Is it Time For DIY and choosing new doors?

Tape MeasureThere have been some interesting findings lately regarding the amount of time we spend using digital devices and the extensive use of gadgets by teenagers. In and amongst such studies are references to how much time the average person sleeps, sends text messages and watches television. Alarmingly, BBC news reported that on average, people are spending more time with digital devices than they are sleeping.

It seems that things are changing in relation to how people are spending their free time as well. For some time, it has been reported that people are spending less and less time doing DIY. Younger people are less capable of doing DIY tasks and people are increasingly relying on the work of a tradesman rather than do the work themselves.

As a parent of a three year old I often feel there is very little time for work around the house and I like to make the most of family time when we are together. This means I am often more inclined to book the services of a trades person.

At Kershaws Doors we are particularly interested in the facts related to DIY as many of our customers do the finishing and fitting of their doors following their purchase from us. We have noticed an increase in the use of carpenters to help with the adjustment and installation of new doors.

We are proud of our top quality selection of wooden doors and we want to ensure that our doors are finished and fitted properly so we are more than happy to help with any concerns or questions. We have included full details of how to finish and fit doors on our website. We also have a customer services team who are always happy to help if you have any queries about varnishing, painting and fitting your doors.

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Glazed Doors for a Nursery – are they suitable?

Bastille clear glazed

We recently had an enquiry from a customer for a collection of new doors for their nursery facility. During the initial phone call, the customer explained that they had implemented a new policy within the nursery to allow increased visibility of the children. They said that this is partly a health and safety matter and also a practical issue for being able to monitor all the separate rooms throughout the nursery.

We explained that we have a number of doors featuring large glass panels to maximise visibility and light. The customer was concerned that they required fire doors and they feared that it was not possible to buy stylish fire doors featuring glass panels. In fact, we have a wide selection of doors that fit the bill and the customer was surprised at the amount of choice that they had. We were able to select a number of suitable styles featuring toughened safety glass to allow for the rough and tumble one might expect in a nursery.

After much deliberation, the customer opted for our Bastille glazed internal doors, which feature a large pane of glass which is clear Pyro glass to the fire rated version and an extra panel of wood at the base of the door. They also purchased a complementary solid panel style Bastille doors. These are both popular models that are available in a number of sizes, including the option of custom sizes.

We are always interested in a new or different application for our doors and it is great for us to spend time discussing requirements with customers to help them choose the most appropriate doors from our collection. In this case, we are looking forward to seeing the photos of the job once it is complete and we hope that the children and staff at the nursery like their new doors.

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How to choose the correct door frames for your timber doors

Adjustable internal frame kit cross section

Adjustable internal frame kit cross section

While reading a social media advice page I came across a question from someone who had bought hardwood doors for internal use from one supplier and hardwood frames from a large DIY store and were experiencing problems while fitting the doors to the frames. The frames had a rebated groove which was causing problems for the fitting of the hinges. It appears that the hardwood frames were probably designed as Fire Door frames and required an Intumescent strip fitting into the groove, or as they were hardwood were external door frames with a groove for a weather seal. This highlights the problems of purchasing doors and frames separately and from suppliers who do not give specific advice. In this instance it appears that the purchaser needed Internal Hardwood frames for standard doors, not FD30 doors.

It’s important to choose doors and frames from a specialist door supplier who will advise you on the correct frame kit for the doors you are purchasing, and the specific fire door regulations if you require this. Many people are very capable DIY enthusiasts and can fit door frames and doors, however, these days there are many options available and the large mega stores often provide a limited range of products. A reputable door supplier will have a variety of door frame kits.
Note: Timber door frames are usually not pre-jointed and consist of separate, individual length, components which can be cut and adjusted to suit your desired door size opening.

External timber door frame kits are usually in Red Hardwood or American White Oak timber which is pre-sanded ready to paint or stain. (it is important to use a finishing product recommended by the supplier). The rebates on the frame are suitable for a standard 44mm exterior door thickness. Look for suppliers who provide door frame package which includes the Jamb, Head, Weather Seal, Sill, Rain Deflector and Threshold to make sure you have the required components, this will state the cost of everything included.

Internal timber door frame kits are now available in a great range of types including standard Knotty Pine Softwood suitable for painting, or Oak veneer wrapped MDF frames which can be supplied as standard or suitable for Fire Door requirements. The MDF frames can be supplied ready to finish or pre-finished and ready to fit. Look for frame kits supplied with a loose door stop that can be glued and pinned in position as these can suit a door with a 35-44mm door thickness. The frame will need two upright legs ‘Jambs’ and one single shorter length ‘Head’ from the same section therefore five lengths will make 2 door openings.

