Door advice and regulations

Deadbolts, deadlocks or deadlatches

Deadbolts - also called deadlocks or deadlatches - are heavy duty locks that can't be rotated without a key. These locks are most commonly used on exterior doors for added security.

Key-in-knob and key-in-lever locks

Door knobs and door levers, especially those designed for external use, often feature a keyed lock and barrel mechanism. Find out more about these types of door locks and how they work.

Keyless entry locks

As technology progresses, different varieties of keyless locks are becoming increasingly common. Find out more about the different types of keyless locks that are available, and how they work.

Door latches and chains

Latches and chains on doors are simple devices designed to fasten the door closed from one side. Door chains also allow for the door to be safely opened a bit.

Door hinge types

There are a surprising number of variations when it comes to door hinges - some of which operate in very clever ways. Read about the different types available, and the functionality they offer.

Door frame types

Door frames are another significant but often overlooked part of the overall construction of a door. Read about how different types of door frames can be used in your home.

Door viewers

Spy holes, peep holes, door cameras - there are many different types, but they all serve the same purpose; to show you who's on the other side of the door.


Doorstops are a small but vital part of most hinged door assemblies. See what types are available, what function they perform, and how they differ in terms of performance.

Door handing and swing direction

How hinged doors swing is crucial to how they're placed and used. Get clear on how the swing direction of a door is determined, and on what the 'handing' of a door actually is.

Standard door sizes

Find out how regulations affect the sizes and shapes of the doors you install in your home, and why these regulations exist.

How to position doors

The positioning of doors depends on many things - safety and convenience, ventilation and lighting needs, and aesthetic requirements, to name a few. Find out how to position doors in your home.

Door security

External doors in particular are the front line of defence for your home. See what factors affect a door's ability to make your home safe and secure.

Door safety

Most doors are big, heavy, moving objects - and as anyone who's ever walked into one can tell you, even glass doors can be dangerous. Read on to find out about all things related to door safety.

Door styles and appearance

Doors play a huge design role not only based on their own appearance, but also in terms of the impact they have on the rest of your home and how it flows and functions.

Door framing and installation

Door installation needn't be complicated, but if you're retrofitting or moving doors, it pays to know what options are available, and what's involved with installing a door.

Fire door regulations

Fire doors are an important safety measure, and are required in homes used for commercial purposes, like those which feature a storefront or bed and breakfast setups.

How to choose a front door

The front door to your home is as much a statement of welcome as it is a security and insulation measure. Find out what sorts of things you should consider for the front door of your home.

How to choose interior doors

The internal doors in your home will affect all sorts of things: noise control, available space, safety, privacy and style, to name a few. Find out what to look for in interior doors.

How to choose wardrobe doors

The cupboards and wardrobes in your home are likely to account for many of the doors in your house. Learn about how your choice of wardrobe doors will affect their looks and functionality.

How to choose a back door

The back door you choose for your home may be simple, discreet and secure, or it may serve as a way to open your house up so that your living areas blend into your back yard.