There are two kinds of doors you’ll normally see at home. First, an automatic closing door which is normally seen in screen doors or back doors. Second, a non-automatic closing door that you’ll normally see in your room, bathroom or even in your main door, sometimes. In fact, there are homeowners that do and don’t care if their house has door closers for personal reasons.
But why do door closers are important at home and how convenient it is for anyone living in a house to have one? I’m a homeowner myself and I use door closer in my front and back door of my house. From my experience, it’s convenient most of the times because I never have to go back and check if I left my door closed or not. And for me, that’s quite enough.
While I still have a few reasons in mind to share why I think having a door closer at home is convenient, not all homeowners have the same mindset and preference of the doors in their house, so let’s respect that. But if you are a homeowner looking to buy a door closer for your house, today is your lucky day because I’ve put together a list of door closer you can review before choosing what’s best for you.
Disclosure: The list you’re going to read aren’t products but I’ll add some good and bad points for each type so you can make the decision yourself without any bias.
Door Closer Hinge
The easiest and convenient door closer you can use at home is probably this one. You don’t need to use a drill or make a hole on your door in order to make it work. Also, it will conceal your door closer because you just need to use your door hinge when installing this door closer which is tricky, yet effective.
The pressure door closer is also adjustable. Since it uses a spring to close your door, you can increase or decrease the tension on the wire of your door closer hinge just like the other heavy duty door closers out there. However, it’s only gonna work better on interior lightweight doors and it might not work best on your main door unless it’s lightweight.
Screen door closer
A door closer that comes by default on a secondary door. This door closer was designed to carry and close lightweight doors, a perfect example is screen doors. It’s basically installed onto your door when you buy it in a hardware store but you can also purchase screen door separately if your pre installed closer malfunctions.
The problem with screen door closer is whenever your door closes with this door closes, it will always slam your door repeatedly due to the design of its spring on how it should close itself. Also, the spring in screen door closer has no stopper or tension limiter with it so the more stretched your spring is, the more power it’ll get to slam it.
Overhead door closer
This is the most common door closer that almost all homeowners have used in their house. It works fine for wooden doors than other screen doors and it’s very easy to install just like the others.
Also, this doesn’t slam your door every time it does its job unlike other door closers do which is quite safe for your children and it’s not noisy either.
Heavy duty door closer
If the doors in your house are heavy, the standard door closer may not be sturdy enough to close your door when you open it. Instead, you must you the appropriate door closer designed for your door.
Heavy duty door closer is usually used in commercial places such as fast food restaurants, hotels and even in buildings. In fact, some of heavy duty door closer are designed to be mounted universally, which means both left and right side of your door which is quite convenient.
How to choose a door closer
In order to choose the right door closer for your doors at home, you need to list down your condition on a piece of paper such as; do you want an hydraulic, concealed door closer etc.
But to give you an idea and classification of a door closer you can see them all below:
- Heavy duty
- Extra heavy duty
Door closer installation
Installing a door closer is fairly straightforward. But you need to be accurate when you measure where you want to mount your closer. There are different types of door closer and have designated mounting location so identifying this is crucially important.
Step 1: Identity the mounting location of your door closer. All door closers are designed to be mounted on the opposite side of your door latch but mounting location can be at the top, middle or bottom.
Step 2: Use your mounting template to locate where you must drill a pilot hole to attach your door closer. Most door closers provide a template together with the product to simply your installation.
Step 3: Attach your door closer onto your door frame and onto your door using set of screws to mount your door closer firmly.
Step 4: Try and test your door closer.
Note: You can adjust the tension of spring in your door closer so if you need more or less power to shut your door, that is possible, provided you know how to do it.