The Different Types of Door Mechanisms

To most people, doors now seem nothing more than generic items that have been there since time immemorial. We have become quite accustomed to their presence that we normally do not inspect the details that make up their quaint essence. But doors, just like every other item we come across, have their own mechanisms, and if you wish to maximize their contribution to your day to day living, it is best that you get a grasp of these mechanical workings.

Here are the common door mechanisms every homeowner should know about.

Hinged doors

Doors with hinges are the most popular especially for residential areas. The hinge mechanism allows the door to open in one direction from the doorway. The axis of movement can either be vertical or horizontal: the latter is more common on garage doors, whereas the former is normally seen in exterior doors of houses. The sub-types of hinged doors include:

  • Swing doors. These doors can open either inwards or outwards. They are usually outfitted with a spring mechanism so as to allow them to close automatically.
  • French doors. Just like swing doors, French doors can open both ways. The only difference is that they are double-leaved, and are normally equipped with moulded panel.

Sliding doors

There are two advantages when it comes to using sliding doors. First is in terms of maximizing space. Since sliding doors have a panel that can easily be tucked into the wall, they do not require as much space as hinged doors do. Secondly, these doors are quite aesthetically advanced, and can easily complement a modern home theme or design. Sliding doors can be employed both as an exterior and interior house access.

  • Pocket doors. These can be tucked into either side of the wall.
  • Bypass doors. These sliding doors are equipped with two sections or more. They are supported by an axis affixed to an overhead track parallel to the panels. The panels can slide past or over each other, in one direction, hence homeowners have the choice between limited or full access.

Rotating doors

These doors are normally seen in business establishments. They are seldom employed as a residential door mechanism. But if you wish to use rotating doors for one of your living areas, then you are sure to heighten your abode’s contemporary or high-tech vibe.

  • Butterfly door. These doors resemble a butterfly, hence the name. They have two “wings” or panels, which allow two entry points.

Automatic doors

If you are the type taken by anything modern and technologically advanced, then these doors should suit your fancy. These doors may be accessed through several types of mechanisms including a switch panel, pressure sensor, motion sensor, and infrared curtain, among others. Obviously, these doors will cost you more compared to the more conventional types, but if you have such high regard for style and safety, these are surely your best choice.

Knowing the aforementioned door mechanisms gives you an idea with regards to the options you have. Depending on what kind of home theme or motif you wish to achieve, one of these door types is sure to fit your personal requirements.

Jove Arthurs is an online sales manager at Door Emporium Custom Wood Doors, a family-run business based in Howell, NJ. He also creates wood carving art during his spare time.

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