What is the best pivot door material?
Aluminum vs Wood vs Steel

Common questions

  • What is the best type of pivot door?
  • What material should I use for my pivot door?
  • Are wood pivot doors better than steel pivot doors?
  • Are aluminum pivot doors better than steel pivot doors?
  • Why are steel pivot doors the preferred type of construction?

Steel door frames are more robust and can be made very thin due to the superior strength of steel.

  1. Pivot door frames vary in width depending on the material of construction. Aluminum and wood door frames are weaker and must, therefore, be made wider than steel door frames. On the contrary, steel door frames are more robust and can be made very thin due to the superior strength of steel.

  2. The Full View Modern Steel Door frame is 4” wide. Our narrow backset lock is installed in the pivot door and latches into the jamb.

  3. The Ultra-Thin Modern Steel Door frame is 1” wide. Our narrow backset lock can be installed in the pivot door and latch into the jamb. Alternatively, our electric lock can be installed in the jamb and latch into the pivot door.

Standard Pivot Door Jamb

Pivot doors are hinged on the jamb and threshold. The pivot door jamb is what is fastened to your home on either side and at the top. The standard Modern Steel Doors jamb is 5 ½” deep and 1 ½” wide. Jambs are also available 4 ½”, 6 ½” or 8 ½” deep. Integrated thresholds are included and tailored to your floor covering height and configuration.

Common steel vs aluminum pivot door questions 

  • What are the differences between an aluminum pivot door and a steel pivot door?
  • What is the best type of pivot door?
  • Why do steel pivot doors cost more than aluminum pivot doors?

The way in which the component parts of a door are brought together greatly affects the structural integrity of the door. While aluminum doors are mechanically assembled, Modern Steel Doors are welded. Let’s take a closer look at the monumental difference between aluminum vs. steel pivot doors. Aluminum doors are held together by internal parts and screws scattered throughout the door. These assembled joints are inherently misaligned because the two components being brought together remain as two.

Alternatively, fabricated joints start as two components that are then welded together to form one. The result is a perfectly aligned and structurally reliable door.

The method of construction affects the longevity of the door.

The method of construction additionally affects the longevity of the door. Corners assembled with screws loosen over time, causing sagging and misalignment that is difficult to fix without taking apart the entire door. On the contrary, fabricated corners can never loosen because they have been welded into one piece.

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