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Interior Doors Reimagined - The Comprehensive Guide to Restoration and Repurposing


Open The Door To Sustainable Style By Upcycling Your Wooden Interior Doors

Interior doors have always been more important than most realise, especially with regard to visual aesthetics. They definitely play a huge role in the functionality that your home’s rooms have, but they also offer the opportunity to inject personality, style and your own vision into your home’s interior. With the increased interest in sustainability and DIY projects, there has been a growing trend of homeowners restoring and repurposing their old interior doors. This offers not only a creative outlet, but also gives people the opportunity to be a part of the sustainability movement while giving their home’s interior a fun, personal touch. This blog will ultimately talk about different tips and ideas for reviving old interior doors, providing you actionable inspiration and advice. From door restoration to creative ways to repurpose old doors. Whether you’re a home improvement pro or brand new to the world of DIY, the possibilities are endless.



The Beauty of Restoration



Understanding the Value of Old Interior Doors


The beauty of restoration when it comes to old interior doors lies in their craftsmanship as well as the materials used in their construction, as both of these aspects often surpass what is available today. Historically, these doors were made using solid wood and traditional joinery techniques, which naturally resulted in doors with greater durability and strength compared to the more mass-produced modern doors that are commonplace today and often rely on composite materials and other cost-saving manufacturing strategies. Restoring old interior doors rather than replacing them is much better for the environment. These restorations reduce the demand for new materials, thus reducing the environmental impact that is associated with the production, installation and ultimate replacement of most modern interior doors. Needless to say, restoring doors preserves a piece of history. Deciding on restoration over replacement, especially in historic, traditionally built homes, can preserve the home's architectural integrity and the home's character for future generations. Ultimately, the restoration of old interior doors not only honours the craftsmanship or the artistry of the past, but it also allows one to actively participate in today’s eco-friendly movement. Restoration rather than reconstruction also allows homeowners to preserve the unique features of their homes, while reducing the carbon payback period of said homes.



Assessing Your Door's Potential for Restoration


Assessing whether your old interior door offers any potential for restoration includes a few checks. You will have to assess the door’s material (is it solid wood etc?) and its structure. Check for clear indicators of damage like large cracks, rot or any other signs of damage that might have compromised the integrity of your door. If your door has some light surface damage or imperfections, then restoring it while preserving the door’s original character should not be too difficult. If, however, you discover heavy damage or significant rot that may have compromised the overall structure of your door, then restoration may not be the way to go. If you're new to the world of DIY or wood in general, we highly suggest speaking with a professional so that they can help you figure out how much damage is too much.



Restoration Basics


You will need sandpaper, scrapers, a vacuum, paint brushes and the finish you would like to use. The basics of door restoration involve removing the door hardware, sanding it to remove the old finish, scraping the mouldings and in corners where your sander can’t go (be careful and patient so that you don’t accidentally gouge or chip the wood), hand sand the door’s profiles and then remove the dust before applying multiple coats of new finish and letting the door dry. Please consult a professional before undergoing this task if you are unfamiliar with it. Have a look at our blogs for more comprehensive guides on removing paint from doors, and other maintenance tips and tricks.



Creative Repurposing Ideas


Transforming Doors into Decor


Don’t throw out your old doors if the restoration route doesn’t work out. Creating decor out of old interior doors is a great way of repurposing them and adding a unique, personal touch to our home’s interior aesthetic. You can take old bi-fold doors and use them to create a corner shelving unit. If you have a bigger interior door to work with, you can turn it into a rustic bench seat. Doors with arches make great wall decorations and larger doors can even be fashioned into stylish headboards. The possibilities are endless and there is a vast array of inspirations out there. Consulting a door, woodworking or interior design specialist would be recommended for those who are unsure where to start when it comes to a project like this.



