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Pre-hung vs Slab Doors: What's The Difference and Which is Better?


Are you in the market for a new door and need to make a decision? Or just curious about the difference between pre-hung and slab doors? Either way this blog will help you out!


Each type of door has its own advantages and disadvantages, at the end of the day it generally comes down to your preferences and what you need. Let us explain the difference between pre-hung and slab doors as well as each type’s pros and cons. Read on for a clearer picture that may help you make a well-informed decision.


What’s The Difference?


Pre-hung Doors


Pre-hung doors are usually sold as the “complete package” by manufacturers. These doors come already installed to a door frame. Pre-hung doors are easier to install and are shipped “ready to go” to make the installation job easier and quicker compared to other door types. These doors are generally much heavier to handle - especially when you get a pre-hung exterior door which usually has a heavier/higher-density door core.



Slab Doors


Slab doors are doors that are supplied without the frame or hinges. They are simply just the door, which means you will have to purchase the frame, hinges, and everything else you may need separately. The installation of these doors may take additional effort and time, but the possibilities open up in terms of design, placement, and customisability.



Pros & Cons


Like most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of which door is better, pre-hung or slab. Both types of doors have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Let’s take a look at each door’s pros and cons:


Pre-hung Door Pros


Easy installation: Seeing that pre-hung doors come pre-installed with hinges and a door frame, it results in a hassle free installation process of the door.


Shipped with all necessary hardware: Pre-hung doors come with hinges and a three-sided frame already installed, you just need to pick out your handle, plate and lock (you’ll also need the glass for a door that requires it).


Wide Variety: Pre-hung doors, although limited in some aspects regarding style and customisation, do come in quite a wide variety of different styles and materials to suit your needs.


Energy efficient and well sealed: Most pre-hung doors are designed to be energy efficient with features such as weatherstripping and insulation. They are also designed to seal very well - blocking air and water from leaking into your home.



Pre-hung Door Cons


Expensive:  Due to pre-hung doors being made with high-quality materials and coming with pre-installed hardware, they tend to be more expensive than other door options - especially if you look at doors with additional features such as custom materials etc.


Heavier than other doors: Seeing that pre-hung doors come pre-assembled with a door frame they can be much heavier than regular doors, thus making them more difficult to handle when you’re DIY-ing alone - that being said, we do recommend hiring a professional to help you install your doors.


Lacking in terms of design freedom: Pre-hung doors are generally less flexible in terms of customisation and design than slab doors are.



Slab Door Pros


Less Expensive: Due to the fact that slab doors do not come packaged with any additional hardware, they tend to be cheaper than pre-hung doors.


Lighter and easier to handle: Slab doors are purchased as just a door alone, which means that the whole item (the door) is much lighter and easier to handle than pre-hung doors. Certain types of wood weigh more than others, which means that the door you select may still be too heavy to handle by yourself.


More flexible regarding design and customisation: Due to slab doors not being constricted by the stain, paint, frame etc. - which is already installed with pre-hung doors - you can do a lot more design and custom work by yourself to ensure that the door matches your home and your vision.



Slab Door Cons


More difficult installation process: The installation of slab doors tends to be more complicated than that of pre-hung doors seeing that you are going to have to do the bulk of the work - from adding a finish to the door to installing the door frame and hardware.


Requires additional hardware: Slab doors do not come packaged with any additional hardware. You will thus need to purchase the hardware you need separately, such as: a door frame, door handles and strike plates, door locks, etc.


May need professional help and modifications: For those uncomfortable with a DIY project of this scale, you will require professional assistance, which will add to the overall cost of the project. Professional help may also be required when the door slab is too large for your doorway or door frame, as it will have to be cut to size and treated afterwards.






Pre-hung Doors

Slab Doors

Ease Of Installation


Complicated and more difficult


Packaged with all necessary hardware (excluding handles and locks)

All hardware needs to be purchased separately


Moderate variety of styles and materials (lacking in design and customisation variety)

Wide variety of styles, materials, design possibilities and customisation options

Energy Efficient Features

Generally energy efficient and sealed

May not be energy efficient or well sealed, depending on your installation


More expensive

Less expensive


Heavier and more difficult to handle

Lighter and easier to handle



Ultimately, the better door is the one that suits your goals, budget and your taste. As established above, both pre-hung and slab doors have their own set of pros and cons which means that both solve unique problems. For example, if you’re looking for a fast and easy job, then the pre-hung would likely be better for you. Similarly, if you want a fully customised door and don't mind the extra effort, a slab door would likely be your best choice.


Regardless of the type of door you select, ensure that you do your research and speak to a professional if necessary. This will ensure that you get the right door for your needs. We also  recommend that you consider hiring a professional to help you install your door, regardless of the type of door you choose. For more information on door-related topics, please check out our other blogs.

How To Fix & Prevent Warped Wooden Doors



Warped wooden doors are a somewhat common issue in many homes. Warped doors can be a frustrating nuisance, but luckily there are ways to fix a warped door, and there are ways to prevent wooden doors from warping in the first place.This blog will serve as your guide for fixing your warped door, and ultimately preventing any warping in the future.



What Causes A Door To Warp?


Changes In Humidity: Wood is a hygroscopic material, which basically means that it absorbs moisture out of the air. When the humidity in a wooden door’s environment is particularly high, it will absorb more moisture and swell. When the humidity is low, the door will lose moisture and shrink. This can cause wooden doors to warp - especially when the humidity in the environment changes from high to low (and vice versa) suddenly.


