When it comes to handling and maintaining our doors, we provide the following recommendations to ensure their longevity and optimal performance:
- Delivery and Storage: Doors should be delivered to the site just prior to installation, after all wet trades have been completed. Upon arrival, stack the doors horizontally on three bearers evenly positioned lengthwise. For doors with glazing apertures, use spacers between leaves to prevent damage to the glazing beads. Store the doors in dark, dry, and dust-free conditions.
- Finishing: If doors are supplied ‘in the white’ (unfinished), it is crucial to undertake finishing immediately upon arrival on site. This includes treating the top and bottom edges. The lippings on the door edges are not sealed, and this should be carried out as soon as possible to protect the door from moisture absorption.
- Central Heating Systems: The rapid testing of central heating systems can have a negative impact on doors and joinery. It is advisable to increase the heating gradually and spread it over a longer period. The goal is to maintain the moisture content of the timber as it was during the manufacturing process.
- Choice of Timber: We strongly recommend that all external doors be manufactured from hardwood timber. We cannot guarantee doors made from softwood for external use. Hardwood is known for its superior stability and ability to withstand the challenges posed by outdoor elements, ensuring long-lasting performance.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure the proper handling, finishing, and care of your doors, prolonging their lifespan and maintaining their optimal condition