How To Choose A Wine Cellar Door
Never underestimate the significance of some parts of your wine cellar which you usually don't pay too much attention – like wine cellar doors. We've noticed that there are a fair number of projects that just go with standard-type doors without considering the major role the door plays in terms of maintaining ideal wine storage conditions. So we hope that today's post will shed some light and help wine cellar fans out there choose the right type of wine cellar door which combines both functionality and aesthetics.
First off, choose a wine cellar door that can provide proper insulation.
Not all doors you'll find on the market are "wine cellar doors." This means that not all of them will possess the necessary features for proper insulation of your wine cellar. Keep in mind that you are trying to exercise total environment control over your precious collection. Hence, you cannot just plunk in any ordinary door which may not be able to help maintain the necessary temperature and humidity levels in your cellar. For example, if you're going with a glass door, you have to make sure its insulation value and thickness are good enough. At WCI, we usually utilize R-5 insulation value for our glass units with thick tempered pains for maximum insulation.
Second, consider the small but vital elements in your door parts.
Hinges, door jambs, locksets, moldings and trim, and door swing are some of the seemingly small but absolutely essential elements in your wine cellar door. You must see to it that these parts are properly functional and made from durable materials. Door jambs and hinges, for example, are prone to rusting. Plus, door jambs can oftentimes cause structural problems, particularly if they don't come with precise specifications. It won't do you and especially your bottles any good if your door hangs loosely with an inch or more gap from the floor. This will be very detrimental to keeping the right temperature and humidity levels in the cellar. Then again, creaky hinges are definitely something to squeak about as well!
Last of all, think of how your door can increase your cellar's aesthetic value.
A functional wine cellar door CAN be a gorgeous one! WCI has a fine selection of beautifully crafted semi-custom wine cellar doors as well as fully customized ones as well. Apart from helping your cellar stay carefully sealed, our doors are really eye-candy. The unique and inviting designs enhance the natural elegance of your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture. Here are just some of the fab choices you can browse through:
So go on and "open" wonderful tasting opportunities for family, friends, and fellow connoisseurs today by picking up the right wine cellar door at WCI! ^_^
Tips On Choosing Your Wine Cellar Door
In a custom wine cellar project, it’s essential to consider all the elements that will complete it – even the smallest details. A wine cellar door is, for the most part, considered an “accent” and doesn’t bring in as much attention as that given to the wine racking units or wine refrigeration system. But don’t forget that a wine cellar door also serves an important role in helping maintain ideal storage conditions in the wine cellar. That’s why choosing your wine cellar door should also be done with care – with the help of these useful guidelines:
Check that the door style you choose has proper insulation.
We cannot overemphasize on the importance of proper insulation in your wine cellar. Keep in mind that frequent or sudden changes in temperature and/or humidity levels will greatly affect the aging of your bottles. It’s a must to ensure that your wine cellar maintains the standard 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity. That’s why when you shop for your wine cellar door, also make sure that it possesses the right insulation value. For example, here at WCI, our basic entry wine cellar door has a standard R-5 insulation value as well as threshold, door sweep and insulation stripping.
If you’re going for glass doors, ascertain the quality and thickness.
Now if you want to go for glass doors or entryways for your wine cellar, you have to be quite meticulous about the quality and thickness of the material used. You wouldn’t want to waste precious money on a glass door that will easily crack or succumb to ordinary wear and tear. Here at WCI, the glass we use for glass-enclosed projects is 1/2″ thick glass, designed to maximize refrigeration and humidification benefits. For decorative applications such as etched glass doors, we utilize double-paned glass units consisting of (2) 3/16″ thick tempered panes with a 3/16″ air gap for a 9/16″ total thickness.
Go for the “pre-hung” door for easy installation and precise fit.
What is a “pre-hung” door? It’s actually a door that is already hanging in its own frame. By selecting the pre-hanging option, you will receive a full unit with the door prepped, hinged and assembled to your specifications. That means you get the complete package delivered to your doorstep and all that is needed is to install the unit. This not only makes your wine cellar project go more efficiently, but you’re also assured of a precise fit to your wine cellar entryway.