What are Rebated Doors?

Rebated doors have become extremely popular over recent years. They’re primarily used for internal double doors, however many households now use rebated doors for external use for their added security. Rebated doors allow you full control over the opening and closing of your doors. Their easy-to-control design means they’re perfect for replacing your patio doors.

If you’re looking for a new door that is eco-efficient and offers high-security, our rebated doors are for you.

What is a Rebated Door Pair?

A rebated door pair is made of 2 single doors that have a small section (lip) removed from their edges. This lip removes the vertical gap that you’d see in a standard door pair and allows the doors to interlock.

Rebated door pairs open and close separately from each other. However, a rebated door pair has a primary and secondary door. The lip means that the primary door can open and close freely but it can’t close completely without the secondary door being shut.

Rebated doors are primarily made from wood but other materials such as steel can be used. A rebated door pair is usually of a wider thickness than most standard doors. This allows the door and frame to sit flush against your wall. It’s also excellent for energy-efficiency.

The thickness of the edge of the door is then halved, usually to 12mm in thickness, to create a lip. The secondary door will then be wedged into this lip, creating a locking system and removing the small gap between each door.

The design of a rebated door removes any draughts that may have occurred from a standard door set. The lip system also adds higher security to your pair of doors as they’re near enough impossible to open from the other side – especially if the doors are locked, too.

What is a Door Pair Maker?

door pair maker diagram

If you’re happy with the design and fit of your current doors, but want the added security achieved from a rebated door pair then a door pair maker is for you.

A door pair maker is a piece of timber designed to turn your standard door into a rebated door. Simply slip the door pair maker between the gap where your two doors meet. The pair maker needs to be attached to the edge of one of the two doors. This then adds a lip to your door, creating a stop for the other door to close up to thus creating a rebated door pair.

How to Fit Rebated Doors

rebated door pair

  1. If you are planning on having a lock on your door, you will need to measure and fit the lock before continuing to attach the door to your opening.
  2. Depending on the method that you chose to attach your door, you’ll need to fix the secondary door (usually the right door but this is completely up to you) to your wall. Make sure that the door is securely fastened before moving on to the other door. If you’re erecting your rebated doors without professional help, we’d advise that you have at least another person available to help you lift and steady the door.
  3. Once you’re happy with the placement of your secondary door, you can now fix the primary door to your opening. Again, ensure that your door is correctly installed and secure before moving on.
  4. When both doors have been installed, you should now be able to close the primary door without any issues. The doors will interlock with each other, removing any vertical central gaps.

How to Measure Rebated Doors

Your rebated doors need to be the same thickness as the wall that you’re attaching your doors to. Once you’ve established the thickness, the lip on the edge of both doors needs to be halved to allow the doors to interlock. This is usually about 12mm in thickness. For the horizontal length of the lip, you should be looking at around 6mm (3mm on each door).

How to Fit Rebated Door Hardware

As mentioned above, if you’re planning on adding a locking system to your rebated doors, you need to ensure that the lock is fitted first. This isn’t a deal-breaker but it’ll make it much easier to fit your doors upon installation.

For the locking system, ensure that the main lock is on the primary door (usually the left door). Measure the edge of your door so that the lock is exactly halfway down, and mark the secondary door in the same place. The secondary door will have the grooves where the locking mechanism will sit, so it’s important that they’re aligned. Install the locking system by use of screws to ensure they won’t move or fall off.

If your rebated doors are internal, and you don’t need a locking system, you’ll need to attach the door handles. For the door handles, you’ll want to make sure that these are aligned on both doors. This is mainly for aesthetic reasons although if you place the handles too high or too low, you’ll add unnecessary pressure to the points of the door where the handles are. This results in potentially shortening the lifespan of your rebated doors.

Rebated doors are often overlooked. Due to pricing and fitting, standard doors are usually the go-to. Rebated doors are an excellent investment and usually, aren’t as costly as you may think!

If you want an eco-efficient door, with added home-security benefits, a rebated door pair is for you.