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What Are the Parts of Your Entry Door?

A solid entry door is made of different components that work together to increase your home’s efficiency and visual appeal. If you’re looking to replace your old entry door, it helps to be aware of what the usual terms mean when talking to different contractors. Madison Door, a top choice for your door replacement needs, defines the different parts below: 


The door frame is the entire framework attached to the rough opening. It supports the door panel, sidelights, sill, jamb, and head. This also includes the door head which is the top horizontal piece of the frame. They can be made of wood or aluminum, and are designed to blend with your home design seamlessly. 


This is a type of trim that’s applied to the exterior of the home to hide the gap between the door frame and the wall. It’s usually thicker than most interior casing trim as it can be made from wood, aluminum, PVC, fiberglass, or even composite materials.


These are fixed glass panels attached by door installation companies to the outside frame. They’re tall narrow windows found on both or either side of the door to allow more light into the home.


This is the door itself that can be opened and closed. A fixed panel is the part of the door that doesn’t open or close.


This is the jointed device that pivots the door panel. The type of hinge used will depend on your entry door design, with some of the most common being concealed hinges, barrel hinges, and pivot hinges.

Door Sweep

This is essentially weather stripping placed at the bottom of the door to help form a seal between the door sill and the door frame. They keep out the natural elements and retain indoor temperatures, which helps increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Strike Plate

This is a small metal plate that’s typically found on the door jamb. It’s screwed where the hole for the bolt of the door and the bolt meet.


This term refers to how the entry door swings. In-swing doors open into your home while out-swing doors open outward.

When it comes to installing new entry and patio doors, there’s only one name in the area that gets the job done with speed and efficiency – Madison Door. Call us today at (973) 822-1693, or get a free quote online!