Leader Doors Jargon Buster

We know what it can be like for some customers when dealing with industry professionals. Before you know it, industry terms are being thrown around and you find yourself nodding and smiling along without really understanding what you’re being told – at best you might feel embarrassed and at worst you might end up with a product or service you weren’t really hoping for.

We don’t believe in talking in industry terms and confusing our customers, so we always try to talk in plain terms that everyone can understand so you always get the doors and service you want from us! However, if you’re ever left wondering…what did that mean?…you can always check up on our door lingo in our Glossary of Terms.

If you don’t fancy sifting through our glossary, no problem! We’ve put together a list of the top door related terms that you’re likely to find around the Leader Doors site to help you find exactly what you need, and quickly. Take a look at our Leader Doors Jargon Buster and we’ll have you talking like the pros in no time!


You’ll find architrave around the outside of a door frame. It usually matches and connects any skirting or mouldings around the door together. Architrave is often supplied in large lengths that can be cut to a custom or standard size.


This is used to hold the glazing of a door in place and will usually appear on both sides of the aperture in doors. Beading is usually designed to match the style of the door and can be removed from both sides if the glazing in an internal door needs to be replaced. External doors you’ll only find removable beading on the side of the door facing indoors so that intruders can’t simply remove the glass from outside of the house!


These doors are made of hinged panels that allow the door to fold in half, making them the perfect choice for rooms in which a door swing would be too big! You might hear them referred to as both bi-folding doors or simply bi-folds.

Cavity System

Sometimes known as a pocket door system, these handy cavity systems allow doors to slide into the wall cavity, eliminating the need to save space in a room for a door’s swing.


When we talk about the finish of a door, we’re talking about the final coat on the door that not only protects it but affects the appearance of the door by adding a particular tone or colour to the door. Our doors are available in unfinished, fully finished or primed condition so make sure you check exactly what kind of door you need!


Hanging a door simply means to fit the door into a frame; tasks such as amending the size of the door or installing door accessories may also be included in hanging the door.


The jamb refers to the vertical part of a door frame onto which the hinges are mounted. You’ll find references to the jamb usually when we talk about fitting or fixing hinges.

Pair Door

Sometimes you’ll require double doors to fill an opening between rooms, and pair doors are the perfect way to do that. You choose two matching doors of the same size and fit them together either pre-paired or by using a pair maker to fit two single doors together.


Skirting boards outline a room at the join between the flooring and the walls. They are often plain white, or colour matched with other accessories in the room to keep the eye focused on the furniture or other focus pieces in the room.


On the door frame there will be a section that prevents a door from swinging outwards completely, which stops you from accidentally swinging the door into a wall or furniture!


You may also see this referred to as the saddle, doorstep or door sill. We often think of a doorstep or threshold as relating to the front door only, but every door has a threshold of some kind between the door and floor to help reduce drafts.

For more door related terms, browse our Leader Doors Glossary, or our friendly customer services team will be glad to help you out – just contact us!

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