Door stoppers or holders: functions, types, installation
- Door holder functions
- Types of stoppers
- Floor stopper
- Wall stopper
- Door stopper
- Door holder installation on your own
Interior doors are installed in every flat, house, office or any other room. But even they could be dangerous, cause the material damage or harm the health while a door leaf being uncontrollably opened and closed. To minimize this kind of possible risk the door stoppers were invented.
There is a number of important functions that a door holder carries out:
- It protects the door from being opened and closed spontaneously;
- It prevents the formation of dents in the wall from the door handle;
- It preserves the door leaf and accessories from damage while being hit;
- It protects furniture, which is near to the door;
- It takes care of your health and guarantees the safety of people in case of the door being suddenly and sharply opened or closed
Door holders are very important and almost indispensable door accessories in both public buildings and private flats and houses because of all the above mentioned factors.
All the door holders could be divided into three groups:
- Floor stoppers
- Door stoppers
- Wall stoppers
Each of these groups is in its turn divided into:
- Door clamps – fix the door in the opened position
- Door restraints – limit the door leaf opening angle
Stoppers also vary in the principle of action. They can be:
A magnetic door stopper appears to be a clamp for a door with a magnet. A metal plate, which is attracted to the stopper and provides the open position of the door, is attached to the bottom of the door leaf. Simple stoppers limit the opening angle of the door softly, because of the using of the rubber compactor. Mechanical stoppers keep the door open with the help of a special fixing mechanism.
The outer form of the stopper could be absolutely different, that is the reason why the door accessory is used not only for its direct purpose but also could perform a decorative function.
Floor stopper, as follows from its name, is supposed to be on the floor. It is the most popular among all the variety of door stoppers offered. The long lifetime and corrosion-resistant metals such as brass, stainless steel and copper, and rubber compactor, which protects the door leaf from damage, are usually used for production of the floor stoppers.
Floor stopper could be:
Stationary door stoppers are fixed in one place and provide not only the opening of the door for the desired angle, but also keep it fixing in the chosen place.
Portable door stoppers could be either set in or taken away when it is necessary. The most common form of the portable door stopper is a wedge with a non-slip base, which is placed under the door leaf, keeping it open. There are also stoppers which have non-slip legs and should be placed on the lower door end.
Wall holders are good at the following point: they do not prevent the free movement around the entire room. Also, it is recommended to use them in case of your flooring being expensive, which you do not want to spoil with drilling holes or in case of using the heated floor.
Wall holders are small accessories of different shapes and styles. They, as those floor ones, can have a simple structure or hold the door leaf with the help of a magnet as well.
Do not be afraid of the harm the door leaf can make at hitting because they are made of soft materials and have the rubber compactor.
Holders, which are attached to the top of a door leaf and a door frame, are also worth being mentioned. They will not prevent the door from being opened and closed until their being rotated at 90 degrees downward. This construction is very reliable, as it firmly holds the door in a fixed position.
Stopper, which is mounted on the door leaf, is made in the shape of the letter C. It could be rubber, plastic, or made from any other soft material. It should be mounted on the upper door end or lateral door end to protect children or animals from the slamming door, which could be the cause of an injury.
It is not difficult at all to install the door holder on your own. For this you will need:
If you decided to set the holder on your own, follow this algorithm of actions:
- Chose the place for the holder
- Apply a marking
- Drill the holes
- Attach the door movement stopper
Despite it seems to be simple, there are some moments that should be taken into consideration while working on your own. The most important thing is to choose the right place for its installation. The distance between the door leaf and the wall should be at least 5 centimeters. It is connected with a door handle, the width of which should be taken into account while process of mounting the holder.
In case of the flooring being wooden or concrete, preparation of holes independently will not be a problem. If there is tiled flooring, pieces of tile could split off while drilling. That is why it is recommended to have the fixing at the flooring seam.