A tightly sealed environment is one of the requirements of an ideal wine storage structure. If a cellar falls short of having an airtight setup, the wines stored in it are in danger of spoilage. It will be a terrible waste of money if a cellar owner invests in the construction of a wine room only to let air leak out of a poorly built door. A crack in the door, no matter how small, can cause a massive imbalance to the temperature and humidity levels inside the cellar. Consequently, this could lead to the spoiling of the stock inside. To keep your wine collection safe from damage, make sure that all the essential elements of a functional wine storage room are complete, including a properly installed high quality cellar door.
The main purpose of a high grade wine cellar door is to make sure that a storage structure is completely impermeable to air and moisture, so that the temperature and humidity levels inside are prevented from fluctuating. Constant changes in the climate controlled conditions are detrimental to the quality of wines. Ideally, the thermal resistance or R-value of a cellar door must be at least 14. This is the necessary value for a door to be effective in keeping a wine room tightly sealed.
Three Vital Conditions Inside the Custom Wine Cellar
Whether you own a commercial wine storage space or a residential cellar, there are three important conditions that you need to control, and they are temperature, humidity, and light. All of these three conditions can quickly be destroyed if you put in place a poor quality door that is not intended for climate control.
Some people spend a lot on costly materials for the construction of their cellar in California. But even if you properly insulate the room with a vapor barrier, if there is no heavy-duty door in place, the cellar will still not be able to meet the standard of an effective wine storage structure. Some people would also invest in the installation of a refrigeration system. But no cooling equipment will be able to provide the climate controlled conditions if a dependable door is not installed. All these expenses would mean nothing if the temperature and humidity inside the storage space are not maintained at the ideal levels.
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Durable and Stylish Custom Wine Cellar Doors
Structural integrity, durability, airtightness, and insulation capabilities are all essential qualities of an ideal door. Besides these functional characteristics, it is also important for a door to be stylish and well-designed. The entrance way to your wine cellar should be attractive to your guests, because the appearance of your door is the first object to catch your eye and adds aesthetic value to your storage room.
There are various materials used for constructing wine cellar doors in San Francisco. In choosing a material for your storage room, consider functionality and aesthetics. The most appropriate door for you depends on the overall style you want to achieve for your wine room. The following kinds of doors are both durable and beautiful:
1. Solid Wood Doors for Posh and Sophisticated Wine Cellars
This type is the most common choice for wine storage entryways. There is no limit to the style choices you can have for your doors. You can choose from a variety of wood species, such as Sapele, Mahogany, Maple, Redwood, Rustic Alder, Walnut, Oak, Rosewood, etc. When selecting the kind of wood to use, make sure that the material matches the racks and shelves in your cellar. You can also opt to have stains and finishes applied to the wooden entryway. We, at Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco, strongly recommend exterior grade doors complete with weather-stripping on all four sides.
Constructing Wooden Wine Storage Doors Using Old World Techniques
One of the earliest and most resilient methods of joining wooden boards together is called a Mortise and Tenon Joint. For many centuries, woodcrafters have used this procedure to reinforce doors that require high insulation, such as those that are installed in wine storage rooms. At Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco, we use doors that are built using this process because are they are more durable. Wine cellars that utilize these doors are protected from potential leakages and are more tightly sealed.
New Trends for Building High Tech Solid Wood Cellar Doors
Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco also uses a new and innovative technology called Laminated Veneer Lumber or LVL. This is a material that only a few manufacturers offer. LVL is an engineered wood product. It is designed by constructing layers of thin wood that are sealed together using adhesives.
A common perception regarding wood laminates is that these are inferior to solid wood. But LVL is distinctly more durable than the average wood laminate. In fact, this product offers many more advantages compared to standard milled lumber, because LVL is stronger, straighter, and more uniform. Unlike typical lumber, LVL is less likely to warp, twist, bow, or shrink due to its composite nature.
In the case of a custom wine cellar door, the lamination process of LVL helps build a stronger product that can effectively insulate a storage room in a far more superior way than solid wood.
