. Standard door sizes range from 600mm
for toilet doors and 700mm-800mm for bedrooms. Most
rooms within a residence require doors for bedrooms, bathrooms or
sometimes kitchens. They can all have a different set of needs. Like
moisture resistant doors for bathrooms, double swing doors for
kitchens and soundproofing doors for bedrooms. A solid core door is
recommended for rooms that have a lot of traffic because they are
more durable. It is also good for rooms that need blocking of sound.
You can improve your sound proofing with padding or sound deadening
2. Popular doors
Traditional doors features two to as
much a s twelve raised panels. Mostly made with wood, but could be
done with other materials such as metal or fiberglass. Plain, frosted
etched or colored glass inserts are sometimes incorporated in the
Craftsman doors are rooted from the
arts and craft era. These doors are commonly produced with hardwood
and typically have glass panes in the upper portion of the door. This
can be a single pane or several smaller pieces grouped together.
More modern doors will feature a strong straight forward approach in design. You can be
creative with shape, size and color usually enhancing impact. They
may have straight sleek lines, equally repeating or have a
minimalistic in approach.
Arched doors can be made with different
materials. Strong in character and style, they are distinct because
of their shape. Hence, there are more installation and fabrication
details to pay attention to because of the custom shape the door and
jambs will need to accommodate.
Rustic Doors often have the
characteristic of a rural yet cozy look and feel. Mountain or country
style key elements are heavy and large doors with hardware in iron
that standout as part of its charm. Using wood that appear aged. They
may clean up or repurpose used, salvaged or reclaimed wood that adds
authenticity to its weathered look. Keeping it natural by staining to
show its grains rather than painting it. It is paired well with stone
3. Doorknobs and Hardware
The remote control system automatically
changes the code every after entry. Similar to the remote control key
of a car, door access is as simple as pressing a button. Other models
like the touch pad offer entrance with your fingerprint or aided with
a smartphone. Keypad lockset allows access by a numerical code you
can set yourself punched onto a number keypad.
Keyed door knobs are more traditional
in method and design. This operates a latch that disengages with the
turn of a knob and unlocks with a key. A door lever is a similar
mechanism with a simple action of pushing down a lever that
disengages the latch. Handle sets are grabbed by the four fingers and
uses the thumb to operate the latch. Will commonly have a matching
deadbolt. Knobs paired with knobs or levers on the inside. It is a
bold decorative touch.
Door hardware are available in a
variety of finishes to compliment your door. Polished brass for a
gilded effect. Antique brass, oil rubbed bronze and antique pewter
work well with antique appearances. And many modern styles use satin
nickel, satin chrome or polished chrome.
4. What can I do to add security to
Here are some options for additional
locking and security.
A spring latch is a lightweight spring
loaded bolt which is an easy additional lock that is simply mounted
to the surface. Double cylinder deadbolts require a key to lock and
unlock from both sides unlike the mechanism of a single cylinder that
uses a thumb turn style lever to open from the inside. Night latches
are mounted onto the surface of the door. It is an option that works
like a deadbolt without having to mortice it to the door. Viewers and
peepholes can provide a wide view of the outside through a set of
lenses without the need of opening the door.