When it comes to choosing a new door for your kitchen, there are a whole host of considerations that must be taken into account. For the average homeowner, buying a new kitchen door isn’t an every day experience. In fact, it’s probably not even an every decade experience. But that doesn’t mean the decision itself is an easy one, or one that should be taken in haste. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of any particular door, the door you choose must also be effective at insulating from the cold – one of the door’s primary functions once it arrives. Additionally it must be able to fend off fire, rather than to quickly go up in flames, which usually means it will need to be of a thick wood and specially coated to cope.
Aside from that there are a host of other factors that need to be taken into account on what’s best for your kitchen, including the quality of the workmanship and installation on the door, as well as the weight and locking mechanism involved in any particular model.
Kitchen Door Quality
Kitchen door quality is a somewhat abstract concept, and one that is almost purely subjective. What one man deems to be a quality fixture might not measure up to the demands of another, and quite a number of buyers simply won’t care either way. Nevertheless it’s important to have a checklist of your requirements when looking to buy a new door, which could include some of the following:
- Weight – heavier doors tend to be better quality and better at insulating, but they are also more difficult to open and can more quickly become stiff.
- Facade – what is the cladding like on the door? Is it plastic? Do you require a wooden facade, or just a simply carved door?
- Locking – does the door have a handle-through lock? Will you need to acquire a separate lock for the door, and will it be easy to fit?
- Hinging – depending on the weight of the door, you may need any number and quality of hinges to support it in the doorframe. The heavier the door, the better quality hinges you’ll need to buy, as a general rule.
- Fire Resistance – particularly important for internal doors, you want to make sure your door is fire resistant enough to prevent the spread of fire and to allow you to leave the property safely in the event of an emergency