Extreme Heat: Heat causes materials, like wood, to expand. This can cause wooden doors to warp when, for example, one side is exposed to heat while the other side remains cool in comparison, the door will warp towards the hotter side.


Improper Finishing: What does a good finish do for a wooden door? It adds durability to the door, it makes it look beautiful for longer, but most importantly, it protects from the elements. A wooden door without a proper finish will thus be more exposed to moisture and heat, and will be more prone to warping,


Bad Construction With Poor Materials: Poor construction will leave a door with many weak points that will be exploited by humidity and heat. Using poor wood that isn’t properly seasoned (dried for a sufficient amount of time) will also result in a door that is more prone to warping - properly seasoned wood is also less likely to be attacked by pests and fungi.


How To Fix Your Warped Doors


Step 1 - Identify The Warp

Take a look at your door and examine the extent of the warp. It will either be bowing, cupping, or twisting. After you’re done examining your door, remove it from its hinges with a screwdriver and take the door to your working station.


Step 2 - Apply Moisture

Dampen the side of the door that is convex (curving outward). Use a damp or wet cloth. The moisture should help relax the wood fibres within your door. Leave your door in a cool, dry area for a few days so that it can acclimate to the new moisture level.


Step 3 - Apply Pressure

Start by laying your door down on a flat, clean, even surface with the concave side (the side curving inward) facing upward. Apply wood glue to the concave side of the door (you only need to apply the glue to the areas affected by the warp). Clamp the door to the surface it is on - these clamps need to be along the warp to apply even pressure. Tighten your clamps until the door straightens out. Allow the door to remain clamped for at least 24 hours so that the glue can set and the door can regain its shape.


Step 4 - Sand & Finish (Optional)

When you have given the door enough time to regain its original shape, you can remove the clamps and begin sanding it down to remove any residue left by the glue. Start with a heavy grit and gradually work your way to the finer grit sandpapers to remove any imperfections on the surface of the door. After you have completed sanding down your wooden door, you can paint it or apply a wood finish (which will help protect the door from warping again in the future).


Step 5 - Hang Your Door

After you have completed the steps listed above, you can hang your door on its hinges, ensuring that it swings smoothly.



How To Prevent Warp In Wooden Doors


Here are a few tips to avoid your wooden doors from warping in the first place, or to avoid them warping again.


Use A High-Quality Wood: When purchasing a wooden door or building one yourself, we recommend investing in quality, well-seasoned wood seeing that it will minimise the risk of warping. Some great types of wood that are more resistant to warping than other woods is; Mahogany, Oak, Maple, Cherry, and Walnut.


Proper Installation: Ensure that your wooden door is installed correctly, meaning it needs even and sufficient support and appropriate clearance. If your door has proper support and isn't being damaged every time it opens or closes by hitting a wall. Roof, step etc. it will go much longer without getting a warp since it should keep it’s strength and durability.


Seal & Finish: Apply a protective sealant or wood finish to protect your door from moisture infiltration and heat to some extent.


Control Humidity: Using a humidifier in dry conditions and a dehumidifier in humid conditions will help you keep a consistent climate with regard to humidity. Inconsistent humidity levels are one of the core causes for warps in wooden doors. This tip is more applicable to internal doors since it will be very difficult to control what your external doors are subject to from the outside environment.


Regular Maintenance: It is recommended that you inspect your doors frequently so that you can address any issues promptly. Doing so will ensure that your doors get the attention they need before warping.





In sum, warped wooden doors are a common issue that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as changes in humidity, extreme heat, improper finishing, and poor construction. While warped wooden doors can be frustrating, they can be fixed and prevented with the right care and attention. If you have a warped wooden door, the first step is to identify the warp, and follow the steps in this blog to fix it. The steps involve applying moisture, applying pressure, sanding and finishing (optional), and hanging the door. To prevent wooden doors from warping in the first place, it is important to use high-quality wood, ensure proper installation, seal and finish the door, control humidity, and perform regular maintenance. By following these simple tips, you can keep your wooden doors looking and functioning great for as long as possible.

Safely Removing Paint From Wooden Doors: A Step By Step How-To

Image of old paint cracking and peeling off of a wooden surface



Removing paint from wooden doors does not have to be a very difficult task, just follow the steps explained in this blog and you’ll be able to safely remove any paint from your door so that you can reimagine the style you want it to have. We will cover the do’s and don’ts as well as some rookie mistakes that you can avoid, saving yourself some time and effort.


The Setup: Get Your Prepping Done Before You Start


The trick to making this a smooth and straightforward task is getting everything you need ready before you start. A lot of the time we start the process without collecting everything we need, which ultimately results in us frantically running around looking for equipment.



Gear: What Are You Going To Need?


First of all, you will need some safety gear. This includes gloves, safety goggles/glasses, a respirator, and long-sleeve clothing. Most people believe that they don’t need safety gear for numerous DIY projects, but please keep in mind that one minor slip-up could result in injury – not to mention what inhaling certain fumes will do to you.



Prepare The Area: Where Should You Start Your Project


If you don’t want to be cleaning stains, paint chips, and sanding dust for the next few weeks, we recommend covering the floor of your chosen work area with a drop cloth. Ensure that your work area is well-ventilated to reduce the risk of breathing in harmful fumes or dust particles. To increase the ventilation of your workspace you can either work outside, use fans and one or more open windows, or if these are not possible, try to leave the room and take breaks often.



