By Heather Chow. Wine Cellar Door. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 08:52:06 AM.
The cellar door helps maintain the balance of temperature and humidity in a wine cellar by sealing in the air. Regulated temperature slows down the wine's aging process resulting in great flavors, colors and aromas. Maintained humidity level keeps the cork's moisture, thus preventing wine damage due to oxidation. If you don't have the proper door, there will be wine spoilage or damage, which of course you don't want to happen.
A wine room depends upon temperature and humidity control. Good insulation, a vapor barrier and climate control system are all key components, but a huge part of climate control comes in purchasing the right wine room door. The wrong decision can force your wine cellar cooler to work harder and allow undesirable warm air inside your wine room, defeating the rest of your careful wine room development and design. The correct wine door has a seal on the entryway when the door is closed, permitting the wine cellar cooling unit to mix temperature and humidity-controlled air through the whole wine room without fighting with air entering into the room from outside the door. Whether you choose a pre-made standard door, or have one crafted to your exact specifications, all good wine cellar doors have specific classifications that make them perfect for the climate control demands of your wine cellar.
Custom wood cellar doors should go through a special process designed to strengthen its insulating properties. A new technology, which only a few manufacturers offer, makes use of the Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). LVL is a type of engineered wood (made from small diameter trees) where multiple layers of thin wood are bonded together with the use of adhesives. This technology is better compared to traditional technology because of its essential features such as durability, uniformity, and ability to resist warping and shrinkage due to changing climate conditions.
Door Sweeps or Door Bottoms? As part of your wine cellar door's weather stripping process, it should include a threshold system. Thresholds seal the bottom part of your doors. Sweeps are commonly used since they're easier to install. Sweeps are basically strips of a certain flexible material, like rubber, that are screwed to the bottom part of the door. They tend to drag on the floor a lot which is a problem because they're easily subjected to wear and tear. Door bottoms might be the better choice since they're just popping up or down, therefore there's no dragging on the floor.
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