Painting and Accessorising Your Repurposed Door


Personalising your repurposed doors is a great way to add creativity and new functionality to the doors, resulting in unique decor pieces that complement or even enhance your home’s aesthetic. Using these old interior doors as canvases allows you to express your individual style and vision in such a way that it matches your home’s existing decor. Incorporating your existing door hardware allows for interesting elements to your new decor piece. Whether you’re going to paint your project for a modern distressed look or use stencils for a patterned style, the possibilities are virtually endless. Selecting the appropriate finish for your new decor is just as important as ensuring it matches the style you’ve envisioned. Whether it's a varnish to protect the wood in outdoor spaces or a special paint that can withstand high humidity in bathrooms, selecting the right finish can help ensure that your repurposed interior door withstands the test of time and regular use. Adding door hardware to your repurposed wooden interior door has mainly aesthetic benefits. It can add a touch of authenticity to the new piece of furniture/decor which can act as a focal point that injects the piece with character and history. In some cases door hardware can be functional as well - wall mounted decor with door knobs can act as coat hangers for example. The only limit for your new decor/furniture piece is your imagination. In sum, giving old interior doors a new lease on life through either restoration or repurposing is a rewarding endeavour that blends history with personal creativity in an eco-friendly sustainable way. This guide has highlighted a few ways you can gauge the restoration potential of old doors, briefly discussed the restoration process on old doors and displayed the endless possibilities for repurposing doors by turning them into unique, stylish decor/furniture pieces for your home. Taking on a project like restoring or repurposing isn’t just about DIY home improvement; it is about sustainability, creativity and self-expression. Feel free to read any of our other blogs for more information, pro tips and guides relating to doors and windows. And for the final time, please consult with a professional before making any decision or taking any action to ensure the best possible outcome.

Different Types of Wooden Doors & Which is for You

Choose the Perfect Door to Match Your Home and Your Vision


Choosing the right door for your building is more important than most people realise: Different types of doors can have massive differences in terms of your space’s aesthetic, functionality and security. Doors can differ on a variety of aspects such as construction material (durability & maintenance requirements), design, insulation properties (and similar features), how they align with the architectural and overall style of your specific building or home, and so much more. In this blog we will discuss different types of wooden doors (with a focus on design) and how you can go about choosing the perfect one for you.



Understanding the Basics of Wooden Doors



Hardwood Doors vs. Softwood Doors


Hardwoods, such as oak or mahogany, are famous for their inherent density and durability, which make them a popular choice for furniture, flooring and general construction across the planet. Hardwood’s rich patterns and inherent weight make it a very aesthetic wood to have incorporated throughout your home, but it is quite difficult to work with because of its hardness. Softwoods on the other hand, like pine or cedar, come from trees that grow a lot faster and are more abundant than hardwood trees. This material is less expensive and is easier to work with than hardwoods. Softwood offers simple grain patterns and are often used in construction projects. With regard to hardwood vs softwood doors, the difference is significant and should be carefully considered as it will affect your door’s durability, aesthetic appeal (as well as its alignment with the rest of your building’s architecture), and maintenance requirements. Hardwood doors, made of oak or teak for example, flaunt a natural robustness, strength and beauty with its rich, intricate grain patterns, resulting in a more expensive, prestigious choice of door material. Hardwood doors are inherently a more resistant option and will last a very long time if taken care of properly. Softwood doors, made with cedar, redwood, etc, are a more budget-friendly option. These doors are lightweight and are very versatile, especially for interior applications, as they offer a naturally simple and elegant aesthetic which aligns beautifully with most decor and architectural styles. Softwood doors are the more practical, environmentally sustainable choice which make up for what it lacks in natural heft and strength. Your choice of wood will ultimately depend on your specific needs and your vision. We recommend you get in touch with a professional before making any final decisions.



Different Construction Methods


Wooden doors are usually either solid or engineered doors, each of which offer their own advantages and are each ideal for different applications. Solid wood doors, famous for their inherent strength and durability, are made from single large pieces/panels of wood. This classic construction method affords solid wood doors not only a gorgeous traditional aesthetic and robustness, but also some inherent insulating properties. Unfortunately these doors can be susceptible to warping, bowing, etc. if exposed to fluctuating humidity and temperature. Engineered wooden doors are doors that are made of multiple layers of wood (and sometimes other materials) that are pressed and glued together in various directions. This construction method enhances the door’s resistance to damage from environmental changes like humidity or temperature fluctuations. These doors offer better insulation compared to solid wood doors and are more cost effective and eco-friendly due to them generally using less wood in their construction. On the other hand these doors can become very difficult to repair or touch up when they get damaged, due to how they are constructed. Similarly to hardwoods compared to softwoods, the choice between these two types of doors depends on the specifics of your project and your personal vision.



