Adjustable Threshold: threshold that can be adjusted up
and down to ensure a tight seal with the door panel. Creates a customized
fit for changing weather conditions, i.e. humidity, cold, dry air, etc.
Brickmould: decorative moulding surrounding the exterior
of the door frame.
Caming: metal separator that holds individual pieces of
decorative glass in place. Caming is typically brass with a variety of decorative
Door Panel: the actual door itself. In combination with
the frame, creates the entry way for your home.
Frame: the outside edge of the door unit surrounding the
door panel. Composed of the jambs, head and sill. The frame creates the boundary
of the door and works with the door panel to ensure a tight, weatherproofed
Glazing: the glass system used in the door.
Handing: describes direction door opens and placement of
the handle. When standing outside, look at the closed door.
If door swings in:
Handle on right = left hand door
Handle on left = right hand door
If door swings out:
Handle on right = right hand door
Handle on left = left hand door
Head: horizontal piece forming the top of the door frame.
Hinges: metal plates and pins that allow the door to swing
out or in.
Jamb: an upright piece forming the side of the door frame.
As an integral part of the frame, the jamb works to ensure a tight fit for
the door in your home.
Mull Post: structural post between the sidelite and the
door. Provides structural integrity to the door unit.
Multi-Point Locking System: locks in more than one location
on the door and frame. Provides increased security and a weathertight seal.
Muntin Bars: the bars in the true divided light or grille
style of patio doors.
Rails: two horizontal areas on the door panel above and
below the glass or embossing.
Reinforcement Plate: steel plates (or sheets) behind the
locking system designed to increase the security factor of the door. The further
the lockset is from the deadbolt, the greater the resistance to forced entry.
Sidelite: glass decorative accessory placed next to a door
for ornamentation and to allow light to pass through.
Sill: the bottom composite member of the door frame. Composed
of two pieces: the threshold and the subsill. Works to keep weather (air and
water) infiltration to a minimum.
Stiles: two vertical members of the door panel outside of
the glass or embossing.
Strikeplate: Protects the jamb from the hardware latch.
Covers the latch and deadbolt.
Subsill: area beneath the sill. Sometimes includes a weep
system to drain water away from the home.
Sweep: the weatherseal on the bottom of the door panel that
makes contact with the threshold.
Swing-in: describes a door system which opens inward, toward
the home, when in operation.
Swing-out: describes a door system which opens outward,
away from the home, when in operation.
Threshold: the bottom part of the door frame, i.e. the area
you step on when entering or exiting through the doorway.
Transom: decorative glass piece placed above the door to
accent the style and appearance of the door.
Weatherstripping: flexible material surrounding door panel
to protect your home from air infiltration. Should be tight enough to create
a seal when the door is closed.
Weep System: located in the sill, it channels water away
from your home.