Apply Your Paint Stripper


Before covering your entire door with a paint stripper, apply it to an inconspicuous area so that you can determine how long you need to leave the paint stripper before scraping off the paint. When this is done you can apply it to the rest of the door. Be sure to read the instructions on your paint thinner container and that you apply it in a thick, even coat.

Let your paint thinner sit for the necessary amount of time. This time does vary depending on the thinner, the paint’s type and the thickness of the coat. Follow the instructions on the paint thinner container and be patient as rushing a task like this will only result in more effort on your part.



Scrape Off The Paint


Use a plastic scraper and remove as much paint as you can – we use a plastic scraper as they are less likely to damage your door. If there are any stubborn areas where the plastic scraper simply is not cutting it, try using a metal scraper – just be sure to be careful so that you do not damage the wood underneath the paint. If for some reason there are still areas of paint that won’t come off, use a wire brush, but again, be careful not to damage the wood.



Sand Your Door: Almost Done!


When all of the paint has been removed from your door, sand the door. Start on a coarse grit and move your way up to a smooth grit. This will help remove any imperfections from the surface of the door and will leave you with a perfectly smooth surface. Patience really counts in this step of the project, if we rush sanding, we will be left with an uneven surface texture. Take your time and enjoy the process!



Dispose Of Your Paint Stripper: The Last Step


It is important to dispose of your paint stripper properly, your paint stripper container should have instructions on how to safely dispose of your paint stripper. We want to ensure that we get rid of our paint stripper safely and properly as it can cause harm to people and the environment.



What Are The 5 Don’ts Regarding This Type Of Project?


  1. Do not work in an enclosed space. The fumes from paint thinner can very quickly build to the point where a face mask will not keep you from becoming dizzy – or even falling unconscious! Don’t make this rookie mistake and work in a well-ventilated area (and remember your respirator).
  2. Do not become aggressive or impatient when sanding the door. We understand that sanding a door down can be tedious, tiring, and time-consuming – especially if you don’t have a belt sander. That being said, don’t make the rookie mistake of rushing the job or sanding too aggressively, as this will only result in damaged wood and a visually unappealing finish or texture on your door.
  3. Do not use a paint stripper on lead paint. As we know, lead paint is highly toxic and can cause some serious health problems. The rookie mistake here would be assuming that we can use a paint stripper to deal with lead paint at home without facing health repercussions. Please get the lead paint removed by a professional.
  4. Never eat or drink while you are working with a paint stripper or while you are sanding your door. This rookie mistake is the best way to ensure you ingest harmful substances. When you want to eat or drink, please ensure you leave your working area and eat or drink after cleaning your hands thoroughly and removing any contaminated gear.
  5. Do not dispose of your paint stripper or your sanding dust down the drain, or in your trashcan. These substances are classified as hazardous waste and should be treated as such. Avoid the rookie mistake of not following proper protocol when disposing of these substances.



Seeking Professional Advice


Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Doors Direct team if you have any questions or concerns, we would be more than happy to guide you through whatever you need. Remember that with a little preparation and a little bit of love and care, you can transform your home into something beautiful. If you want your doors and other wooden installations to last, all you need is to follow the appropriate protocol and give them some TLC. Feel free to check out our other blogs if you want more information and tips to assist in future projects, and to keep you safe.

Choosing Between Internal Sliding Barn Doors and Internal Bifold Doors: The Perfect Fit for Your Space

Image of a wooden sliding door inside a home



When it comes to interior design, doors play a significant role in defining the overall aesthetics and functionality of a space. Both internal sliding barn doors and internal bifold doors have gained immense popularity due to their unique characteristics and space-saving features. As a homeowner or interior designer, making the right choice between these two stylish options can be a challenging task. In this blog, we will explore the key differences between internal sliding barn doors and internal bifold doors, helping you make an informed decision that suits your home's needs and style.


Which Is Best For You?



Internal Sliding Barn Doors


  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Sliding barn doors offer a rustic and charming appeal, adding character and warmth to any space. They are often made from wood or metal, boasting a vintage and traditional feel. These doors are particularly popular in farmhouse-style or industrial-themed interiors.
  2. Space-Saving Elegance: One of the primary advantages of sliding barn doors is their space-saving design. Since they slide along a track mounted above the door frame, they don't require any floor space to swing open or closed. This makes them a fantastic choice for rooms with limited space or where conventional doors might obstruct furniture placement.
  3. Versatility: Internal sliding barn doors can be used in various settings, such as bedroom entryways, closets, pantries, or even as room dividers. Their versatility allows them to adapt to different interior designs and room layouts.
  4. Privacy and Sound Control: While sliding barn doors can offer privacy, they may not provide a perfect sound barrier due to their slight gaps around the edges. If sound isolation is a significant concern, you might need to consider additional measures like weatherstripping or choosing a solid-core door.



Internal Bifold Doors


  1. Contemporary Elegance: Bifold doors offer a sleek and modern look, making them a popular choice for contemporary and minimalist interiors. They are available in various materials like wood, glass, and composite, allowing you to choose the perfect match for your decor.
  2. Space-Saving Efficiency: Similar to sliding barn doors, bifold doors are excellent space-savers. They fold inwards and stack against one side of the door frame, maximizing the usable floor area. This feature is especially valuable for small rooms or areas where space optimization is essential.
  3. Wide Openings: Bifold doors are ideal for larger openings, such as closets, laundry rooms, or entertainment spaces. When fully opened, they create a seamless transition between rooms, making them perfect for hosting gatherings or events.
  4. Enhanced Sound Control: Unlike sliding barn doors, bifold doors offer better sound insulation due to their solid construction when closed. This can be advantageous if you need to create private spaces or minimize noise transfer between rooms.



