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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2018

In an exterior door with bevelled glass, does the bevel belong inside or outside?

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On the side it was designed for - some people put beveled glass on the outside for impressive looks to visitors, some on the inside for impressive foyer/entry appearance, some on both sides. If only on one side usually toward inside, but depends on what the person who ordered it wanted.

It is generally not recommended to use beveled glass on the outside unless the door is fully protected against rain/snow, because the bevel makes for a place where water will be trapped against the frame at the bottom of the windows.

Look at the hinges first if drilled or pre-installed - obviously the door has to open the right way, usually inward in a house but outward in a public building. Course, one has to order the door right in the first place - left or right hand opening or the hinges will be on the wrong side or it would have to be installed upside down, which would make the door handle/knob a screwy height. (34-48" off floor by code, usually 36" to center of main knob/handle from floor unless special ordered otherwise.)

Obviously, if came with hardware all installed, the key kocks go on the outside, the manual turn latches on the inside.

If there is a rain drip edge on the bottom, that is outside bottom.

If there is a weather strip seal either on the outside edge of the door or on a face around the edge, that goes outside - typically designed to push up and seal against the door stop strip.

If the door is a tight fitting one with a chamfer (slight angle) on the lock edge of the door, the face with the most chamfer clearance with the frame is the side that goes ujp against the stop strip or shaped frame. (Chamfer is there on tight fitting doors so the door can close tightly to the frame without the leading edge dragging as it closes).

If it has a door sweep or weatherstrip on it, that goes so its surface (not edge) drags along the door sill when closing and the free edge sticks out to the side the door is closing from - so if you hang your hand like a gorilla walking, the equivalent of the back of the hand portion should drag and seal against the doorsill, the free exposed edge would face indoors.

If new door, outside window frame should be caulked to the door, inside frame normally not sealed with caulk (may have compressible foam rubber strip under the frame) except in very high efficiency doors.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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