A Brief Look at Different Wooden Door Designs



Panel Doors

Panel doors, identified by their use of flat, framed panels, offer a traditional, but versatile aesthetic which is suitable for most applications. From single-panel to multi-panel doors, these wooden doors are a true classic and will allow you to truly customise your door to match your personal vision. Panel doors are popular due to their sheer diversity, ensuring that there is a fitting option for almost any application.



Flush Doors

Flush doors are known for having a simple, modern look with sleek, flat surfaces that are void of any panels or ridges, which makes these doors ideal for minimalist contemporary settings. Flush wooden doors are made by encasing an internal frame between two flat panels made from plywood, MDF or wood veneer. This allows for a wide range of aesthetic finishes. Flush doors come with solid and hollow core options, where solid-core doors offer better thermal and noise insulation, these are also more durable than the hollow-core alternative which are more lightweight and cost effective. Due to flush doors’ balance of function and style, they are an ideal choice for many different applications.



French Doors

The French door is an elegant wooden door option which features large glass panels set within frames. These doors allow for natural light to flow into your rooms, giving them an airy, open feeling. French doors are thus perfect for separating living spaces in homes without making them feel disconnected or small. These wooden doors also make great doors to your outdoor spaces as they can help blur the line between your indoor spaces and the natural outside beauty. French doors can be customised in terms of the amount of window panels, panel size, opening mechanism (swinging or sliding doors), colour and material, all of which make them a versatile choice for many different types of homes.



Stable Doors

Stable Doors are split horisontally, allowing the top and bottom halves of the door to hinge independently. This unique functionality allows these doors to remain closed (bottom half of the door) while allowing fresh air flow and natural light to flood the room it’s attached to. These charming doors are traditionally seen serving as external kitchen doors. Stable Doors offer the perfect balance between security and openness, thus making the stable door fantastic for homes with small children or pets for example.



Choosing the Right Door for Your


Considerations for Exterior Doors

When picking which door you want to use and an exterior door, we suggest prioritising weather resistance, durability and security. Of course it is also important to select a wooden door that boosts your home’s curb appeal and matches the aesthetic style of your home or your overall vision. Hardwood doors or reinforced engineered doors are popular options for external wooden doors because of their innate strength and durability, which comes at no cost to beauty. We highly recommend speaking to a professional to help you make the perfect choice for your exterior door.



Interior Door Selection

Choosing the best interior door for you would mean balancing aesthetic and functionality. You will have to find a door that not only compliments the rest of your home's style, but one that offers adequate noise insulation and privacy for each room. You very likely would need an array of doors for your home’s interior. You may consider solid doors for bedrooms in order to maximise noise insulation. Bathrooms would require something durable and moisture resistant while closets and pantries would need something less durable and decorative. We again recommend speaking to a professional to ensure that you find the right doors for your home. In conclusion, the specific wooden door you select will have an impact on both the aesthetics and the functionality of your home. In this blog, we discussed the many different types of doors available to you, as well as key aspects to keep in mind when selecting either external or interior wooden doors. We highly recommend consulting with a professional to help ensure that you select the perfect door for your home. If you would like to read more door related guides or blogs, feel free to check out all of our blogs or take a look at the wide range of doors that we offer.

The Advantages Of Aluminium Doors In Modern Architecture


The Advantages Of Aluminium Doors In Modern Architecture


Glass and steel have grown in popularity for years now, thanks to the increase in people who want a more modern twist to their buildings, such as clean lines, open spaces and modern colour palettes to name a few examples. This embrace of modern architecture has gradually done away with the ornate carpentry and heavy masonry of yore and instead,  focused on minimalism, openness and functionality. More recently, however, aluminium has taken the spotlight for its minimalistic, modern style and its sustainable and durable properties. In this blog we’ll delve deeper into the properties of aluminium doors and why they could be advantageous additions to your building.



The Aesthetics Of Aluminium Doors In Modern Architecture


Aluminium doors have transcended mere functionality, becoming key additions in crafting the modern aesthetic that we all know and love. Aluminium’s inherent sleekness embodies minimalism, seamlessly integrating with the strong lines and maximised natural light, both of which are staples in modernistic architecture. Unlike bulky and ornate frames of more traditional doors, aluminium profiles are slender, smooth and clean. When coupled with large, expansive windows, we can create a home layout that dissolves the barrier between indoors and outdoors.


