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In the world of home improvement, door frames are often an afterthought. However, paying close attention to details like this can elevate the overall effect of your door's design and provide you with a safer, more secure entryway.
Interior Door Frames
Certain types of doors require, by their very nature, specialized frame types. Pocket door frames, for example, require a hollow section that recedes into the wall, allowing you to pull the door out when you want it closed or push it into the wall when you want it open.
By and large, though, interior door frames are fairly uniform, with flat jambs and an adjustable stop. However, you can choose a frame with a single rabbet (that only allows for a door to open one way), or a double rabbet frame (that lets you choose whether you want to place a door so it opens into or out of a room).
Typically, interior door frames are made of wood. Heavier-duty products, such as steel door frames or aluminum door frames, are typically reserved for exterior use.
Exterior Door Frames
Usually, the frame of your home's front door will also be made of wood, though you can take special measures for added design freedom. As with interior doors, you can order jambs with single or double rabbets, but exterior door frames can typically also house weather strips and various door bottoms that allow you to get creative with your front door's style.
For other exterior doorways, metal door frames may be used; they're sturdier and more secure, and make a good choice in spots where aesthetic appeal is not the primary issue. You can get either solid or hollow metal door frames, depending on your budget and preferences.
Finally, don't choose your door frame design in a vacuum. Remember that all parts of a door must be integrated for security and full visual effect. When choosing your frames, also consider the various catches, locks and door hinges that go with it. This will make it easier to create a unified design that will withstand the rigors of daily use.