Exterior doors tend to open inwards for security reasons. For the door to open outwards, the hinge mechanism would be located on the outside of the home. However, any hinges located outside pose a big risk to your home’s security.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should exterior doors open outward or inward?
Outward swinging doors are more weatherproof and easier to operate. They do require sufficient space on the outside to operate freely, which means your porch, patio or landing must be large enough to accommodate this need. They are also much harder to force open.
Why do some doors open outward?
Safety Reasons Many believe that doors which open outwards are safer as it allows for easier escape access. Anyone caught up in an emergency or fire, rushing to get away, would naturally push a door rather than pull it. ... They became crushed in the chaos as they fled for the exit doors and struggled to open them.
Which way are doors supposed to open?
Exterior doors traditionally are installed to open inward. This places the hinges on the inside of the door, preventing them from being accessed by criminals. However, most contemporary door hinges are thief resistant and can't be tampered with when exposed on the exterior of the door.