But aluminium's beauty goes beyond minimalism. Its versatility is unmatched. Forget boring metal doors; today, choose from a spectrum of vibrant colours to complement your design, from cool blacks and silvers to bold pops of colour that make a statement. Anodised finishes create a metallic sheen, while powder coating offers a wider palette with matte or textured options. This adaptability allows you to tailor your doors to perfectly match your unique vision and style. Whether it's a sleek industrial vibe or a vibrant, friendly aesthetic you’re after, the possibilities are endless.



The Undeniable Durability & Performance Of Aluminium Doors


Aluminium's lightweight strength, allows the material to thrive across South Africa's diverse climates. Its natural corrosion-resistant oxide layer shields it from rain, salt, and even mild acids, while its reflectivity keeps things cool even under the hot African sun. From windswept, humid coasts to sun-baked plains, aluminium's inherent strength and weather resistance make it a versatile and durable choice for any South African building in need of durable, high-performance doors.


What exactly are the performance capabilities of aluminium doors?



Thermal Insulation:


Aluminium doors incorporate insulating materials like polyamide strips, which can significantly reduce heat transfer. This is known as “thermal break technology” which reduces the amount of heat that transfers between the outer and inner profiles of your aluminium door, thus helping to keep your home temperature regulated. Most modern aluminium doors often go beyond the thermal break technology, giving you the option to incorporate high-performance or double-glazed glass to further enhance the thermal insulation of your door.


When choosing your aluminium doors, you will also have the option to get one with a low U-value or thermal transmittance. The lower this score on any aluminium door, the less heat transference takes place. These features significantly help regulate indoor temperatures and improve energy efficiency in your home. 





The same glass options that improve the thermal insulation of your doors can dampen sound from the outside. Aluminium doors, when properly sealed minimise sound leaks around the frame. This will help mitigate the sound coming in and going out through your door. When choosing your aluminium doors, you also have the option to get one with a higher STC rating (Sound Transmission Class). A higher STC rating means better noise insulation. Note that none of these options can assist when your door is exposed to direct rain or hail, the noise of which may even become amplified by your aluminium door frame. It is also important to keep in mind that the noise insulation of your door depends heavily on the implementation and specific features installed.



Fire Resistance:


Aluminium doors transcend aesthetics and durability, going so far as to weave fire safety into your home. These doors have an inherent non-combustibility and high melting point which stands as your first line of defence. Meticulously designed fire-rated options raise the potential safety factor even higher. This isn't just about ticking regulations; it's about peace of mind, knowing your loved ones and your home are as safe as they can be.



Durable & Versatile:


In South Africa's diverse climate, aluminium doors excel thanks to their impressive resistance to corrosion, warping, and even salty coastal winds. Surprisingly lightweight and easier to install than other options, their strength doesn't compromise aesthetics. From sleek modern styles to classic finishes, aluminium doors boast an extensive range that seamlessly blends with any architectural vision. These features make them versatile choices for contemporary buildings across South Africa.



Effortless Upkeep & Long-Term Value:


Aluminium doors also shine in their low-maintenance needs. A simple occasional wipe-down keeps them looking pristine, saving you time and money on upkeep. This, coupled with their exceptional durability and long lifespan, minimizes the need for replacements, further enhancing their cost-effectiveness. While aluminium doors might have a higher initial cost compared to timber options, their long-term value proposition through minimal maintenance and extended lifespan makes them a compelling choice for many homeowners. Ultimately, the best selection depends on your project's budget and desired door features.



The Sustainability & Environmental Benefits Of Aluminium Doors In ZA


When it comes to sustainable building materials, aluminium doors deserve a standing ovation. They boast 100% recyclability, making it an eco-friendly building owner’s ideal choice. Did you know that around 70% to 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today? This is possible seeing that aluminium can be recycled almost endlessly without compromising the unique properties and quality of the material. Even South Africa's diverse climate can't diminish its sustainability.


Aluminium's natural corrosion resistance reduces the need for harmful finishes to extend its lifespan, which minimises waste and the environmental footprint of your building. The next time you consider doors for your South African home, choose aluminium. It's not just the smart choice for durability, safety and style, but also a brilliant player in terms of a sustainable future.



