Entry Doors usually consist of a panel that swings, slides or rotates on hinges. They divide spaces and close off entrances. They also provide privacy, security and help control the atmosphere within a space. Here are four essential parts that make up a door:
1. Door Panel and Hinges
The panel is the actual door and its surrounding frame. It generally swings open and closes on hinges, which also secure the door to the door frame.
2. Latch Set
The latch set is the door’s latch and handle or knob. It holds the door shut. It is usually mounted on the door panel and frame. The part on the door panel lines up with the part on the frame. The handle or knob piece is always attached to the door panel.
3. Lock Set
The lock set is the deadbolt lock device found in building entries and doors of residences. It keeps your patio doors shut and locked, and can only be opened from the inside or with a key from the outside. Like the latch set, the lock set has interconnecting pieces that attach to the door panel and to the frame.
4. Windows and Peepholes
Some door panels are solid. Others have windows, called “lights” or “glazings.” They allow light in and allow people to see through the door. Muntins are the wood pieces that hold glass windows on a door panel. Stiles hold the left and right sides of the window glass, while rails hold the top and bottom.
Some solid entrance doors have peepholes through which one can see from the inside who is on the other side. They are usually one-way sight lines.
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