Choosing the Perfect Fit


To make the right decision between internal sliding barn doors and internal bifold doors, consider the following factors:

  1. Available Space: Assess the space where the door will be installed and determine which option will best utilize the area without hindering furniture placement or movement.
  2. Aesthetics and Interior Design: Choose the door style that complements your home's interior design and reflects your personal taste.
  3. Functionality and Purpose: Consider the primary purpose of the door. Is it primarily for aesthetics, privacy, or sound control? Choose accordingly.
  4. Materials and Durability: Select high-quality materials that offer durability and longevity, ensuring your chosen door will withstand daily use.
  5. Installation and Maintenance: Evaluate the installation process and maintenance requirements for each door type, and choose the one that aligns with your preferences and capabilities.





Both internal sliding barn doors and internal bifold doors offer unique advantages, making them excellent choices for different spaces and design preferences. We hope this guide has helped you understand the key differences between the two options, allowing you to make an informed decision that best suits your home's needs and style. Whether you prefer the rustic charm of sliding barn doors or the modern elegance of bifold doors, DoorsDirect has a wide selection of premium-quality doors to transform your space. Happy door shopping!


What Are the Standard Aluminium Window Sizes in Your Country?


Aluminum windows have become increasingly popular in modern architecture due to their durability, sleek appearance, and energy-efficient properties. They are widely used in residential and commercial buildings, offering various benefits to homeowners and businesses alike. However, before purchasing aluminum windows, it's essential to know the standard sizes available in your country. In this blog post, we will explore the common standard aluminum window sizes in different regions, using metric dimensions.



Different Aluminium Windows & Their Sizes


  1. Understanding Standard Window Sizing: Standard aluminum window sizes are designed to fit typical window openings without the need for custom manufacturing. These sizes are based on commonly used dimensions in construction and are readily available from various manufacturers and suppliers. Standardization helps streamline the production process and makes it easier for builders and homeowners to find suitable windows for their needs.
  2. Common Aluminum Window Sizes: While window sizes can vary based on design preferences and building codes, here are some standard aluminum window sizes commonly found in many countries, presented in metric measurements:


  1. Single Hung Windows:
    • Width: 60 cm to 120 cm
    • Height: 90 cm to 180 cm
  2. Double Hung Windows:
    • Width: 60 cm to 120 cm
    • Height: 90 cm to 180 cm
  3. Sliding Windows:
    • Width: 90 cm to 210 cm
    • Height: 60 cm to 150 cm
  4. Casement Windows:
    • Width: 50 cm to 100 cm
    • Height: 60 cm to 180 cm
  5. Awning Windows:
    • Width: 60 cm to 120 cm
    • Height: 60 cm to 90 cm


Note: These are general ranges, and specific sizes may vary between manufacturers.

  1. Custom Window Sizes: While standard sizes are widely available, some buildings might require custom-sized aluminum windows. Non-standard window dimensions may be necessary to fit unique architectural designs or to replace windows in older buildings with non-standard openings. Custom windows can be manufactured by specialized companies, ensuring a perfect fit for any window opening.
  2. Considerations When Choosing Window Sizes: Before finalizing the window sizes for your project, consider the following factors:
  • Building codes and regulations in your region.
  • Energy efficiency and insulation requirements.
  • Design preferences and aesthetics of the building.
  • Practicality and ease of maintenance.





Choosing the right aluminum window size is essential for both functionality and aesthetics. Standard sizes provide a cost-effective and readily available option for most projects, while custom sizes cater to unique architectural needs. By understanding the standard aluminum window sizes in your country and considering specific requirements, you can make an informed decision and enhance the overall appeal and functionality of your building.

Remember, it's always best to consult with window professionals or suppliers who can guide you in selecting the perfect aluminum windows for your specific needs. Whether you're constructing a new building or renovating an existing one, investing in high-quality aluminum windows can significantly improve your space's comfort, energy efficiency, and overall value.



1. Standard Aluminum Window Sizes in South Africa (Metric Dimensions):


Window Type

Width Range (cm)

Height Range (cm)

Single Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180

Double Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180


90 - 210

60 - 150


50 - 100

60 - 180


60 - 120

60 - 90



2. Standard Aluminium Window Sizes in the UK (Metric Dimensions):


Window Type

Width Range (cm)

Height Range (cm)

Single Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180

Double Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180


90 - 210

60 - 150


50 - 100

60 - 180


60 - 120

60 - 90



3. Standard Aluminum Window Sizes in the USA (Imperial Dimensions):


Window Type

Width Range (inches)

Height Range (inches)

Single Hung

24 - 48

36 - 72

Double Hung

24 - 48

36 - 72


36 - 84

24 - 60


20 - 40

24 - 72


24 - 48

24 - 36



4. Standard Aluminium Window Sizes in India (Metric Dimensions):


Window Type

Width Range (cm)

Height Range (cm)

Single Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180

Double Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180


90 - 210

60 - 150


50 - 100

60 - 180


60 - 120

60 - 90



5. Standard Aluminum Window Sizes in Australia (Metric Dimensions):


Window Type

Width Range (cm)

Height Range (cm)

Single Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180

Double Hung

60 - 120

90 - 180


90 - 210

60 - 150


50 - 100

60 - 180


60 - 120

60 - 90



Please note that the ranges mentioned in the tables are approximate and may vary slightly between different manufacturers and suppliers. Always check with local window suppliers for the most accurate and up-to-date information.



