Doorstops are a very popular accessory for both interior and exterior doors. Their simple appearance, combined with the fact that they can be attached to a variety of surfaces allows them to provide a number of benefits. Whether they are installed in the front or the back door, doorstops are a very practical and attractive solution to door installation problems.
Doorstops are also available in a wide range of materials and finishes. They are popular because they can be easily removed and moved around depending on the space required. For example, they can be removed from the top of the door to allow access to the outside, and vice versa.
Doorstops may be made from metal, wood, plastic, vinyl or pvc. They also come in a variety of different sizes and lengths, with some very large and others only slightly smaller than an average human hand. Depending on the material, they may either be attached permanently to the frame of the door or can be removable.
Doorstops are usually a combination of three parts. The first part is the part that engages the hinges and other mechanisms of the door. This part includes the handle, which is usually made from a strong and robust metal, such as aluminium or steel. Some manufacturers choose to include a galvanised finish to increase its resistance to corrosion and rust.
The second part is the end part, which can either be permanently attached to the door or a movable piece that can be detached from the frame of the door. The most common doorstops are made from aluminium, brass or stainless steel. The smaller, more compact versions are made from aluminium, brass or stainless steel, whereas the larger versions come in the form of the same material as the door itself. Some doorstops have a raised flange to allow access to the additional portion.
The third part is the main part of the doorstop, which is the "rim" of the doorstop. It is designed to act as a support for the door, whilst also providing friction when it comes into contact with the door hinge. The top of the doorstop is often fitted with a clamp, which holds the door and ends with a locking mechanism to ensure that the doorstop cannot be removed from the door when it is in use.
Many doorstops are sold separately, or as part of a complete door with doorstop system. These are commonly fitted in the centre of the door in line with the hinges and may also be referred to as a raised stop or high stop.
Doorstops are also available as wall mounted units, and the styles available are again all dependent on the purpose of the doorstop and the desired finish. To protect your doors, doorstops are often covered with a protective coating, but if you are installing them in an area that receives harsh sunlight, you may wish to consider purchasing a tempered glass doorstop.
A doorstop can come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The most common doorstops are usually either circular square or rectangular in shape. A variety of other shapes and designs are also available, including the kitchen island, the French doorway and the wooden doorstop.
When choosing a doorstop, remember that the hinge and door mechanism must be well protected when installing it. If the door frame and door hinge are damaged, this will prevent the doorstop from properly locking into place. It may also result in the doorstop being unserviceable.
If you have any questions about the right type of doorstop to fit your door, you should consult the door manufacturer or door retailer. As there are a vast number of different doorstops available, it is recommended that you do not make up your own decision, and that you consult a professional or retailer who is familiar with the type of door you have. before making a final decision.