Application-Ache - Framing Perfect Doors

Doors are the first impression of the house. From ancient times when doors were a massive affair with large sizes, metal intricate carvings to the modern-day veneered, solid wood doors or flush doors, the beauty of door is incomplete if there are issues with the frames and joints.

Doors are the first impression of the house. From ancient times when doors were a massive affair with large sizes, metal intricate carvings to the modern-day veneered, solid wood doors or flush doors, the beauty of door is incomplete if there are issues with the frames and joints. No matter how articulately the door has been designed, it is the functioning that makes the door solution perfect. A successful wedding of Door with Frame creates a perfect door system.In this issue, SURFACES REPORTER has invited Heinz Moritzhuber, CEO of Coast-to-Coast Designs Pvt. Ltd., for advice related to perfect door solution.

According to the popular practice, Frames are being fixed in the space during the construction process. What are the repercussions of the same?

Yes, frames are being fixed when the construction process is still going on before plastering. Fixing the frame at such an early stage results in wood picking up the moisture since there is a lot of wetness in the building. Even the best seasoned timber wood is no exception. The moisture causes regular shrinkage and swelling of the frame which led to recurring maintenance problems such as irregular finishing, continuous reworking on frame like sanding the bottom area, planning it to match the doors etc which ultimately spoils the quality of the entire system and disturbs your peace of mind as well.

So what should be done in order to get the finest door solution?

Engineered Door frames are a perfect solution. These frames can be fixed like a piece of furniture in the end of the construction process and can save you from lot of troubles. They have no movement between the doors since the measurement is perfect and taken beforehand. Also, the finish that you receive in a factory cannot be replicated at site. It also saves your cash flow since they are installed after the construction process and doesn’t block your investment. Off lately, the trend is of fixing the door frames during the construction process. So in case of a builder, who is developing 60,000 flats at one time, he gets his money blocked for the entire duration. But with the engineered frames, the cash flow is better and the end product which comes is also satisfactory in terms of quality and designs. Another quality of engineered door frames is that they can be changed anytime depending upon your choice and requirements which gives you complete design flexibility with almost no trouble of maintenance at all.

What are the common problems that come when the frame doesn’t match with the door or poorly installed?

At many sites where the system is not upto the mark, most of the time the joints between wall and frame break which requires reframing. Then the problem of shrinkage or swelling arises, so one has to do sanding and finishing every year. If it’s a wide frame, then the wood  is also endangered to crack. There is also a danger of decreasing of the hinge holding capacity of the wood due to continuous shrinking and swelling caused by wetness of improper frames. Therefore, in order to save from the trouble, one, the measurements should be perfect and second, a system should be installed to cover the joints between the wall and door frame because these joints will always be on the verge of breaking as there are two different materials with two different movements and whenever you close the door, there is a thrush on these joints which puts enough stress on them to break sooner or later.

Solid Wood is said to be the perfect material for the frame. How does it help in ensuring a perfect workable door?

I wouldn’t say that solid wood is a perfect solution except for the Teak wood. If teak is properly seasoned, it has the property not to move too much. So if you are keeping it in the bottom area of the frame then you will be spared from the reworking of doors and frames in the rainy season.

What should be done to save the door and frame from changing weather conditions?

Except the teak wood, all the other woods will shrink or swell so there is practically no respite. The only solution to save your doors and frames from the changing weather condition is you should increase the bottom depth and keep a bigger gap between the door and the frame.

“Engineered Door frames are a perfect solution. These frames can be fixed like a piece of furniture in the end of the construction process and can save you from lot of troubles. They have no movement between the doors since the measurement is perfect and taken beforehand. Also, the finish that you receive in a factory cannot be replicated at site. It also saves your cash flow since they are installed after the construction is done.”

Austrian woodworking expert Heinz Moritzhuber is instrumental in designing and perfecting doors by Coast to Coast Designs, a brand which offers more than 130 varieties of ready-made doors in different colours, sizes, varieties and is counted among the biggest wood resellers of the country. Also, known for engineered frames, the brand has an ultra-modern factory near New Delhi to manufacture doors and door frames. For advice related to Doors, you can contact the Surfaces Reporter’s Doors expert at press@surfaces.in.

The project was first published in Surfaces Reporter January 2015 issue. Stay tuned for more info!

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