In a Blog I posted in July I discussed the engineered construction of timber doors and how the real wood veneers were laid. I thought I would follow up with some information about how the quality of external doors is effected by the thickness of the veneers and importantly how an external doors life can be extended.
Many timber doors are made to give the customer an economic benefit and may have a minimum wood veneer thickness of 0.3mm. A high quality door supplier will give the customer important information in their Terms and Conditions and it is very important that these are read and adhered to. Often it is suggested that an external timber door should be under a canopy for added protection along with the necessary number of coatings of a recommended finish. These guidelines are very important, particularly for Oak external doors where it is always recommended to use a finish with a tint which protects the door from ultraviolet damage.
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If a customer prefers not to follow the instructions and a problem occurs, then the guarantee will become void. Look for an quality external door with a minimum 3mm veneer if purchasing an Oak veneered external door as this will provide a superior surface. Nevertheless, it is always essential to apply the recommended coats and type of finish on any timber door and before any moisture is present. The door should be treated with the first two coats, including top and bottom edges, before temporarily hanging, then after locks and hinges have been cut out the total recommended coats should be applied to these areas then more to the door as prescribed. This may all sound to be a big process but will be worth it and with occasional maintenance the door will stay as beautiful as the day it was fitted. Remember timber is a natural product and should be treated with care and respect and will give years of service, remember Upvc doors loose there new appearance soon after fitting and do not have the superior proportions of timber doors.
Note: If you are having the door fitted by your chosen professional make sure they are aware of the terms and conditions also and if they have purchased the door on your behalf the sale agreement is between them and the door company.
Having said all this Check out our Mega External Oak Doors which have a 3mm veneer.