2. Glass Doors for Chic and Modern Wine Rooms
Glass doors are ideal for those who want to see the inside of their wine rooms from outside. With glass-enclosed cellars, it doesn’t matter what kind of racking or shelving is installed inside, because the door does not need to match the interior. Whether you own rustic wooden wine display rows or contemporary metal racks, with glass entryways, you have the opportunity to showcase the design of your cellar to all your guests without needing to let them inside the room. This is an incredible advantage because you get to avoid the unnecessary and damaging fluctuations in temperature and humidity in your wine room caused by the frequent opening of the door.
Standard glass does not actually have good insulating qualities. Most glass companies do not provide the necessary insulation value needed for a wine cellar glass door. If you want to use glass for your wine room’s entryway, make sure that you use dual-paned tempered glass with a solid core. Ideally, the glass should be 5/8 inches in thickness.
We, at Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco, offer customization options for glass doors. You can opt to have a unique design incorporated in the glass by choosing to have it etched or stained.
3. Wrought Iron Entryways for Baroque and Stylish Wine Storage Structures
The ornate features of wrought iron cellar doors create a majestically dramatic feel to your wine room. This kind of door is usually built with dual-paned tempered glass for better insulation capacities. The interior glass panels are ideally operable. This means that the wrought iron can be opened and closed, so that the glass can easily be cleaned and maintained.
Wrought iron entryways are hand-forged by skillful craftsmen that mold the metal to create detailed patterns and intricate designs, such as grape clusters, vines, leaves, and more. Cellar owners can choose to have their doors custom-designed to meet their specific style preferences.
Hand-forged wrought iron doors are made from combining 16 and 18-gauge steel. To ensure that the door is airtight, foam and weather stripping are applied around the metal frame, the glass frame, and the rubber sweep. Moreover, high quality polyurethane foam is injected into the wrought iron frame and body for added insulation.
4. Stainless Steel Doors for Elegant and Contemporary Wine Cellars
Stainless steel wine room doors are among the most stunning but affordable choices of cellar entryways. Just like wrought iron doors, steel entryways are typically built with dual-pane tempered glass for additional insulation value.
This kind of cellar door is popular not only for its aesthetic appeal, but also for its durability and longevity. Stainless steel is highly resistant to warping. It never rots, shrinks, or sags. Unlike average metal stainless steel does not corrode or rust due to its high resistance to oxidation. It is easy to clean, and if properly maintained, will last up to 30 years or longer.
Just like all other types of wine cellar doors, stainless steel can be customized to meet your specific design preferences. Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco offers stainless steel doors complete with weather stripping, high grade hinges, jamb, etc.
Additional Security Features for Your Custom Wine Cellar Door
Besides the style and design of your door, the need for security in your wine cellar should also be considered. It’s not enough to have a door installed. You must make sure that you have the capacity to keep your wine room locked. There are many options to secure a cellar entryway. The simplest ones include the standard lock-and-key method or the deadbolt lock. Those who want additional security and a little more flexibility can choose to have a keypad locking system set up. This option allows wine room owners to set a passcode combination and change it whenever necessary. The advancement in technology also offers a more innovative approach, and that is through a fingerprint recognition system. In this tightly secured setup, only the person with the registered fingerprint is granted access to the wine cellar.
Find the Perfect Wine Cellar Door for Your Storage Room!
Understanding how important it is to have a high standard door for your wine cellar – what’s the next step? You need to hire a storage specialist to install the appropriate door for your wine room. A professional can help determine the right door for your storage structure, and will also provide the installation services needed. Our experts at Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco are trained to perform these services and will also provide assessment procedures to make sure that your storage room is sealed properly.
Hire Expert Contractors for Your Wine Cellar Door Needs
Custom Wine Cellars San Francisco has over a decade of experience in building effective wine storage systems in California. Entrust the installation of your wine room door to an expert. Our specialists will help you through the process of selecting the right materials needed for the installation of your door. Our design consultants can also assist you in choosing the most appropriate style for your cellar entryway.
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