Doors

Some information – mostly useful, some fun – about doors.

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Ideas for Fathers Day: 16th June 2013

Relax in a new styled bedroom on Fathers Day. As a surprise perhaps the lady wife or partner could decorate a chilled out space with new oak doors & grey painted walls, to add a soft ambiance to a adults only space.

Or perhaps just buy a token Internal door to start the idea rolling.

Or just enough time to decorate before June Deadline.

A gift voucher & a pot of paint would be a quick solution

 

Check out our contemporary front doors.

The Copenhagen & Stockholm DOORS-TODAY-28Oak front doors with sandblasted glass panels are on special offer until end May. Having a spring clean to include a new entrance door or door with sidelights, there has never been a better time than now. Our team can also pre-finish & pre-hang the doors for you, spring really has sprung .

 

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If you are thinking of having new doors in your home, or if you are building a new home or extension then pre-hung doors might be the answer for you.

doorpair1What is a Pre-Hung Door?

A pre-hung door is exactly what it says it is! It is a door that has already been hung in a door frame. It usually includes the following:

  • Doorframe
  • Door Hinges
  • Door Handles
  • Letterplate
  • Threshold
  • Cill
  • Night latch
  • Deadlock

 

 

External pre-hung door sets can also include any combination of toplights and sidelights

When should I use a Pre-hung Door?

Surprisingly enough pre-hung doors are often much easier to install.

Reasons to consider a prehung door:

  • If it is a new door way – a new home or an extension with no existing doorframe
  • DIY Project – Fitting doors into frames is a specialist task and replacing a doorframe will probably prove to be a lot easier
  • If the existing doorframe needs to be removed
  • There is no need for specialist equipment to plane doors and fit perfectly matching hinges to door and frame
  • To ensure a perfect fit- prehung doors are a perfect fit into their frames guaranteeing weather tightness for external doors and improving soundproofing for internal doors
  • Professional finish – Door handles, locks and letterplates all pre-fitted to professional standards

A word of caution to the DIYer- prehung doors can be pretty cumbersome and although a lot easier to install than fitting a new door into an existing frame, still requires some skill. If in doubt, get a builder to install it for you – it probably will still be less costly than getting a specialist door fitter to fit a door into an existing frame. When pricing pre-hung door sets be aware that, in most cases the price of the pre-hung door set does NOT include the door or any additional sidelights or toplights! This is because the cost of doors is so variable – a solid oak door with frosted glazing is going to cost far more than a hardwood door with no glazing. The total cost will be the pre-hung door set plus the cost of the door.

Pre-hung door sets are used extensively by architects and professional builders in new builds, and are now available to smaller builders for home-improvement projects.

Pre-hung or not we hope the installation of your new doors is straightforward and satisfactory.

 

Re-decorating, or renovating our homes can be an expensive and time-consuming commitment. It usually involves repainting, replacing a bathroom or kitchen, or even buying a new lounge suite. The one thing we often overlook is the internal doors.

Internal doors can give a home a totally new and different feel, taking it from ordinary to extraordinary in a matter of hours. Here are some images of our favourite doors for 2013. We hope  you love them too.

Best4Doors Walnut Flush Franquette

Best4Doors Walnut Flush Franquette

Best4Doors Simply Oak Sherwood

Best4Doors Simply Oak Sherwood

Best4Doors Royale Modern R03-3V

Best4Doors Royale Modern R03-3V

Best4Doors River Oak Cottage Yoxall

Best4Doors River Oak Cottage Yoxall

Best4Doors Montana Rushmore

Best4Doors Montana Rushmore

Best4Doors Inspiration Harmony

Best4Doors Inspiration Harmony

Best4Doors Empire Honduras

Best4Doors Empire Honduras

Best4Doors Eco Flush Wenge

Best4Doors Eco Flush Wenge

Best4Doors Churchillian Blenheim

Best4Doors Churchillian Blenheim

Best4Doors Zodiac Flush Libra

Best4Doors Zodiac Flush Libra

Best4Doors Calypso Montserrat

Best4Doors Calypso Montserrat

Stylish kitchen door

Stylish kitchen door

After spending so much time and effort in choosing the right door, we sometimes overlook the surrounding area. There are so many ways to improve entryways to make your doorways truly stunning.

