Kick Plates: What Are They And Four Reasons You Need Them

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What are kick plates and why do you need them? There are four main reasons why you need them. Before we get into those, let’s briefly discuss what they are.

What Are Kick Plates
Kick plates are installed on a door for protection purposes. Having them means the door will be protected from damage. The plates are affixed to the bottom of the door, and they are commonly found on doors where there is a lot of foot traffic. For example, many schools and hospitals install the plates.

The reason they’re installed at the bottom is that they add a layer of protection when a person kicks the door open, hence why they were given the name.

Why Do You Need Kick Plates
There are several reasons why you need them. The top ones are:

1. Protection From Damage
Doors can easily be damaged by your feet. If you are constantly in and out of rooms, then there’s always the chance you will accidentally kick the door too hard, especially if you’re rushing around. In many cases, people have damaged their doors when they have had their hands full because they decided to use their feet to kick the door open. Kick plates serve as a layer of protection.

2. Protection From Pets
Dogs and cats are notorious for scratching at doors or pawing at a door to be let in and out of a room. If you have a dog that is hyper, then you already know they like to run around, and they may have already run into your doors a few times. Your door will be protected from your pets if you have a plate installed on it.

3. Increase Aesthetics
Believe it or not, kick plates can improve the appearance of doors. This is regardless if they are used on commercial doors or residential doors. You can have a plate customized so it blends in well with your door’s design. You’ll be surprised at how much better your doors will look.

4. Prolong The Life Of Your Door
When doors become damaged, then you’ll want to replace them. This can cost a lot of money, especially if you purchase a high-quality door. You can save money in the long run by having kick plates on the doors that you or anyone else uses the most.

Those are the four reasons why you need kick plates. Make sure you take the time to choose the right plates for your doors.