Security & Functionality Of Aluminium Doors In South Africa



In South Africa, where security is paramount, aluminium doors stand tall. Their inherent strength starts with the material itself. Aluminium's high strength-to-weight ratio offers superior resistance to forced entry when installed correctly. This resilience is further bolstered by multi-point locking options, engaging the door at multiple points for enhanced security. Additionally, reinforced profiles and security glazing options further deter potential intruders.


But security isn't just about strength; it's also about convenience. Aluminium doors are renowned for their smooth operation. This is especially important for frequently used doors like building entrances. Modern aluminium doors also seamlessly integrate with automation systems, allowing for keyless entry, remote control access, and even integration with smart home technology, offering convenience and peace of mind.


It goes without saying that aluminium's versatility shines through in its application range. Whether you need a secure front entrance, a spacious sliding door for seamless indoor-outdoor living, or even interior partitions for flexible room layouts, aluminium doors deliver. Their inherent durability and sleek aesthetics make them suitable for various styles and applications, offering a perfect blend of security and functionality. All of these features make aluminium doors an obvious choice for South African building owners in need of functionality and security.


In conclusion, aluminium doors transcend aesthetics, weaving performance and sustainability into your South African building. Their sleek lines, exceptional durability, and thermal insulation create a haven of comfort, style and safety. Choose from a spectrum of vibrant colours and finishes to match your vision, all while enjoying the peace of mind of near-infinite recyclability and fire resistance. Security is ensured with multi-point locking systems and innovative options like automation.


While we've explored the many advantages of aluminium doors, the ideal choice for your specific needs and unique style will always be personal. Our team of door experts is here to guide you every step of the way, from initial consultation to professional installation - so feel free to contact us today. Want to delve deeper into specific door solutions or gain more home improvement insights? Explore our collection of informative blog posts! We cover everything from the latest door trends to expert tips on maximizing your home's functionality and style.

How to Fix And Prevent Swollen Exterior Doors



A Step-By-Step Guide To Door Swelling Prevention And Repair


Are you a sufferer of swollen exterior doors that stick, squeak, or just plainly refuse to close properly? Well you’re not the only one. Swollen exterior doors are a common problem that many homeowners face today. In this essential guide, we’re going to dive into why doors tend to swell and, most importantly, how you can avoid your doors from ever swelling in the first place and how to fix your doors when they do swell.



Why Do Exterior Doors Tend To Swell?


Wood is a hygroscopic material, which means that it absorbs, and releases,  moisture from the surrounding air. When the humidity in your door’s environment is high, it will absorb moisture and swell. When the humidity is low, your door will release moisture and shrink. Humidity coupled with exposure to rain and direct sunlight may cause wooden doors to expand and shrink unevenly, which will cause issues. These situations can also cause your door to warp which we cover in our blog, How To Fix & Prevent Warped Wooden Doors.



How To Fix Your Swollen Door


  • Check Your Hinges & Threshold

Before we start taking your door off and going to work, we should examine your door hinges and door threshold. Ensure that your door isn’t getting stuck due to loose or broken hinges. If your door hinges are loose, tighten them and if they are damaged beyond repair, replace them. Your door’s threshold needs to be properly installed and level with the floor, if this is not the case we suggest reinstalling the threshold if it is in good condition, otherwise you may need to replace it.


  • Inspect The Damage

If both your hinges and threshold are in working order and your door is still getting stuck or won’t close properly, the first thing you should do is examine the door for any signs of damage. If the door is damaged, you may see signs of warping, cracking and splitting, swelling, or water damage. For a repair guide for warped doors, take a look at our blog, How To Fix & Prevent Warped Wooden Doors.


If you find that your door is in fact swollen, you need to evaluate how severe the swelling is and where the swelling has taken place. When a door is slightly swollen in, for example, the bottom of the door, a simple sanding might suffice (only up until step 3 of this guide). However, when the swelling is across the entirety of your door, you may need to do some more extensive repairs (follow this entire guide). In extreme cases where your door is severely swollen to the point of compromised structural  integrity, you may have to replace the door.


  • Remove And Initial Sand

The next step, after you have found that your door is in fact swollen, is to take it off the hinges for sanding. Don’t forget your safety glasses and facemask, work in a well ventilated and well lit area. Sand the door with a coarse grit in order to remove any finish or paint that might trap moisture within the door. After the paint or finish is removed from the door you may move on to the next step.


