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By: Adrianna Noton
The use of doors is as ancient as the Egyptians. Most people take this structure for granted until they find themselves shopping for doors for their home or business. Here are a few things to know before choosing how people will enter and exit a building.

The first known doorways were used in Egyptian tombs. These early entryways didn't have to deal with a great amount of moisture. Egyptian tombs typically had one or two panel doors without frames. It was less important in those days to frame a door to keep it from warping or changing shape over time. The use of doorways in ancient days can be seen in the hieroglyphic depictions left behind by long gone civilizations.

The door evolved in a fairly steady fashion and is today made up of several different pieces. The door is usually set below a lintel or header board. Along the sides of it are the door jambs to which the hinges will be attached. A sill is set horizontally beneath the door to support the entirety of the frame.

There is a tradition to the colour of a door. A red door is said to be especially fortunate. Some people believe it is merely lucky, while others feel it welcomes positive energy into the house or identifies the mouth of the house. Typically a home that has a red door is also said to be free and clear of debt and fully paid for.

Most interior doorways are called flush doors. They are made of a single panel of plywood placed over a frame. The hollow inside of the door is often filled with cardboard core material. The core material can keep the door from sounding too hollow when people knock on it, as well as helping to give it a feeling of rigidity.

The future of entryways may be that of the sliding entry. Sliding panels are already used for patio entries or commercial building entryways. Sensors can turn sliding doors into automatic doors very easily. Some sensors come in mats that react to pressure when someone stands on them. Other sensors involve infrared light beams or invisible microwaves that react if they are interrupted, opening the door.

The way that a door is installed or hung is very critical to the entryway of the home or building. An improperly hung door can prevent the proper drainage of water. Because of this, many entry products come with hinges already mounted to the right sized jambs. The swing of the door is also important, especially for public buildings. A door that swings inward could be a safety hazard if many people were trying to escape a fire at once.

Doorways stand for many things. In general, when shopping for doors, it's important to know what a door is going to be used for. It could be just the entryway but it could also have specific needs, such as dealing with heavy pedestrian or vehicle traffic. Whether a door is designed after ancient customs or is painted a vivid red, everyone knows that is the proper way to enter a house or building.


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