Your wine cellar door is the first thing that your guests see when they come to visit your wine cellar. It should amaze at first glance and leave a long-lasting impression. As aesthetically important as it is, it’s also one of the most vital because it helps your cooling system in sealing in the exact thermal state needed for wine to mature as it should be.
Time Honored Old World Methods Combined with the Latest in the New World
Wine cellar doors should be weather-stripped, insulated and durable enough to avoid warping, which can be prevented if you do the joints properly. The most common types of wood joints are butt, tongue and groove, dado, rabbet, lap, dovetail, mortis and tendon, and miter but the most customarily used is Mortise and Tenon. It has been the technique of choice by woodworkers for centuries because of its simplicity and toughness. It’s also the method used on Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Doors.
Usually, solid wood is used for the door core because easier to customize like hand carved wine cellar doors. Sadly, solid wood is more prone to warping and shrinking. Reinforcing the wood with stiles and rails would only diminish your customization choices.
An option that could be considered for a door core is engineered wood. Unlike solid wood doors that need wide diameter trees, you only need quick growing, small diameter trees to make engineered wood. You can utilize strands, particles or veneers of wood and bond them using certain adhesives. This composite nature is what makes engineered wood so resistant to warping. One kind of engineered wood, which gives much better insulation than normal wood, is Laminated Veneer Lumber or LVL. LVL is made by bonding together multiple layers of thin wood. It is a fairly new technology and only a few manufacturers use this in their custom wine cellar doors.
At Coastal, we take another step and add another layer of solid wood veneer. You can choose from a variety of wood species for the veneer. Aside from lending its essence to the door, this relatively thick veneer allows custom carvings on the wood. This solid wood-LVL combination and the use of Mortise and Tenon joints gives Coastal custom doors the strength of engineered wood, and the beauty of a hand carved wine cellar door.
Doors that Mirror your Personality and Taste
Wine cellar doors are fundamentally stylish exterior doors. It mirrors your personality and lifestyle so you should customize it according to your taste. Carve your family emblem on the wood or etch your company logo on glass and have them framed in wrought iron. You can distress the wood to give it a more weathered or antique look for an old style European feel. Match up your French door with elegant sidelights and transoms. Pick a good stain and finish and there’s no reason your guests wouldn’t be impressed. The possibilities are endless but the point is it should mirror you. Customize your door to show your commitment to your collection and leave a lasting impression on you and your family.
Just don’t forget the main function of your wine cellar door. When using glass, keep in mind to use multi-pane glass, or insulated glass, to take advantage of its anti-condensation properties. Insulated glass keeps moisture vapor from fogging your door window by utilizing a gas-filled layer in between the panes. This sealed-in gas prevents the cold inner glass from making contact with the normally warm outer air, which causes condensation.
Multi-paned glass also allows you to use stained glass which is typically just a single pane of glass. All the additional empty layers give you more space for the kind of designs you would want on your wine cellar door.
Door Bottoms or Door Sweeps?
The design of your wine cellar door must include a threshold system as part of its weather stripping. Sweeps are usually used since they’re easier to install but they tend to drag a lot which is a problem because they’re easily subjected to wear and tear. The use of door bottoms might be the better choice since they’re just popping up or down, there’s no dragging on the floor. It’s a very smart choice especially when you have a carpeted floor on the swing side.
Although door bottoms coupled with thresholds can form quite a seal for your door, door bottoms can as well eliminate the need for a threshold, which is especially useful if you don’t want to see any transitions on your flooring design.
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