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Author Topic: My rant: why are doors still so thin these days?  (Read 2180 times)

whatismisophonia

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My rant: why are doors still so thin these days?
« on: January 26, 2012, 08:52:30 AM »

If there is one thing we can agree on, its that human beings are creatures of habit: the old if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it mentality.  But what if it aint broke but just sub-par?  Originaly, we framed our walls so that they would be thick enough and strong enough to withstand sheer forces, the weight of the roof, and maybe a snow load; Insulating the walls never entered our minds untill some super genius crammed some news paper in the wall cracks and cavities.  Now we have a code that sipulates all exterior partitions should be of 2x6 construction if wood framed, though, 2x4s are more than adequate for support; one of the main reasons for doing this was for the sake of adding more insulation.  We rack our brains trying to figure out how to widen our windows and make them more thermally resistant and, often times, sound resistant.  Yet, still, doors have eluded our focus; generally larger than our windows, our average doors are still the same @#$% thickness that they where since forever ago.  Even when considering asthetics, there really is   no   good   reason   why doors (particularly exterior doors) should be so thin; even if glass were installed in it, why should it be any different than a window in a wall?  Perhaps a thin door could be appreciated to lighten the visual weight of a design scheme, with several glass panels in the door to create an airy feel, but even so, when talking about exterior doors, or just doors with no windows one can argue that the only reason why they are still so thin is because we are creatures of habit, both in terms of what society's trends tells us looks good, and in terms what what we simply don't think about.

p.s. it would be much more economical to make a door that soundproofed better, held in (or out) heat better, and weighed less if only we would allow ourselves to include an actual large air gap, like the thickness of the wall itself. The door would only seem huge because we as a society are not used to it.