It is commonly (but incorrectly) assumed that the more a door costs the greater it's durability. As our Door choices are numerous covering a very wide spectrum of prices it is probably not unreasonable to make this assumption. It is, however, not true, all of our doors are intended for use in the kitchen or the generally less aggressive environment of the bedroom and consequently all are fit for that purpose.
Price differences between the various ranges are due entirely to the cost differences of the materials from which they are made and the length of time they take to make and in no way reflects the suitability of one range over another. A brief description of each of our main Door Types may help in understanding why they differ in price.
Laminate Doors this general term covers the doors in our Meldec and Asdec Ranges. For most practical purposes the two ranges are very similar, differing mainly in the available finishes. The core material used is chipboard which is covered on both faces with decorative Melamine (a hard plastic) facing. The raw edges are finished with an attractive plastic strip which either matches or contrasts with the board colour. It is not possible to machine smooth patterns into the chipboard surface therefore by definition Laminate doors are flat faced Slab style.
Vinyl Wrapped Doors this again is a general term covering a number of ranges, Downland Vinyl Wrap , Shannon Hi Gloss, Downland Hi Gloss , Vinyl Shaker. These ranges are all made in a similar way using medium density fibreboard as the core material, the back being faced with Melamine. Depending on the individual style the edges and front face are routed to produce a pleasing sculptured pattern. The surfaces other than the back are coated with an adhesive and a Vinyl Foil of the appropriate finish is pressed on to the surface. The prices differ due to the length of time needed to rout a particular pattern and the cost of the foil.
Painted Doors A number of Five Piece styles are available but the common feature is the hand finishing required in preparation, priming and painting the surfaces which increases the cost of these doors.
Real and Solid Wood Doors we differentiate between these types of door because the Real Wood have flat panels which are too thin to be made from solid timber and consequently are a real wood veneer on MDF. Solid Wood doors are exactly as described, raised panels inside a frame all made from solid timber. These are finished with a clear Lacquer, again applied by hand. The combination of the hand finishing and the relative high cost of the materials used makes these the most expensive doors.
The materials used for each door type are of the highest quality within that particular material type and consequently the resultant doors if treated with reasonable respect can be expected to provide many years of useful service.
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