We often take the humble door frame for granted but it is an important part of any door opening.

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Fire Door Safety Week is 15th – 21st September

Fire Door Safety WeekThe week commencing the 15th -21st of September is fire door safety week and so the the BWF Certifire (British Woodworking Federation) BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door & Doorset Scheme are hoping this will promote fire door safety. For more detailed information please click on the links below.

http://firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/
http://www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/fire-doors

Over many years Kershaws Doors Ltd have supplied thousands of Certified Fire doors to both domestic and trade customers. These doors have been fitted into homes which have more than 2 floors, rental properties, between garages and adjoining living accommodation, hotels, restaurants and many other types of properties.
It is very important that Certified Fire doors, frames and hardware are bought from a supplier who can give the correct certification.
Customers often ask us why they have been asked to fit fire doors by their Building Regulation departments. The information below may help with why Fire doors are important and why their construction is so important.

Fire Doors are important because

  • they save lives
  • they are an important component to the fire protection in a building
  • they give protection staircases and corridors which are escape routes

What’s so important about Fire Doors?

  • they must be made correctly
  • they must be installed by a competent person and maintained correctly
  • they must be tested and certified to BS 476 Part 22 or BS EN 1634 Part 1
  • they must work correctly in order to save lives
  • they must not be compromised, altered or adapted from their original manufacture
  • they must be fitted to appropriate fire tested frames
  • they must have Fire suitable hardware fittings
  • they must have the correct glazing with fire standard seals fitted glazed
  • they must have the correct intumescent seals when fitted
  • they must not be propped open

Fire Door Safety Week

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Are there any Left Handed Door Handles?

Writing image © Vassilis https://www.flickr.com/photos/vassilisonline/ rel=

Writing image © Vassilis

There is a special day in the calendar to raise awareness about left handed people and the issues that they face from day to day. International Left Handers Day is celebrated on 13th August each year and it was first celebrated in 1976.

Studies suggest that around 10% of the population are left handed and there are certain traits and conditions more commonly associated with left handed people.

Home and work environments are often designed for right handed people and it can be difficult to imagine the issues that left handed people face when using common items such as scissors, tin openers and rulers. Various furniture items are typically designed for right handed people such as office desks. If you imagine where items are typically placed such as drawers and a telephone then you can see how this can make things a little awkward.
So, do we sell left handed door handles at Kershaws Doors? Well, this is a bit of a trick question and the answer is yes and no! You cannot buy door handles for left handed people. If you think about it, a door handle that is on the right on the outside will be on the left when you open it from the inside. Either way, the door handle will be on the right on one side and the left on the other. However we do talk about left and right handed fitting of doors which refers to which side the hinges are fixed, consequently the door will swing to the left if the hinges are on the left.

If you are purchasing door hardware and need to discuss the correct fitting of handles, locks or hinges then please give our sales office a call we will be very happy to answer your queries. You will find a good selection of accessories and hardware often relating to specific doors on our website.

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We love Doors – How did our story begin?

Colour LogoWe are often asked why the owner of Kershaws Doors (David Kershaw) went into the door selling business. As with many businesses the company was created out of a series of chance opportunities which were tried out and developed rather than an initial idea with strategic planning. Nevertheless, the company is now a well planned and efficient business yet it’s early beginnings do not resemble its current form.

David Kershaw had an interest in timber since his early school days where he excelled in woodwork classes. His other passion was always music which is still a major hobby and was a career consideration during the late 1960’s early 70’s. However, his other abilities in electrical engineering and later computer engineering became his vocation after leaving school. During the mid 1990’s he was made redundant due to a company takeover which gave him an opportunity to try other career paths. His entrepreneurial qualities came into play and he dabbled with many business ideas many of which involved the use of timber.

After 12 months of trying various ideas he hit on the idea of upcycling discarded timber products which generally found their way into landfill. The recycling revolution was a topical consideration at the time and and of great interest to him so he found a small warehouse with retail permission as a base to store and sell on these unwanted timber products. This idea proved to be popular as customers around the area began to realise that the odd scrap of timber, MDF or moulding could be found at Davids shop and became their first stop before looking elsewhere. He was often asked about timber doors and soon found a source of door seconds which the enterprising people of Bradford found very useful especially the landlords of rental properties.

