Installing windows and exterior doors is the final step in completing and closing off a structure. Windows bring in air and light whereas doors are built to block off an entrance and provide security to the structure.
Both these wall openings need to be built according to the architect's plan, which takes the building's requirements, purpose, and location into consideration.
In order to build windows and doors, a carpenter must be familiar with the various terms and components associated with each, as well as the important installation practices.
Knowledge of the various types of windows and doors is also essential as their usage across residential and commercial structures varies.
Windows and window glass go hand-in-hand. Knowledge of one is incomplete without an understanding of the other. Single-strength, double-strength, and heavy duty glass are some of the most common types of glass used for window glazing.
Some of the commonly used door types in residential construction are panel doors, exterior flush, hollow core, flush, sash, and louvered doors. Doors are usually secured using a security lock or a deadbolt. Single- or double-cylinder are two kinds of deadbolts. Mortise and tubular locksets are the most widely used locking mechanisms on doors.