It has often been quoted that a person’s house is their castle, and it is true that a home is far more than four walls and a roof. A home needs to feel safe, be comfortable and give real protection to the family inside. Without doubt, a well built and well designed house is a good starting point, and the various parts of the house, the materials used and the quality of the building work all add to the overall success of the building as a whole. However, we often forget one of the key elements that adds to the safety and comfort of the home; well fitting doors.
External or internal, the door is a simple feature that has existed in buildings for as long as someone could shape wood. What may surprise you is how early in human history the technology of door fitting developed. For example, a type of hinge that is still well used today was invented by the Romans, and has changed little since then. Metal hinges were used as early as the Egyptian period, and wooden doors features widely in Europe from about 3000 BC. A Greek mathematician and engineer called Heron of Alexandria who was born in 10 AD wrote a book about pneumatic and heat powered automatic systems and designed and fitted a pair of temple doors that opened automatically as supplicants approached. In the 5th Century Chinese Emperor yang of Sui had a foot operated automatic door fitting installed in his royal library.
Simple as the modern door fitting is, it is an art with more to it than immediately meets the eye. Door fitting in itself is relatively simple, but there are a lot of hard lessons to learn along the way. One of the first challenges is finding a door to fit the frame. New house door frames tend to be standardized, but in older houses this will rarely be the case. A new door will need resizing before fitting. This needs to be done carefully as the composite nature of modern doors means that removing too much on any one side will reduce the overall strength of the door. It is worth remembering that 35% of heat loss from the home is through cracks and gaps like those around doors, so a flush door fitting is important.
Finding and fitting new doors is not a task for the feint hearted or for the first-time handyman. Door fitting can be costly, risky and difficult, and best left to the professionals. By the time you have factored in the specific door fitting tools, the time spent reshaping the door, and the effort to align the hinges correctly for a squeak free swing, you probably would have saved money getting in the experts. Whether one door fitting or all of them, internal or external, contact Dean Joinery for advice on fitting new doors to your home. Their experienced carpenters can ensure the safety and comfort of your home with expert door fitting.