Internal doors – tips from the timber experts – JELD-WEN

Internal doors are often a forgotten feature in specifying building materials, but the look and quality of this functional finishing touch can make a huge difference to the end result of a project. Chris Miller, doors product manager at JELD-WEN discusses

The huge range of internal doors in today’s market means that regardless of the budget and scale of build there’s a suitable product for every project. In addition to being functional and compliant, timber doors are more frequently being used to provide a stylish finish to a property, while still offering superior performance.

Benefits of timber

Architects have long realised the style potential of opting for timber doors throughout a project. Timber not only looks great – as we preserve the wood’s natural appearance throughout the construction process, but it also offers fantastic energy-saving credentials and long-term value too. Quality timber products offer enhanced durability and reduced maintenance, which makes them an ideal choice for achieving a desired look or specific design.

The huge range of internal doors in today’s market means that regardless of the budget and scale of build there’s a suitable product for every project. In addition to being functional and compliant, timber doors are more frequently being used to provide a stylish finish to a property, while still offering superior performance. Benefits of timber Architects have long realised the style potential of opting for timber doors throughout a project. Timber not only looks great – as we preserve the wood’s natural appearance throughout the construction process, but it also offers fantastic energy-saving credentials and long-term value too. Quality timber products offer enhanced durability and reduced maintenance, which makes them an ideal choice for achieving a desired look or specific design. Style with substance Investing in timber internal doors can provide a stylish finish to any building and the trend for oak doors is continuing. Oak doors enjoy aesthetic appeal and come in both finished and unfinished formats, lending themselves to paint, stain or varnish. Veneer doors are another example of how internal doors can add value to any project. Long-known for durability and a non-scratch finish, real wood veneer doors are available with different core options including heavyweight, meaning they are extremely versatile, as well as offering enhanced insulation and are excellent for reducing sound transmission. Glazed doors offer an alternative way to bring light into rooms and create different effects. Glazed Internal folding sliding doors enable light to pass between rooms and provide a great space-saving solution that adds distinctive character. Internal folding sliding doors enable one room to transform into two, giving the option to fully open the doors or to use a single door leaf for day-to-day access between rooms. By opting for a room fold system that has no bottom track or guide, seamless room to room flooring is created. Opting for doorsets can also really enhance a project. Designed to make installation quicker and easier, doorsets are supplied as a finished unit, meaning that minimal amount of adjustment or alignment is required during installation. Produced using state-of-the-art machinery, a cleaner, sharper finish is achieved with uniform lock and hinge positions, without any of the tell-tale marks of hanging by hand.

Door hardware – getting the basics right

When specifying door ironmongery, there are five essential elements to consider: hanging, operating, closing, locking and protecting the door. For each element there are various ironmongery options that benefit both design and installation. Chrome is an ever-popular hardware choice, as it can be used on doors and windows to instantly create a co-ordinated look throughout the property. Fire doors save lives With so much focus on style, it’s crucial that properties are compliant with the latest fire regulations too. Fire doors are a crucial part of the passive fire protection for every commercial, public and multiple occupancy buildings and in some instances for domestic properties. Fire doors are designed to save lives and minimise property damage by reducing the rate at which fire spreads through a building, but it is the correct fitting and fireproof fixings that are crucial in making sure that they are reliable. Fire doors are available in a range of ratings to indicate their level of fire resistance. FD30 doors represent the minimum rating, providing 30 minutes fire resistance, with higher specification FD60 60 minute fire doors available, which offer additional time and further protection. Fire safety has had a reputation in the past for compromising aesthetics in order to maximise safety -a myth which we’ve been working hard to dispel. As fire doors are typically thicker than standard doors, trade professionals are often forced to replace both the door and the door frame, adding to the complexity and cost of the project.Investing in timber internal doors can provide a stylish finish to any building and the trend for oak doors is continuing. Oak doors enjoy aesthetic appeal and come in both finished and unfinished formats, lending themselves to paint, stain or varnish. Veneer doors are another example of how internal doors can add value to any project. Long-known for durability and a non-scratch finish, real wood veneer doors are available with different core options including heavyweight, meaning they are extremely versatile, as well as offering enhanced insulation and are excellent for reducing sound transmission. Glazed doors offer an alternative way to bring light into rooms and create different effects. Glazed Internal folding sliding doors enable light to pass between rooms and provide a great space-saving solution that adds distinctive character. Internal folding sliding doors enable one room to transform into two, giving the option to fully open the doors or to use a single door leaf for day-to-day access between rooms. By opting for a room fold system that has no bottom track or guide, seamless room to room flooring is created. Opting for doorsets can also really enhance a project. Designed to make installation quicker and easier, doorsets are supplied as a finished unit, meaning that minimal amount of adjustment or alignment is required during installation. Produced using state-of-the-art machinery, a cleaner, sharper finish is achieved with uniform lock and hinge positions, without any of the tell-tale marks of hanging by hand. Door hardware – getting the basics right When specifying door ironmongery, there are five essential elements to consider: hanging, operating, closing, locking and protecting the door. For each element there are various ironmongery options that benefit both design and installation. Chrome is an ever-popular hardware choice, as it can be used on doors and windows to instantly create a co-ordinated look throughout the property.

Fire doors save lives

With so much focus on style, it’s crucial that properties are compliant with the latest fire regulations too. Fire doors are a crucial part of the passive fire protection for every commercial, public and multiple occupancy buildings and in some instances for domestic properties. Fire doors are designed to save lives and minimise property damage by reducing the rate at which fire spreads through a building, but it is the correct fitting and fireproof fixings that are crucial in making sure that they are reliable. Fire doors are available in a range of ratings to indicate their level of fire resistance. FD30 doors represent the minimum rating, providing 30 minutes fire resistance, with higher specification FD60 60 minute fire doors available, which offer additional time and further protection. Fire safety has had a reputation in the past for compromising aesthetics in order to maximise safety -a myth which we’ve been working hard to dispel. As fire doors are typically thicker than standard doors, trade professionals are often forced to replace both the door and the door frame, adding to the complexity and cost of the project.