Cracking the Code: Why Wooden Doors Crack and How to Prevent It

Image of a man filling in cracks on a wooden surface with wax.



Nothing quite compares to a beautiful solid wooden door, but much like your pet fern that needs some TLC to thrive, your amazing wooden door needs a little lovin' too!

In this blog, we’ll be looking at why wooden doors crack, what role humidity plays in the whole process, installation techniques that may prevent cracking, some maintenance tips as well as a step-by-step guide to repairing cracks when they do occur.



The Culprit Unveiled: Understanding the Causes of Wooden Door Cracks


Amidst the charm of wooden doors lies an inconspicuous culprit – moisture. Humidity, the unseen saboteur, can quietly wreak havoc on our beloved doors. Wood undergoes a delicate dance of expansion and contraction with changing seasons, making it susceptible to cracks.


During humid months, wood swells as it absorbs moisture from the air, while dry conditions cause shrinkage and stress on the door's structure. This repetitive cycle takes a toll, resulting in unsightly cracks.


Understanding humidity's influence is key to preventing these cracks. By controlling indoor moisture and ensuring proper ventilation, we shield our wooden doors from harm, preserving their allure for generations to come.



Moisture Matters: How Humidity Affects Wooden Doors


Humidity, an unpredictable foe, silently assaults your wooden doors, threatening their integrity. As moisture levels fluctuate, the wood expands and contracts, potentially leading to cracks and warping.


In hot, humid weather, doors may swell, sticking or rubbing against frames. Conversely, in dry conditions, contraction causes unsightly gaps affecting aesthetics and insulation.


Fear not! Armed with knowledge and strategies, shield your doors from humidity's mischief. We'll explore effective measures, from sealants to dehumidifiers, maintaining an ideal moisture balance. Master this battle, and your wooden doors will endure, remaining strong and beautiful for years to come.



Nailing Down the Issue: Proper Installation Techniques


When it comes to the longevity and stability of your wooden doors, proper installation lays the foundation for a crack-free future. This section delves into the essential aspects of installing wooden doors with precision and finesse.


  • The Art of Alignment: Achieve a flawless fit by ensuring the door and frame are perfectly level and plumb, reducing the risk of cracks over time.


  • Say No to Over-tightening: Avoid over-tightening screws and hinges to prevent structural imbalances, which can lead to warping and cracking.


  • Mind the Gaps: Properly seal gaps between the door and frame with weatherstripping or insulation to enhance energy efficiency and minimize moisture entry, a common cause of wooden door cracks.


  • All About Expansion Gaps: Incorporate appropriate expansion gaps during installation to allow the door to breathe and adapt naturally to changes in humidity and temperature, avoiding stress-induced cracks.


Master these installation techniques to ensure your wooden doors stand strong and steadfast against the test of time.


Crack Prevention 101: Proactive Measures for Happy Wooden Doors


  • Embrace Regular Cleaning: Dust and wipe your wooden doors regularly with a soft, damp cloth, avoiding harsh chemical cleaners that can damage the wood's surface.


  • Seal the Deal with Varnish or Paint: Apply protective varnish or paint to shield your doors from moisture and temperature changes, reducing the risk of cracks.


  • Weather Stripping for the Win: Install weather stripping around the edges to create an extra barrier against the elements, minimizing the likelihood of cracks.


  • Mind the Humidity: Use a dehumidifier in humid environments and a humidifier in dry climates to regulate moisture levels, preventing excessive wood expansion and contraction.


  • Routine Inspections: Regularly check for damage or wear, addressing issues like loose hinges or small cracks promptly to prevent worsening.


  • Gentle Handling: Treat your wooden doors with care, avoiding slamming or hanging heavy objects to prevent unnecessary stress that could lead to cracks.


Follow these tips to give your wooden doors the tender loving care they deserve, ensuring they stay strong, beautiful, and crack-free for years to come.


Sealing the Cracks: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing Door Cracks


  • Assess the Damage: Examine the cracks on your door to determine the extent of the problem.


  • Gather Your Tools: Get all the necessary tools, including wood filler, putty knife, sandpaper, and paint.


  • Clean and Prep: Clean the cracks and surrounding area, ensuring it's free from dust and debris.


  • Apply Wood Filler: Fill the cracks with wood filler, using a putty knife to spread it evenly.


  • Sand it Smooth: Once the filler dries, sand the repaired area until it's smooth and level with the door surface.


  • Paint or Varnish: Match the door's finish with paint or varnish to seamlessly blend the repaired section.


Voila! Your door is now crack-free and looking fabulous once again. Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done! 




In conclusion, by understanding the role of humidity and embracing the right prevention techniques, you can protect your wooden doors from the dreaded cracks. Proper installation, routine inspections, and gentle handling go a long way in preserving their beauty and longevity. And should cracks occur, fear not! Our step-by-step guide will equip you to fix them like a pro. So, go ahead and give your wooden doors the TLC they deserve, and they'll reward you with timeless charm and a crack-free future.


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To Match or Not to Match: Answering the Big Questions on Interior Doors

Narrow Corridor with wooden doors photo


Deciding on what style of door to use throughout your home can be daunting, and truthfully, the wrong choice can affect the overall look and feel of your interior. Should they match your floors? Should they match nearby cabinets? Is it acceptable to use different styles of handles? 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll look at a few important aspects to keep in mind when making your choice.



