Types of Doors

There are various types of doors are used in construction industry.

A door may be defined as an open able barrier or as a framework of wooden, metal, aluminum or combination of those materials secured it a wall opening.

Functions of doorways:

  • It provides entry to the inside of a room of a building.
  • It serves as a connecting hyperlink between the various inner parts of the building.
  • Also, provides lightning and airflow of rooms.
  • To keep up the privatives of rooms.

Different types of doors used in construction:

Paneled doors:

This types of door consists of a frame in which the panels either flat or raised.

These doors consists of styles and rails which are grooved along the inner edges of the frame to receive the panels made from timber, plywood, block board, glass etc.

The vertical members called styles are continuous front, top to bottom rails are joined to styles at both ends; mullions or mutinies, if provided are jointed to the rails between which it is fixed.

The minimum width of stiles should not be less than 10 cm and for top and bottom should not less than 15 cm.

The thickness of the shutter frame is usually 4 to 5 cm, but the actual thickness depends upon several factors, i.e. door size, location of the door, type of work, thickness of panels and size of the moldings.

Battened doors:

When doors ate classified on the basis of the arrangement of components they come under the category of battened doors.

Types of battened doors:

1.Battened and lodged doors:

This is the simplest form of door commonly used for narrow openings.

This door consists of vertical boards known as battens often tongued, grooved and mounted together by horizontal helps known as ledges.

There are three ledges fixed near the top, bottom and in the middle of shutter.

2.Battened ledged and braced doors:

This is an improved form of a battened and ledged door, to increase the rigidity of the door, additional inclined members called braces are provided.

This type of door can be used for wider opening in a situation where appearance is not important.

3.Battened ledged and framed doors:

This type of door, the framework is provided to simple battened and ledged door, to have better strength and appearance.

This door consists of two vertical styles, they are generally 10 cm wide and 4 cm thick.

4.Battened ledged, braced and framed doors:

This doors are modification door over battened ledged and framed door.

In order, to increase strength, durability and appearance additional braces are provided diagonally between ledges.

This type of door is suitable for external use as well as for rough handling.

Flush doors:

The doors are made from plywood and block board, it has good characteristics like pleasing appearance, simplicity of construction, high strength, durable and economical,

These doors are commonly used for residential as well as public buildings.

Flush door consists of:

A skeleton or a hollow framework of rails and stiles, the door is covered on both the sides with laminated board or plywood.

The thickness of flush doors varies from 25 mm to 40 mm depending upon the type of flush door.

Types of the flush doors:

  1. Solid core flush doors.
  2. Hollow and cellular core flush door or framed plush door.
  3. Cellular core flush door.

Collapsible doors:

Collapsible doors are typically used in situations where the width of the opening is large and availability of hinged shutter becomes difficult for space.

These doors are extensively used for the main entrance of residential buildings, shops, garage, public buildings, go downs, etc.

These doors are also used for increased safety and protection of property.

They are fabricated from rolled steel channels provided with rollers at the bottom, to roll on rails when they open or close.

The door consists of vertical double channels each 20 x 10 x 2 ram in size and spaced at 10 to 12 cm apart, joined to one another by cross iron pieces.

The cross iron pieces are usually 10 mm to 15 mm wide and 5 mm thick, depending upon the size of the opening, the door may have single or double shatters.

The door is provided with locking arrangements, handles stoppers, etc. can be opened or closed by slight pull or push.

Rolling steel shutters door:

These types of doors are commonly used for the main entrances of the shops, garages show-rooms and go down etc.

The door shutter acts like a steel curtain provides adequate protection and safety against burglars and fire.

A rolling steel door consists of a frame, drum and shutter of thin steel plates or iron sheets of thickness about 1 mm.

The door shutter travels in vertical steel guide channels installed at either end of the opening.

Revolving doors:

Revolving doorways provide entrance on one side and exit on the opposite side simultaneously.

This type of door is favorably provided in places where there people regular entering in and going out of the building especially in case of banks, hotels, hospitals, theatres, offices etc.

These door essentially consists of four leaves radially attached to a centrally placed mullion in circular opening, assembled to exclude the wind draught.

Glazed door TYPES:

When desired light to be admitted inside the door, such types of doors being used.

These doors may be either fully glazed, partly glazed or partly paneled, when sufficient light is required to be admitted through doors in case of lobbies, halls, staircase, shopping or display centers, fully glazed doors are provided.

In case of partly glazed and partly paneled doors, the usual proportion of glazed portion to paneled portion is kept 2:1.

In glazed doors, usually, 5 to 8 mm thick polished plate glass is used e.g. reinforced with wire mesh or toughened are being used to avoid shuttering.

The glasses are fixed in the rebates of sash bar and they are secured with putty or by wooden beads fixed to the frame.

This type of door is used in residential and public buildings like hospitals, schools or colleges, etc. with a view to adding the natural lighting to make the interior room visible from the adjoining one.

Plastic doors:

These type of doors are light in weight, waterproof and anti-corrosive, they are more popular at a place of bathrooms and toilets due to its waterproof property.

Plastic doors are available in various colors and shades and its durability depends on the thickness of the door.

Louvered doors TYPES:

Doors containing louvers or slots for the purpose of ventilation are called louvered or Venetian doors, these doors admit a free passage of air and light, securing at the same time privacy and safety.

In this type of door, shutters are provided with louvers either fully or partly, louvers are arranged at such an inclination that horizontal vision is obstructed.

The spaces haw the rails are filled by a series of wooden leaves over-lying each other that the upper edge of louvers are fixed into the stiles or made movable, the usual inclination in case of fixed louvers is 45°.

In the louvered door, the louvers are arranged at a certain inclination, so that the outside vision are obstructed and allows the free passage of air.

There are two types of louvers fixed or movable louvers can be made in timber, plywood, plastic molded piece material or glass.

Swing door:

This types of doors have shutter moves both inward and outward, as it required double action spring hinge fixed to the door frame is termed as swing door.

In short, this type of door swings about double action spring hinge, it has single leaf or shutter attached to the door frame especially with the help of double action spring hinge.

In some cases, two leaves can also be attached to the door frame by means of double action spring hinge.

The door opens inward or outward with the action of spring force hence in order to avoid an accident, the door should be fully glazed or a small peephole should be provided at the eye level.

This type of doors is mostly used in officer’s cabin, commercial complexes, showrooms, etc.

Sliding door types:

At the time, shutter of doors opens, normally it requires space to open, in some of the case when space is not available to open the shutter and then sliding doors are more preferred.

In such a door, very less space is required to open the shutter due to sliding, these doors consist of runners, guide rails, shutter, frame, channel track and brackets.

The door shutter slides on the sides with the help of guide rails and runners at the bottom of the shutter, channel tracking is provided to slide the shutter properly.

Folding door:

A folding door is a type of door which opens by folding back in part, often discovered indoors, they also known as the accordion door or accordion partitions.

The folding doors are designed to supply quick and easy space division with average reduction and a delightful visible appearance.

Folding doors provide quick sight and sound division with an easy putt and latch operation, these doors ate available single and paired openings.

Nowadays bi-folding doors are one among the most innovative developments, the folding doors are the best option for a closet but can also be used for other areas of the house.



Conclusion for types of doors:

These types of doors are those delicate required that brings the big change in the style of your home.

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