Hanging a Door in a kit home

Hanging a door is considered by some to be a true measure of carpentry talent or skill. A door only 'works' when fine tolerances and clearances are set up, levels and plumbs are true and seals are tight and sound. Well if you aren't a carpenter, your ability to hang a door may be only average, by these standards.

However there are now 'pre-hung doors' which you can specify in your inclusions, which make hanging a door effortless. These interior and exterior doors arrive with a fully assembled frame, with the door hanging on the hinges, ready to plumb and install. The assembly will have timber braces to keep it square as you install it, and the kit home prefab frames will be itching for a that perfect door. What could be simpler.

Types of house doors

Flush doors are completely smooth, having plywood or MDF fixed over a light timber frame, the hollow parts of which are often filled with a cardboard core material. Flush doors are most commonly used as plain interior doors.

Moulded doors have the same structure as that of flush door. The only difference is that the surface material is a moulded skin made of HDF / MDF. They are commonly used as modern interior doors

French doors, also called a French windows, are doors with multiple windows set into it for the full length of the door. Traditional French doors are assembled from individual small pieces of glass and mullions.

Sliding glass doors are rectangular framed sheets of glass mounted adjacent to a similar fixed glass partition, sliding in its own plane parallel to its neighboring partition. See our page on sliding glass doors

Folding doors (accordion doors/bifold doors) have an multiple panels which fold upon one another.

Sliding doors move on overhead tracks, often for space or aesthetic considerations. Pocket or cavity sliding doors slide between two wall panels and are used as space saving doors.

Panel doors have vertical and horizontal boards (stiles and rails), panels usually in multiples of two,and glass panels at the top.

Solid-core doors consist of low-density particle board or foam used to completely fill the space within the door.

Solid-core flush doors (especially foam-core ones) are commonly used as exterior doors as they provide more insulation, strength and security.

Doorway components

  • Lintel - A horizontal beam above a door that supports the wall above it. (Also known as a header)
  • Jambs - The vertical and horizontal timber that form the sides and top of a door frame, where the hinges are mounted, and with which the bolt interacts.
  • Sill - A horizontal profiled beam below the door that supports the frame.
  • Doorstop - a thin slat built inside the frame to prevent a door from swinging through when closed, which might break the hinges.
  • Architrave - The decorative moulding that outlines an inside door frame.
  • Facings - Sometimes called casings, timber strips covering the outside jambs and weatherboards.

Now got to Prehung Doors or to our great guide page on installing exterior doors . Go to kit home basics home page