Should Interior Doors Match Your Flooring?


The decision on whether interior doors should match the flooring is ultimately a matter of personal preference and style. It is not necessary for these elements to match exactly, but they should harmoniously coexist in your space.


But here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Style: The style of your interior doors doesn't need to match your flooring exactly but should complement it. This could mean a sleek, modern door style with contemporary tiles, or a rustic wooden door with traditional hardwood flooring.
  • Colour / Tone: Again, your door and floor don't need to match in colour or tone, but they should harmonize. A deep, dark wood door might contrast beautifully with light wood or laminate flooring, or a white door could provide a crisp, fresh contrast to darker tones.
  • Material / Finish: While not essential, matching the material or finish of your doors and flooring can create a cohesive look. For example, matte doors could pair well with matte finished floors, or polished wood doors might complement similarly polished wooden floors.



Should All the Doors in Your House Match?


Uniform doors can create a harmonious aesthetic, especially in open-concept designs. However, different doors serve various purposes and have various privacy requirements. The front door should prioritize solidity and privacy, while the back door can incorporate glass for natural light. 

Maintaining a cohesive look between interior and exterior doors is desirable, but consider differentiating room doors based on functions like walk-in cupboards or pantries. This adds visual interest and practicality to your design scheme. Ultimately, the decision on door uniformity depends on personal preference and the style of your home.



Should Doors and Trim Be the Same Colour?


When it comes to doors and trim, traditional design rules often suggest matching them for a harmonious and cohesive look. This is particularly common in more formal or traditionally styled homes.

However, contemporary design trends have seen a shift towards contrasting colours for doors and trim. A bold black door paired with crisp white trim, for instance, can create an eye-catching contrast that adds a modern touch to your space.

In essence, the choice between matching or contrasting doors and trim should be guided by your personal taste and the overall style of your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and think outside the box!



Should Door Handles Match Throughout the House?


Door handles may seem small, but they have the potential to greatly impact the overall appearance of your interior spaces. Many homeowners prefer a consistent approach, opting for the same door handles throughout their house to achieve a unified and cohesive aesthetic. However, here are some considerations to ponder when selecting your interior handles:

  • External vs. Internal: Introducing a subtle variation in your interior door handles compared to your front or back door can add an intriguing element of visual interest.
  • Function: Keep the door's function in mind when choosing handles. Entry and exit doors require enhanced security and may necessitate a sturdier handle and lock system, while interior doors prioritize aesthetics over high-level security. For pantry or cupboard doors, a matching knob-style handle can be an appealing choice.
  • Design and Finish: While maintaining a consistent finish is generally recommended, it's essential to strike a balance. Avoid straying too far from one style and material, as this can yield the most pleasing results in terms of overall design cohesion.

By considering these factors, you can make informed decisions about door handles that enhance the visual appeal and functionality of your interior spaces.





In conclusion, when it comes to coordinating elements like doors, floors, trim, and handles, there are no hard and fast rules—only guidelines and ideas to spark your creativity. Your home is your canvas, and you are the artist. Whether you prefer a uniform, harmonious look or love to mix and match, the ultimate goal should always be to create a space that reflects your personality, taste, and lifestyle. Enjoy the process, and don’t forget to have fun along the way.


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How to Finish Exterior Doors in South Africa

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The exterior door of your home is not only an essential element for security but also a crucial aspect of your home's overall appearance. With South Africa's diverse climate, it is essential to choose the right finishing method for your exterior doors to ensure durability and long-lasting beauty. In this blog, we will discuss various finishing techniques for exterior doors in South Africa, ensuring you make the best choice for your home.



Preparing Wooden Doors for Finishing


Before starting the finishing process, it is crucial to prepare your wooden door correctly. Follow these steps for optimal results:

Sand the door: Begin by sanding the door using around 180 to 220 grit sandpaper to remove any imperfections and open up the fibres. Do not go too fine, or you may close up the fibres and prevent your finish from adhering properly.

Clean the door: After sanding, use a tack cloth or vacuum cleaner to remove all dust and debris from the surface.

Apply a wood conditioner: For doors made of porous woods like pine, a pre-stain wood conditioner is recommended to prevent blotchy absorption of stains or finishes.



The Best Finishes for Exterior Wooden Doors


Selecting the appropriate finish for your exterior wooden door is crucial for its durability and aesthetics. The two main categories of finishes are:

Stains and clear topcoats: Stains add colour to the wood while allowing the natural grain to show through. They require a clear topcoat for protection against the elements.

Paints: Paint provides a solid colour and a protective barrier, but it hides the wood grain. High-quality exterior paints are ideal for doors exposed to the elements.



Finishing Guide for Stains and Clear Top Coats


If you prefer a natural look for your wooden door, follow these steps to apply stains and clear topcoats:

Apply the stain: Choose an exterior-grade stain and apply it evenly with a brush, following the wood grain. Wipe off any excess stain with a clean cloth.

Allow the stain to dry: Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for drying time, typically 24 hours.

Apply a clear topcoat: Use a high-quality exterior-grade polyurethane or spar varnish, applying multiple thin coats to build up protection.

Sand between coats: Lightly sand with 220 or 240-grit sandpaper between coats to ensure proper adhesion.

Allow the finish to cure: Allow the final coat to dry and cure for at least 72 hours before installation.



