One usually cannot progress from one room to another without passing through them. The average house in Texas has about 20 interior doors. Other than windows, no other operable, structurally related component outnumbers them. With these things in mind, one would expect more attention would be given to interior doors during home inspections, as well as greater mention of their condition and function in inspectors’ reports.
Is it critical?
Just how critical can the installation of an interior door be? What hazards do they involve? Often, the view of residential door safety focuses almost exclusively on preventing unwelcome visitors, insuring energy conservation, avoiding moisture penetration, and allowing the maximum speed of escape in the event of an emergency. Attention to door safety certainly has much wider implications.
Here are just a few statistics:
- There are more than 300,000 door-related injuries requiring hospital emergency room treatment each year.
- Around 45,000 of those involve children under the age of 14.
- Door injuries result in an estimated 15,000 amputations.
During the home inspection, the framing of a door opening must be properly aligned, square and plumb. Door frames must be properly secured to avoid movement. Door hinges must be strategically placed and in line with one another. Door hinge screws must be of sufficient size and length to overcome the shear forces they undergo, once installed. Of course, this assumes that quality materials are used. If not, all bets may be off, regardless of proper installation techniques.