 

 Becky Harris from Houzz has written this article offering some real inspiration for giving doorways the wow factor, and turn all those odd corners and nook and crannies into real features. Read her article here, and we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you love.

Open up to the possibilities for improved entryway storage, seating and architectural interest by considering the corners.

Ending the old year and starting a new one is like closing one door and opening another. So why not do just that?

The weather outside is frightful, and the jobs to do out there will be piling up, ready for the warmer weather. So why not take advantage of the time indoors and give your home a make-over by changing your internal doors.

Best4Doors have just introduced the Empire range of internal doors for 2013.

This moulded oak range is stylish and sleek. The names, Honduras, Burma, Ceylon and Rhodesia conjure up an image of a by-gone era when life was less hectic. This range of doors incorporates a variety of woods, using contrasting inlays and panels to create an expensive, but not ostentatious look. Well-priced, these doors will add a contemporary elegance to any home.

Even if you’re not ready to replace any of the doors in your home, have a look at these new ranges and imagine a time when life was simpler, more tranquil……….and a lot warmer!

Empire RhodesiaOak Door with Oak Grooves and Ash Inlay

Empire Rhodesia
Oak Door with Oak Grooves and Ash Inlay

Honduras Internal DoorBeech stiles with oak centre panel and walnut castellated grooves.

Honduras Internal Door
Beech stiles with oak centre panel and walnut castellated grooves.

Ceylon Internal Door Oak finish with oak grooves and ash inlays.

Ceylon Internal Door
Oak finish with oak grooves and ash inlays.

Burma Internal Door Beech stiles with ash panel and walnut castellated grooves, with glazed centre panel.

Burma Internal Door
Beech stiles with ash panel, walnut grooves and glazed centre panel.

 

If you are thinking of having new doors in your home, or if you are building a new home or extension then pre-hung doors might be the answer for you.

doorpair1What is a Pre-Hung Door?

A pre-hung door is exactly what it says it is! It is a door that has already been hung in a door frame. It usually includes the following:

  • Doorframe
  • Door Hinges
  • Door Handles
  • Letterplate
  • Threshold
  • Cill
  • Night latch
  • Deadlock

 

 

External pre-hung door sets can also include any combination of toplights and sidelights

When should I use a Pre-hung Door?

Surprisingly enough pre-hung doors are often much easier to install.

Reasons to consider a prehung door:

  • If it is a new door way – a new home or an extension with no existing doorframe
  • DIY Project – Fitting doors into frames is a specialist task and replacing a doorframe will probably prove to be a lot easier
  • If the existing doorframe needs to be removed
  • There is no need for specialist equipment to plane doors and fit perfectly matching hinges to door and frame
  • To ensure a perfect fit- prehung doors are a perfect fit into their frames guaranteeing weather tightness for external doors and improving soundproofing for internal doors
  • Professional finish – Door handles, locks and letterplates all pre-fitted to professional standards

A word of caution to the DIYer- prehung doors can be pretty cumbersome and although a lot easier to install than fitting a new door into an existing frame, still requires some skill. If in doubt, get a builder to install it for you – it probably will still be less costly than getting a specialist door fitter to fit a door into an existing frame. When pricing pre-hung door sets be aware that, in most cases the price of the pre-hung door set does NOT include the door or any additional sidelights or toplights! This is because the cost of doors is so variable – a solid oak door with frosted glazing is going to cost far more than a hardwood door with no glazing. The total cost will be the pre-hung door set plus the cost of the door.

Pre-hung door sets are used extensively by architects and professional builders in new builds, and are now available to smaller builders for home-improvement projects.

Pre-hung or not we hope the installation of your new doors is straightforward and satisfactory.

 

If you are unsure about the state of your door, and are concerned that it might not be up to the requirements expected by your insurers, reading through this guide will give you a better idea of the security requirements for your doors.

Every item you install on your door should conform to British Standard 3621.