Finishing Guide for Paint


For a more durable and opaque finish, follow these steps to paint your exterior door:

Apply a primer: Use a high-quality exterior primer to provide a base for the paint to adhere to.

Allow the primer to dry: Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for drying time, typically 24 hours.

Apply the paint: Use high-quality exterior paint and apply at least two coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.

Allow the paint to cure: Give the paint at least 72 hours to cure before installation, depending on the type of paint used.



How to Finish High-Exposure Doors


If your exterior door is exposed to harsh weather conditions or intense sunlight, you need to take extra precautions to protect it. Follow these tips for finishing high-exposure doors:

Choose a high-quality finish: Opt for marine-grade finishes or exterior-grade paints that offer UV protection and resistance to moisture.

Apply additional coats: Increase the number of coats of topcoat or paint to provide added protection.

Install weatherstripping: Add weatherstripping to seal gaps around the door, preventing moisture from seeping in.

Perform regular maintenance: Check your door periodically for signs of wear or damage and reapply the finish as needed. This may include light sanding and recoating with a clear topcoat or paint to maintain the door's appearance and protection.

Consider adding an overhang or awning: Installing an overhang or awning above your door can shield it from direct sunlight and rain, reducing the risk of damage due to exposure.



Protecting Your Exterior Doors in South Africa


Finishing an exterior door in South Africa requires careful consideration of the local climate and the specific needs of your door. By following this guide and selecting the appropriate finish for your door, you can ensure its durability and long-lasting beauty. Remember that proper preparation, application, and regular maintenance are crucial to protect your investment and keep your exterior door looking its best for years to come.

You can shop our full range of exterior wooden doors here, or browse our range of speciality wood sealants here for all your needs. 



Interior vs Exterior Doors - What's The Difference?

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Doors are an essential element of any home or building. They serve as a passage between rooms, provide privacy and security, and form an integral part of your home’s aesthetic appeal. There are two main types of doors, exterior and interior, and while they may look similar there are key differences between the two you need to be aware of. 



Different Functions


The primary difference between interior and exterior doors is their function. Interior doors are designed to separate rooms within a building, while exterior doors are meant to provide an entry point to the building from the outside. Interior doors are typically thinner and lighter compared to exterior doors, which are heavier and sturdier. This is because exterior doors need to withstand harsh weather conditions and provide security, whereas interior doors are more about aesthetics and privacy.


Exterior doors often include barriers against the outside weather, such as a threshold and weatherstripping, to prevent moisture and drafts from entering the building. They may also have a peephole, a deadbolt, and a handle with a lock for added security. On the other hand, interior doors don't require these features and may have simpler knobs or handles for easy opening and closing.



Different Costs


Another significant difference between interior and exterior doors is their cost. Exterior doors are typically more expensive than interior doors because of their added features and sturdier construction. Exterior doors require a more robust frame, hinges, and hardware to withstand weather and provide security. They may also require special finishes or treatments to prevent warping, rotting, or fading due to exposure to the elements.


Interior doors, on the other hand, can be made from less expensive materials and may not require as much hardware or finishing. However, the cost of interior doors can vary based on their design, material, and finish. For example, solid wood doors may be more expensive than hollow core doors, and custom-designed doors may cost more than standard sizes.



Different Hardware


Interior and exterior doors also differ in their hardware. Exterior doors require more heavy-duty hardware to withstand the elements and provide security. This includes a sturdy lock, handle, and deadbolt, as well as hinges and a weather-resistant threshold. Exterior doors may also have a peephole, kickplate, or door knocker for added functionality.


Interior doors, on the other hand, don't require as much hardware and may have simple knobs or handles. However, interior doors can still have a range of hardware options, including decorative knobs, levers, hinges, and latches. The choice of hardware can also affect the overall look and feel of the interior doors, allowing for customization to match the décor of a room.


Different Materials

Interior and exterior doors can be made from a variety of materials, but they differ in the type of materials used. Exterior doors are typically made from more durable and weather-resistant materials, such as wood, fibreglass, or steel. These materials can withstand exposure to the elements, resist warping or rotting, and provide added security.

Wooden exterior doors are a popular choice for their aesthetic appeal and natural durability. They can be customized with a range of finishes, stains, or paint colours to match the style of the building. Wooden exterior doors also provide a classic look that adds value to a home and can last for years with proper maintenance.

Interior doors, on the other hand, can be made from a wider range of materials, including wood, fibreglass, steel, or even glass. Interior doors are often designed with aesthetics in mind, allowing for a range of styles, finishes, and textures to match the décor of a room. Wooden interior doors are also a popular choice for their warmth and natural beauty, as well as their ability to reduce noise and provide insulation.



Benefits of Wooden Exterior and Interior Doors


While there are many materials to choose from for both interior and exterior doors, wooden doors offer several benefits that make them a popular choice. Here are some benefits of wooden exterior and interior doors:

Durability: Wooden doors are durable and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. With proper care and maintenance, wooden doors can last for many years, making them a long-term investment.

Energy Efficiency: Wooden doors provide natural insulation, helping to reduce heat loss and lower energy bills. They also reduce noise transmission, making them ideal for use in bedrooms, home offices, and other quiet spaces.

Aesthetics: Wooden doors have a natural beauty that can enhance the overall look and feel of a home or building. With a range of finishes, stains, and colours to choose from, wooden doors can complement any décor style.

Value: Wooden doors can add value to a home or building by increasing its resale value, while they may be expensive upfront they yield a positive return on investment over time. 



