Ooof, it’s never easy. Are you doing a remodel or a new build? Whether it’s residential or commercial, one part you need to consider is door jambs. Huh?
Ok, let’s start from the beginning. A door jamb is the vertical framing that surrounds a door and holds it in place (the frame that the door goes into). It is an integral part of any door installation and plays a crucial role in the overall functionality and security of the door. There are several different types that are used in differing applications, each with its own unique features and benefits. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the different kinds that are available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Kinds of Door Jambs and their Pros and Cons
Standard Door Jambs
Standard models are the most common type of door jamb and are used in most residential and commercial buildings. They are made of wood or metal and consist of two vertical jambs that are joined together by a horizontal jamb at the top. Standard door jambs are relatively simple in design and are easy to install. They are also fairly inexpensive, making them a popular choice for builders and contractors.
Price: As of this writing, you can find cheap ones for less than $50 (and even less than $20).
Flush jambs are similar to standard ones in that they are made of wood or metal and consist of two vertical jambs joined by a horizontal one at the top. The main difference is that flush jambs are designed to be completely flush with the door, creating a seamless and modern look. They are often used in modern or minimalist design schemes and are typically more expensive than standard ones.
Pocket jambs are designed for use with pocket doors, which are doors that slide into a pocket in the wall when they are opened. You know, the doors that slider and disappear into the wall (they’re often used for bathroom doors).
Like with other kinds, pocket jambs are normally made of wood or metal and are comprised of two vertical jambs that are joined together by a horizontal jamb at the top. They also have a track system built into them to allow the door to slide smoothly into the pocket. They’re a good choice for situations where there’s not enough space for a traditional swinging door, or you just want a different kind of door for aesthetic or other reasons.
Price: about $40-$60.
Fire-rated models are designed to withstand the high temperatures and intense heat of a fire. They’re normally built of metal and have a higher fire rating than standard pieces. You’ll typically find them in commercial buildings and other places where fire safety is a heightened concern. They are more expensive than standard models but are necessary for ensuring the safety and security of some types of buildings. They might also be required by building codes.
You’ll often see fire ratings in terms of minutes (like 45, 60, or 90 minutes).
Price: about $165.
Summing It Up
In sum, there are several different types to choose from, each with its own unique features and benefits. Standard ones are the most common and usually the cheapest, while flush ones are more modern and expensive. Pocket door jambs are a good choice for limited space, and fire-rated models are necessary for some buildings, particularly large commercial constructions. It is important to choose the right model for your specific needs and budget. You can also modify some models like, for example, by painting them.
I leave you with an installation video so you can get a visual idea on what they are, and see how they’re installed: