Monthly Archives: July 2012

If your door is beginning to look a little worse for wear, or you are about to install a brand new door, it must be properly treated. External wooden doors are exposed to damage from the elements – sun, wind, rain and extreme temperature changes – and must be treated to prevent this damage. Untreated doors can become swollen, warped or cracked, which not only make the doors unsightly, but also can cause it to stop functioning properly. Painting or sealing a door can be a simple task but must be done correctly.

Here are some tips on making the process as easy and effective as possible:

Whether you are painting, sealing or varnishing your door, there are a few basic rules. Ensure that all cracks and holes have been filled and sanded smooth. Existing doors should have all the door furniture – handles, locks etc – removed if possible. The door should be detached from the frame and place in a well ventilated area for working on.

Paint

  • Make sure your door is smooth. Peeling flakes of paint can cause imperfections in the second layer of paint you apply. If there are any lumps or flakes, sand them down before you set about applying your new coat of paint.
  • If you are painting a wooden door, you should apply primer to the woodwork before you begin applying paint, giving the primer or sealant plenty of time to dry too.
  • If you are happy that your door is properly sealed and dried, you can begin painting. You ought to apply an undercoat if you are painting directly over old paintwork. This will prevent discolouration. Apply as many layers as suggested by the paint manufacturers.

Sealant or Varnish

  • If you choose to stain your wooden door, then this must be done prior to applying any sealant. Stain alone will not offer protection, and a good quality varnish or sealant must be used once the stain has dried. If you are applying sealant, you must apply it directly to the wood. This means that if you are changing your door from painted to natural wood, you must remove all the paint before you apply the sealant.
  • It is best to use a lighter finish for doors that will be directly exposed to regular sunlight. Dark colours absorb more heat, and damage can be caused to the door after a lengthy exposure to sunlight.
  • Apply as many coats as recommended by manufacturer, but leave ample time for each coat to dry before applying the next layer. The same applies to paints.
  • Once the sealant has dried, you should notice a slight rough feel of the door. This is just a sign that the sealant has worked effectively, and any noticeably uneven areas can be sanded down.

Painting or sealing your door can add years to the life of the door, and if done thoroughly with a good quality paint or varnish it will last for many years.

The appeal of wooden doors is should never be overlooked. Many people tend to opt for PVC over wooden doors, without carefully considering the benefits of having wooden doors. Wooden doors, when installed properly, are durable, attractive and can give you years of reliability.

Wood is a sturdy, yet warm material that is a natural choice for external doors. Their sturdiness makes wooden doors great for protection against extreme weather conditions. If you are inside while a storm rages on outside, you might be thankful for having a wooden door, as they provide excellent heat insulation. They also provide great protection against noise pollution. A flimsy PVC door will let a lot more cold and noise through, especially in extreme weather conditions.

Wooden doors, particularly external doors, are available in a wide range of styles, and a wooden door will reflect the personality of your home so much better than any other material. While most wooden doors will be external, there is always the option to install internal wooden doors too, and these also offer a varied range, making the scope of individual preference huge. Wooden French doors and patio doors are the perfect way to bring the outdoors in, and they add a sense of elegance to your home that simply cannot be achieved with other materials.

There is a natural warmth to wood that that PVC and other materials lack. The natural grain of wood ensures that every door is individual, helping to make your home feel less impersonal, more warm and friendly. Wooden doors are particularly attractive in more traditional style homes, although the right style can be just as effective in homes with a more modern feel.

The benefits of installing wooden doors not only offer better protection and insulation, but also add value to your property too. Therefore wooden doors and should be considered not only an attractive option in the short-term, but also a long term investment.

Traditionally, a French door or casement door was a hinged door made of glass panes set in a wooden frame. The panes of glass varied in size; some with large panes, some with small panes, and some highly decorated. The glass in French doors can be beveled, etched or textured in some manner, or simply left smooth.
Homeowners choose French doors to add a touch of class and sophistication to a home. The glass makes an attractive feature, and it allows more natural light to enter the room, and in some cases gives a feeling of almost being outdoors. Modern French doors use a variety of different types of glass and glazing, ensuring that heat loss and safety are no longer an issue with these doors.
French Doors are now available in a variety of options, and which one you choose is largely due to personal taste; what you think looks best, and is most practical for your home.

  • Traditional Hinged Casement Doors – when one thinks of French doors, it is usually as a set of double patio doors opening into the garden, or perhaps separating two living areas. This traditional French door is still a very popular choice with homeowners. This door is best used where space is not a concern, or perhaps in a particularly traditional setting
  • Sliding doors – An attractive option if you want a door that is easy to open, and not going to protrude into any other area. Sliding doors provide a sleek clean look to your patio area, and can be installed as one large door sliding either left to right, or 2 doors sliding left and right from the centre.
  • Bi-fold French Doors – A combination of a folding and sliding door. A great alternative to hinged or sliding doors where space is a consideration, this door offers a much larger opening than traditional French doors. These doors are extremely easy to open and close, using a simple track running along the panels. Bi-fold doors are also far more versatile, as they can be joined together in a variety of different configurations, and can usually be manufactured to provide an even or odd number of doors. Bifold doors can also be easily arranged to be partially open if necessary, thereby offering more flexibility on the amount of space required.

Whatever your decision, we feel sure that a wooden French door is a worthwhile investment; it will not only add value to your property, but enhance the look of your home for years to come.

I read somewhere that door handles are the “handshake of your home”. Door handles come in such a bewildering array of styles, sizes and materials that you need to give careful consideration to what’s best for your doors.

Style
First of all you want to find a style that complements your home. Is your home very sleek and modern? Do you prefer grand designs or something cosy and cottagey? Have a good look at your décor, and of course your doors before making this decision. Of course, if you are not replacing all the door handles in your home then you need to choose something that blends in with the existing door handles.

Cost
Cost is often a major factor, and door handles can vary enormously in price. Try to get the best you can within your budget – you don’t want to replace them again too soon, and they usually have to withstand a lot of use! So, make sure you’ve chosen the best door handles you can afford, and ones that you can live with for a long time.

Maintenance
How much maintenance is your door furniture going to need? Are you going to be able to devote the time to cleaning a finicky brass pattern clean, or are you an easy maintenance person. Exterior door handles will need to be a lot sturdier, and made to withstand the elements.

Needs
Also, do you have children, or perhaps a family member with arthritis or any other condition that makes turning handles a bit tricky? Do you prefer a traditional door knob, even if it is slightly more difficult to turn? Will the door need to be locked? Not all interior doors need locks.

Door Type
When we say ‘door handle’ we usually mean it as a blanket term for ‘door handles, door knobs and door levers’.
Traditional hinged doors will probably need a lever or door knob, while sliding doors or bi-fold doors will be better off with a handle.

Fitting
Once you’ve gone to the trouble and expense of getting door handles that you like, don’t skimp on having them installed correctly. Carefully consider your diy skills before fitting them yourself, and if you do need to have them fitted by a professional, make sure you consider this cost in your initial budget.

Good luck with your new doors, and don’t forget to consider any other door furniture such as locks, letter flaps and weather strips when you buy your new door handles.