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Door Frame FAQs

Door frames are an integral part of internal and external doors. Without them, brickwork and concrete will become damaged, your door won’t open and close as effectively as it should, and your home will be susceptible to draughts and weather damage. Door frames are an essential piece of hardware for your door installation.

When purchasing and installing your door, there are many issues that you could face. Especially if you haven’t done your research. Before you begin any door renovations, please take a look at our carefully selected FAQs for door frames.

 

What kind of wood is used for door frames?

Pine and oak are the most common wood-types used for door frames. Pine and oak frames are sturdy, durable and robust. Wood is a great material to use for internal and external door frames. It is thermally-efficient, of a high-quality, and is the best material to use if safety is one of your main concerns.

Decoration-wise, wood is a very good material to use if you want to paint your frames. Wood is very generous when it comes to holding onto paint; however, you must consider that wood can be susceptible to weather damage, and your painted frame will need redoing over time.

 

What is the wood around a door frame called?

The wood around a door frame is called an architrave. An architrave is mainly chosen for design purposes. They create the illusion of a much taller door. Architraves are generally found in older properties due to its simplistic design.

Aside from its decorative purposes, architraves are designed to hide joints, shrinkage, and movement between the door and the door’s frame. Similarly, it covers the gap between the wall and frame, which can also reduce draughts and improve your thermal-efficiency.

 

Can a door frame support weight?

A door frame can hold a decent amount of body weight. If your door has been installed correctly, and is made out of high-quality materials such as pine and oak, your door frame will hold a considerable amount of weight.

Pull-up bars are often attached to doorways for people who like to work out at home. We’re sure you’ve all seen the videos of people falling from using pull-up bars however this is mainly due to the pull-up bar being a cheaper version, not installing it onto the frame correctly, or having an inappropriate door frame length and thickness.

If the wall that the door frame is in is a load-bearing wall, it’ll be sized appropriately and built-in well enough for it to take a pretty hefty weight. If the wall isn’t a load-bearing wall, it’s likely that the door isn’t built to be as robust, therefore unlikely to be able to support any weight.

 

There are many more frequently asked questions surrounding door frames. We’ve chosen the most common questions that we get asked by our customers. If you have any other questions about door frames that aren’t listed here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.