Choosing the Right Exterior and Exterior Doors for Your Needs 


Understanding the differences between interior and exterior doors is essential when selecting doors for your home or building. Exterior doors require added durability, security, and weather resistance, while interior doors focus on aesthetics and privacy. 

Wooden doors offer several benefits, including durability, energy efficiency, aesthetics, and value, making them a popular choice for both interior and exterior doors. When choosing doors for your home or building, consider the function, cost, hardware, and materials to ensure that you select the right doors for your needs.

You can view our full range of wooden exterior doors here, and our range of wooden interior doors here.



How to Care for Exterior Doors in South Africa

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Exterior doors are an essential part of any home's façade, and in South Africa, where the climate can be harsh and unpredictable, proper care and maintenance are critical to ensure their longevity and functionality. Neglecting your exterior doors can lead to damage, rot, and reduced energy efficiency, which can all result in costly repairs or replacements. Therefore, in this blog, we'll explore how to care for exterior doors in South Africa, including treating, cleaning, and repairing wood doors and choosing the best paint for the job.



How to Treat Exterior Wood Doors


Wooden doors are a popular choice for exterior doors due to their aesthetic appeal, durability, and natural insulation. However, they require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. It’s suggested that you regularly dust your doors, thoroughly clean them every few months, reseal the door if its top coat becomes worn out and refinish it every 3 to 5 years, or whenever the finish becomes worn. To refinish a wooden door, follow these steps: 

Remove all the hardware - it can be easier to work the door in these initial steps by unhanging it completely. Thoroughly clean and then sand the existing finish off of the door, removing any old flakes of wood. Avoid going too fine with the grit of your sandpaper, or it may prevent the finish from sticking later. Small, hard-to-reach crevices and mouldings may require the careful use of a sharp scraper. 

Re-hang the door if you removed it, first sealing the top and bottom edges, and then apply your first coat of sealant. Apply the finish evenly, using a high-quality brush or roller, and allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next. Depending on the product, you may need to apply two or three coats, allowing sufficient drying time between each coat. Avoid applying too thick of a layer, as it can cause runs and drips, and sand between coats to ensure a smooth and even finish.
Wait a day for it to dry, then apply your second coat. After another day of drying, all you need to do is reinstall the hardware. It’s usually a good idea to give that some oil too. 

You can avoid having to repeat this process as often by maintaining the door’s top coat - avoid letting it wear down to the base layer by lightly sanding and resealing regularly (depending on how exposed the door is),

When treating your exterior wood doors, it's essential to choose the right products for your needs. Some wood preservatives contain toxic chemicals that can harm the environment and your health, so opt for eco-friendly products that are safe for you and the environment. Additionally, look for products that offer UV protection, as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause wood to fade, crack, and warp.



How to Clean Exterior Wood Doors


Exterior wood doors require regular cleaning to maintain their appearance and prevent damage. To clean your wood doors, mix a solution of warm water and mild soap, and using a soft-bristled brush or sponge, gently scrub the door's surface, including the corners and edges. Avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive materials, as they can scratch or strip the wood's stain or finish. After cleaning, rinse the door with a hose or clean water and allow it to dry completely. Avoid using a power washer, as the high pressure can damage the wood or force water into the joints and cause rot.

It's recommended to clean your exterior stained wood doors at least twice a year, depending on the climate and exposure to dirt and pollutants. Additionally, inspect the door regularly for signs of damage, such as cracks, peeling, or discolouration, and address them promptly to prevent further deterioration.



How to Repair Cracks in Exterior Wood Doors


Cracks or splits in exterior wood doors can compromise their structural integrity, reduce insulation, and allow moisture and pests to enter. Therefore, repairing them promptly is crucial to prevent further damage. To repair cracks in exterior wood doors, start by removing any loose or damaged wood using a chisel or sandpaper. Next, fill the crack with wood filler, using a putty knife or a spatula, and smooth the surface evenly. Allow the filler to dry completely, following the manufacturer's instructions, and sand the surface to match the door's texture. If the crack is severe or extends to the door's core, you may need to replace the affected section or the entire door.

When repairing cracks in exterior wood doors, it's important to use high-quality wood filler that can withstand exposure to moisture, temperature changes, and sunlight. Additionally, choose a filler that matches the door's wood type and colour, or opt for a clear filler if you're staining or painting the door.



The Best Finish/Paint for Exterior Doors


The finish is the topcoat that goes on top of the door and provides protection against weathering, scratches, and stains.

Enamel paint provides the absolute best protection for your exterior doors, but hides the natural wood grain and finish of the door. The next best option is a clear, high-quality varnish or polyurethane top coat. These finishes are transparent and allow the natural grain and colour of the wood to show through, enhancing the door's beauty and character.

Choose a finish that offers UV protection, as prolonged exposure to sunlight, can cause the paint to fade and peel. You can also opt for finishes that contain fungicides and mildewcides, as they can prevent the growth of mould and mildew, which can cause rot and discolouration.



Caring for Your Exterior Doors the Right Way


Caring for exterior doors in South Africa requires regular maintenance, including treating, cleaning, and repairing wooden doors, and choosing the right type of finish for the job. By following these tips and best practices, you can ensure that your exterior doors look great, function properly, and provide lasting protection against the harsh South African climate.

If your door needs a new top coat or complete refinishing, you can browse our full range of wood sealants here. Or, if your doors are in need of replacement, or you just want to freshen up your house’s look, see our full range of wooden exterior doors here.