If, however, you’ve evaluated the swelling to be minor and localised, you may sand the swollen area. Ensure that you feather the edges so that it blends into the rest of the door surface. Once the swollen area of the door is levelled, you may move to a finer and finer grain paper to sand the entire door until you’re left with a smooth surface. Even with these minor swelling cases, we recommend you still dry the door before applying a finish or paint (skip step 5 in other words).


  • Dry Out The Door

In order to dry out your door properly, you need to leave it in a controlled environment (garage or a workshop of some kind) with a dehumidifier. When drying out your door you need to be patient, because in order to avoid additional stress or warping on your door, it needs to dry out gradually. Depending on the wood your door is made of, the amount of water within the door and how well you sanded it, drying can take from a day or two to a few weeks. For an exact estimate we recommend contacting a professional.


To ensure your swollen door dries properly without over-drying, regular monitoring is essential. Begin by checking the door’s fit in its frame. If it starts to close smoothly without sticking, this is a good indicator that the swelling is reducing. Additionally, use a moisture metre for a more accurate reading of the wood's moisture levels (A stable reading over several days typically signifies that the door has sufficiently dried). Visual inspection is also a viable technique; look for any remaining signs of dampness or discolouration. For a more tactile approach, the door should also feel dry and return to a lighter weight when dried adequately. It's important when in doubt, or when working on a particularly valuable door, to seek advice from a woodworking professional who can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation and ensure the best care for your door.


  • Final Sanding

After the door has dried sufficiently, especially if the swelling was not minor or localised, you must do a final sand of your door. Start sanding the door with a coarse sandpaper, gradually moving to finer and finer grits while periodically checking the fit of the door - put it back on the hinges every now and then to see how well it fits. It is crucial in this step to sand away any remaining swelling or unevenness on the door’s surface that may have remained after the door has been dried properly. Stop when the surface of the door is even and smooth. If, however, you find yourself sanding away an excessive amount of wood to get to the desired fit or surface finish, then your door may be beyond repair and may need replacing.


  • Apply Stain And Sealant

After drying and sanding, you need to apply a finish to your door. Remember to ensure that you are completely satisfied with how your door fits as well as how it opens and closes before you start applying your finish. Apply your stain or sealant in even thin coats, allowing each coat to dry properly before adding the next one. How many layers you should apply depends on the finish you’re using. Check the instructions on the product you’re using or contact a professional to find out how many coats you should apply to your door for adequate protection. Remember to reapply your chosen finish as time goes on to further the longevity of your door.


  • Reinstall

Finally, after all the above steps have been completed properly, rehang your door in its frame and check whether it opens and closes properly. Keep in mind that this should not be the first time you test how your door fits - you should be sure to test it before applying your finish (before step 6).



How Can You Avoid Swelling In Your Doors?


To prevent swelling in your exterior doors, it's important to focus on moisture management. Start by finding any sources of water exposure, such as rain or high indoor humidity, and address these issues directly. Using a waterproof sealer (applied regularly as time goes on) or getting a storm door/screen are two viable options for addressing these water sources. Remember to keep an eye on your door in order to identify any signs of wear. You should address any surface damage to your door as soon as possible to avoid moisture from seeping into any imperfections in your door’s finish or seal.


If you notice fluctuations in your door’s size with changing seasons, it's usually a clear sign of indoor humidity issues. Placing a dehumidifier in the largest room of your house, or in a central location that affects multiple areas, may help stabilise the humidity levels. A high-capacity dehumidifier not only protects your wooden doors from swelling but also creates a healthier living environment by reducing the risk of mould, bacteria, and viruses that thrive in humid environments. Regularly maintaining your doors with these preventative measures will help you protect your doors from damage such as warping and swelling.


In sum, managing swollen exterior doors boils down to regular maintenance and proactive measures. Frequently sealing your doors with a waterproof sealer and monitoring indoor humidity with a dehumidifier are effective measures you can take to prevent swelling. Additionally, addressing any signs of wear or damage ASAP will help ensure that your doors stay in pristine condition for as long as possible. By following steps in this guide, you can maintain the functionality and appearance of your doors. Please feel free to check out our other blogs on wooden doors for more tips and guides.

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

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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

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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

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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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