By Davina Barkley. Wine Cellar Door. Published at Thursday, May 24th, 2018 - 02:28:12 AM.
Understanding Cellar Door Properties: Your cellar entrance should be an exterior grade door which is very sturdy, able to withstand constant change in temperature and keep outside air from leaking in. It should be durable and insulated to avoid warping. All doors should come with automatic bottoms or combination of door sweep and threshold (to avoid cool air from escaping), and perimeter seal. These allow openings to be sealed protecting the wines from spoiling due to air leaks. In the case of glass doors, they should have dual-paned, tempered and thermal glass.
Door bottoms work by using a special mechanism that pulls the rubber bottom up when the door is opened. The rubber bottom then pops right back down just as soon the door is totally closed. It's the perfect choice especially when you have a carpeted floor on the swing side. Door bottoms combined with thresholds can form quite a good airtight seal. But if you don't want to see any transitions on your flooring design, door bottoms can perform well on its own.
When using glass, keep in mind to use multi-paned glass, or insulated glass, to take advantage of its anti-condensation properties. Insulated glass prevents condensation by utilizing a gas-filled layer in between the panes. This sealed-in gas prevents the cold inner glass from making contact with the normally warm outer air, which causes condensation. Furthermore, multi-paned glass allows you to make use of stained glass which is basically just a single pane glass. The empty layers give you more space for the type of designs you want on your custom wine cellar door.
Another attractive cellar door option is the glass door. It can be plain, etched or stained. Glass etching is the roughening of a piece of glass in selected areas to create a permanent design on it, thus creating an elegant look. Doors with stained glass are also attractive and can blend with any existing decor you have. Insulated glass compared to regular glass is ideal for doors because of its improved binding capacity and ability to control climate in a cellar.
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