Everyone has heard of a door jamb, but are you confident you know exactly what this term refers to? Learn more about the component that every door shares and what to do when it needs to be replaced.
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First of all, what is a door jamb? The jambs, also called the door “legs,” are the interior sides of a door frame—specifically the parts of the frame that hold the mounting hinges on one side and the strike plate for the latch on the other. Be careful not to confuse the jambs with other door frame parts, and specifically the door casing, which is what you call the wood that surrounds the door frame, colloquially called the door trim.
Many people confuse a door jamb and a door frame. A simple way to remember it is that a door jamb is part of a door frame. The flat surface that runs vertically up either side of the door frame is the jamb.
The jamb is only part of a door frame. If you want to replace your door jamb, you should purchase a door frame set, which includes all the parts you need to build a whole new frame. In addition to the jamb, here are the other components of a door frame:
The price to replace a door jamb depends on the exact work involved. Interior door replacement may require complete door frame replacement (this is actually true in many cases, depending on why the door is replaced) or door component replacement. Other factors will include whether the door is interior or exterior and the thickness of your home’s walls.
The thickness of your walls must be considered because there are occasions where the jambs are not the standard size—particularly in custom homes. Generally, most Maryland and Virginia homes follow the nationwide wall thickness standard and most jambs follow the standard jamb size of 4 5/8” (the last eighth of an inch being there for wiggle room).
Looking for an estimate on door replacement, door jamb installation, or door services? Contact Quality Window & Door online, or call 1-800-370-8751!
While it’s possible to hang new doors in existing door frames, sometimes you must replace the frame along with the door. This is true if the frame is damaged or the new door is a different size than the old one.
If you’re looking for replacement doors, frames, or jambs, Quality Window & Door has you covered. We install new patio doors, entry doors, and interior doors—complete with door frames—in homes throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia. If it’s necessary to widen an opening before installing the door, our experienced crew is more than capable of doing so.
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