This question is a popular one that rings in the mind of customers. Many find it confusing what a doorstop and a wedge is. Some conclude it is synonymous since they are either called a doorstop or a door wedge. Follow as we clear the air on this! Let’s start with the definition of a door stopper and it’s used.
A door stopper is a fixed or heavy object that keeps a door open, closed or stops it from banging against the wall as a result of opening too wide. It can be a rubber-tipped device attached to a wall to prevent damaging contact between an opened door and the wall. It is a device(such as a wedge) for holding a door open. A doorstop can be either made from wood, rubber, or metal. Their weight varies according to their function, there are normal weight and heavy-duty doorstops. So also they are carved into different shapes and sizes. From the definition we can see some of the uses, the primary use is for keeping the door open to prevent damaging the wall but other uses have raised such as ventilation, noise reduction, etc.
Since we have known what a doorstop is and it’s used, let us see what a wedge or door wedge is.
A wedge is a piece of wood, metal, etc having one thick end and tipping to a thin edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them. A wedge is a triangular-shaped tool, it is a portable inclined plane and one of the six classical simple machines, used to separate two objects or portions of an object, lift up an object, or hold an object in place. It functions by converting force applied to its blunt end unto forces perpendicular to its inclined surface, some examples of wedges are hammers, ax, knives, nails, etc. One of their functions is splitting hard materials. equipment Although a short wedge with a wide-angle may do a job faster, it requires more force than a long wedge with a narrow wedge. It can be made of wood, metal, or plastic. A door wedge is a heavy object shaped to stop the four from swinging too wide.
With the following few definitions, or is obvious that wedges were the first equipment used to hold doors. As technology began to advance, those wedges used as stops were modified, restructured, and repackaged and given a general term ‘ Doorstops’. Wedge is not merely limited to holding doors. In fact, holding the door is a little aspect of what the wedge usage is. Wedges are always heavy due to its function, the pieces were to hold doors in place bringing about the name doorstops. They are split into two simple and double wedges. A door stopper and a chisel is an example of a simple wedge. A door stopper is a wedge because it is a part of the numerous functions of the wedge. One of the many reasons some people call doorstops door wedge.
All door stoppers were formerly known as wedges but when they were being carved for different doors in different shapes, colors and finishes, materials, and weight, they were generally called doorstops. Wedges were seen in industrial places only, as it is heavy it holds heavy doors, but with a rise in injuries caused by the door in residential areas, wedges were used at home. The wedges used as stops then were triangular in shape, tripping over it cause cut and bleeding which add more dangers to the purpose of its function. Then they wedges were restructured and rebuilt into safer shapes with varying weight for different doors, finishes to fit different interiors and sizes.
Several other things we’re taken into consideration when making doorstops such as anti-slip, gripping power, durability, and versatility. Doorstops without anti-slip surfaces tend to slip off the door which would cause a trip hazard in the home. It should have a high gripping power to stay in place when fixed under the door. Durability is when it does not bend or break, as this saves the cost of purchasing new ones, and it being versatile makes it for use in other places such as the windows, cabinets, refrigerator, etc.
Happy right? With the explanations above, we have seen that door stoppers are wedges but not all wedges are door stoppers because the doorstop function is just a minute part of the function of the wedge.