Exterior doors are one of the most important functional elements of your home’s facade, providing security and protection from the elements. Patio doors are also important, as it’s the connection of the interior of your home to the outside. If you wish to install a brand new hinged patio door or replace your front entry door, you need to decide if you want to install an outswing or inswing door; and here, the experts at Dori Doors will educate you so you can better make that important decision.
Deciding Based on Space
Your decision on whether to install an inswing or outswing door should be based on the space of your home, and the layout of your patio or entranceway. Maybe your patio leads outdoors from the kitchen and has a table right in front of it – in this situation, you’re going to want an outswing door to give you comfortable room to maneuver. However, if there’s low amounts of space on the interior of the area, or you keep a bookshelf, plants, or a table right outside the entrance, you are going to want an inswing door.
- Doors in Hurricane Areas swing outwardly: The major winds from storms or hurricanes are likely to push inward facing doors open – so outswing doors are installed in areas that may be vulnerable to winds, as winds can’t push them open from outside.
- Doors that lead to snowy areas swing inwards: There’s areas where it can easily snow over 2 or 3 feet during a Winter snowstorm or blizzard – and in these areas, entrance and patio doors are made to swing inwards, so you can’t get trapped inside your home if there’s a massive amount of snow that begins to press and seal against your door.
- Public doors swing out: Doors in all commercial buildings swing outwards, which is a protection measure to allow for safe evacuation – if there’s tons of people swarming to leave a building at the same time, inwards opening doors would make it impossible for them to go through – so doors are installed to open outwards, allowing for swift exit.
- Outswing doors have compression gaskets and positive stops which make a weather tight, friction-less seal that allows the door to be easily opened.
- Inswing doors have sweep gaskets at their thresholds to prevent leakage of water and air – these gaskets utilize friction in order to seal airtight – however they can be somewhat harder to open, with stiffer, rather than fluid motion.
- Outswing doors are hard to open up from the outside of a building which makes them a great security choice – except for the fact that their hinges are on the outside, so you need to choose hinges without removable pins in order to ensure your home security.
- Inswing doors have interior hinges which protect from tampering, however they can be forced open much more easily due to their direction of entrance – this can be prevented through the installation of deadbolt locks and heavy duty strike plates.