Frames
Before you give consideration to anything, make sure your door frames are sturdy enough to prevent potential break-ins. No matter how many locks you install, without a sturdy frame, they will all be useless. A minimum of 44mm (13/4″) thickness is required, and it should be hung on at least three 100mm (4″) hinges. If your door has decorative aspects, these parts can be a minimum of 9mm (1/3″) thick.

Locks
Your door will require a minimum of two locks. One lock should be a rim latch (Yale type). The other should be a five lever mortice deadlock ideally, but insurance companies tend to accept rim automatic deadlocks too. The locks should be placed 45 to 60cm (18 – 24″) apart. Timber frames should be securely bolted to the walls every 600mm (23″).

Letterbox
If you have a letterbox fixed to your front door, it is required to be at least 400mm away from the door lock, and nowhere near the bottom rail of the door, to prevent the theft of mail.

Viewer and Chain
Installing a door viewer into your door will allow you to be able to deal with callers without compromising your security. They are incredibly effective when one is suspicious of a caller’s intentions. Installing a door chain will achieve similar security.

Insurance
Obviously, insurance requirements will vary depending on many other factors such as the crime rate of your area, but without taking these basic security precautions, you are not only leaving yourself at risk from burglary, but you also risk not being covered by your insurance should you find yourself victim to burglary.

The staff at Best4Doors will be happy to help you understand the requirements of your particular insurance company.

Imperial to Metric

INCHES
METRIC mm
FEET & inches
12
306
1′
15
381
1′ 3″
18
457
1′ 6″
21
533
1′ 9″
24
610
2′
27
686
2′ 3″
28
711
2′ 4″
30
762
2′ 6″
32
813
2′ 8″
33
838
2′ 9″
34
863
2′ 10″
36
914
3′
42
1067
3′ 6″
48
1220
4′
HEIGHT
72
1829
6′
78
1981
6′ 6″
80
2032
6′ 8″
81
2057
6′ 9″
82
2083
6’10”
84
2134
7′

Metric to Imperial

METRIC mm SIZES INCHES
526 20 3/4″
626 24 5/8″
726 28 5/8″
826 32 1/2″
926 36 1/2″
HEIGHT
2040 80 1/4″

PLEASE NOTE:( All Exterior & Interior Doors Should Be Treated Before Fitting The Door.)

For your reference, below is a précis of the widely published Sikkens finishing instructions which is for practical guidance only and not intended to be promoted as being “de jure”. The acclaimed Sikkens range, produced by global chemicals giant Akzo Nobel and widely available from retail stores throughout the UK and ROI, comprises microporous, clear and translucent woodstains and opaque paints, The key advantage of using Sikkens microporous, or “breathable” products, is the finish will not peel, crack, deteriorate or suffer from premature erosion of the film if the decorative finish is correctly maintained.

For optimum protection, each door leaf should undergo an intensive 3 stage finishing process. In respect of Oak and Hardwood timber species, the first stage involves the use of Cetol HLS Plus Base Coat, which is comprehensively applied to all surfaces of the door, to ensure maximum protection. Stage 2 involves completely sealing the end grain of the wood at the top and bottom of the door stiles and at all joints with Sikkens special Kodrin products. Finally, two coats of Top Coat should be applied to all surfaces, which in respect of Oak doors is clear Cetol Filter 7 and in respect of Hardwood doors is Cetol Filter 7 translucent.

The final result, is a fantastic, durable finish, which affords superior protection and enhances the door’s aesthetic appearance.

Depending on location and weather conditions, Oak doors will typically require re-coating every 12 months, whereas it is recommended re-coating Hardwood doors every two to five years, but it is also important to check the finish every six months, and re-coat as necessary, to properly maintain the decorative finish. Please note that the clear finishes offer comparatively less UV protection than Sikkens translucent woodstains or opaque paints, which contain more pigment and therefore afford better protection against UV. Consequently, Oak doors require re-coating more regularly than Hardwood doors, in order to maintain the integrity of the protective finish, so if longer maintenance schedules are preferred, any colour from the Sikkens Filter 7 Translucent range is recommended.