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The Importance of Door Jambs

With the invention of the door came a new and beloved part of humanity – privacy.  Though interaction is an essential part of every civilization, so too is the need for time alone, an area to call one’s own.  The door was the perfect way to ensure that was possible.  However, a door cannot stand on its own.  It requires support.  That comes in the form of a door jamb.  Often overlooked, ignored, or underappreciated, the door jamb plays a very important role in every home.

Leveling and Support. The primary purpose of the door jambs, and the door frame as a whole, is to provide a lasting support for the door.  When hung, the door relies on this framing.  The door jambs and other components of the frame are installed with care to ensure that the door hangs level to the floor.  If this is not done properly, the door would hang uneven or crooked.  This may result in several different problems.  The door may not swing open and closed smoothly.  It could leave spaces unfilled, even when closed, which decreased the efficiency of the home.  For these reasons, and many others, the door jambs must be hung properly and provide a tough resilience, so the door continues to function at its best.

Hinging and Closing. There are a few added components to every door that allow it to operate as it should.  The hinges, for instance, allow it to swing open and closed without tipping.  These hinges are screwed directly into the door jamb.  If the jamb is weak, improperly installed, or experiencing dry rot, the door would lack the necessary strength and could fail.  Similarly, the closing mechanism, which is operated by the handle or knob, meets the door jamb.  Thus, the jamb holds the door shut and, when installed correctly, allows for a very smooth opening.

Locking and Protection. A strong door jamb provides a desirable sense of protection against burglary and theft.  While one may believe the type of door or the quality of the locking system to be most essential, without a strong jamb, neither will matter.  The reason for this is because a deadbolt locking system feeds from the door into the jamb.  A weak door jamb makes a criminal’s job easier.

These are just a few of the reasons why one should invest in a very solid and strong door frame when purchasing a new door.  Furthermore, he or she should regularly check the framing to be sure that it is holding up well to wear and tear, as well as the natural elements.