Published at Wednesday, 24 July 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Adalhard Böhm.
To finish off, the door is coated in wood veneer. A thin layer of an expensive timber can be used to cover a cheaper hardwood core, keeping costs down. The process also ensures that a consistent colour and grain can be used across all the door panels. Another door frame option is PVC, a heavy-duty plastic reinforced with a steel core. Popular and affordable, it is most often used in glazed patio doors – great for letting in lots of natural light. Aluminium is a practical and lightweight alternative, but not a look that appeals to everyone.
Use at least two coats of good quality exterior grade paint. If your door is engineered and veneered, check first that the paint is suitable for this type of construction. Acrylic latex paint is highly recommended, as it will flex with the timber and help prevent cracking. Choose from matt, satin, semi-gloss or gloss finishes. Allow to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions – normally between four and six hours.
Fibreglass doors are the best for humid conditions. Fibreglass doors can be made to look like natural materials without maintaining the product too much. The only downside to these doors is that they are expensive and if they ever need to be maintained, they require a specialist.
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