As time went on David was asked for more and more doors in various sizes and differing styles and qualities, so- you guessed it- Kershaws Doors was born by popular demand. In 1999 Kershaws Doors became limited and also the first retail door supplier to have a website designed and built by the owner himself. The company is now a leading door retailer supplying thousands of doors to both domestic and trade customers.

As they say:- “Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow” this is really true for Kershaws Doors Ltd

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Rental Property Development – Estate Agents update!

mortgageLatest reports from estate agents suggest that the rental property market is very strong with lots of people looking to rent properties. Many potential buyers are struggling to get a mortgage, which means they are forced to rent and it seems we are less focused on owning our own property than in previous generations. Interestingly renting properties is much more common in other countries such as Germany where around half of the population rent their property.

If you have the capital to invest in property, then the current climate may mean it is a good time to become a landlord. Mortgage costs are at an all time low with low interest rates, however house prices are on the rise so you need to consider this carefully. The return can be lucrative but the risk of bad tenants is a scary prospect. Damage to your property and non-payment of rent are serious concerns.

At Kershaws Doors we have a lot of regular customers that are landlords buying doors when renovating properties. From experience, we find that some customers, who are landlords, say they have previously purchased low budget options and now realise that a new, good quality timber door which has been well sealed or painted is an important element for selling a rental property and will provide good safety and stand the test of time. Along with the magnolia paint on all the walls, they tell us that a new door helps to create a positive first impression. Standards have risen in the rental market, partly due to increased competition with more rental properties available and this means that landlords have to make sure they renovate their properties to a good standard with quality finishes and fittings. If you are a landlord and you wish to buy good quality doors to improve the look of your properties then please call our customer services team to discuss your requirements.

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Interesting Fifth Wedding Anniversary Gift! A new wood Front Door

Anniversary DoorAt Kershaws Doors we talk to lots of customers each week. We handle general enquiries about doors, we give tips about finishing and fitting and we can help customers select complementary door accessories and hardware.

Sometimes we come across new and interesting stories about why people wish to buy a new door and this week we had such a customer. A gentleman called our customer services team to ask about our Danielle Regal external door. Over the course of the conversation he explained that he was actually buying the door as an anniversary gift for his wife. In the traditional list of wedding anniversary symbols, the fifth anniversary is represented by wood. Therefore he had decided to buy his wife a wooden door. He had been planning the gift for some time. After buying their new home over six years before, his wife had been desperate for a smart glazed wooden door to replace the PVC one that was already in place when they bought the house. He had carefully asked his wife over a period of months about what styles she would like and then spent time looking through our wide range of exterior doors to find a design to match her requirements. She had pointed out a couple of doors that she liked whilst they were out and about so he had a good idea what she did and did not like.

We thought this was a great idea and we are really keen to hear how she reacted to this unusual gift. The customer has promised to let us know and he said he will send us a photo of the door once he has organised fitting.

If you are looking for an innovative gift idea then take a look at our wide selection of doors and door hardware.

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Internal Bi-Folding Doors

Do you have a requirement for a new internal door but have limited opening space? To clarify! when a standard width door is opened into a room it needs sufficient space to swing into the next room, if not then the door may become an obstacle. In addition you may wish to open up a large section of wall between rooms for entertaining yet have the option to close this area off at other times. Our internal bi-fold doors may be a great solution to your space or lifestyle predicament. At Kershaws Doors we offer a good selection of interior bi-fold doors including glazed, solid, traditional and modern styles.

Astbury

Astbury folding sliding set

A customer contacted us recently to ask whether we had any ideas for how he could close off his large open plan conservatory in the colder months and yet open it up to create an open space in the warmer months. He was considering building up a wall however he did not want to lose the light. We explained that our bi-fold doors offer this flexibility so you can easily create a divider between the two rooms as and when required. After looking at our website at our bi-fold doors, he decided to go for our Astbury range which features large glass panels so you can maximise the levels of light into the property while retaining the heat in cooler months. These doors feature a track system at the top and bottom to allow smooth opening and closing.

Another typical use for a bi-fold door is where space is tight, for example if you have a small opening for a toilet, cupboard or utility room in an awkward space. Often a bi-fold door allows you to gain access in a more effective way than a standard solid door opening.

If you have any queries about how to make the best use of your space or you have a specific issue in your home where a door could help, please call our friendly customer services team. We have been involved in all sorts of innovative projects so please make use of our knowledge and experience to solve your individual issues.

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Trends in Door Hardware and Accessories

At Kershaws Doors we like to keep on top of the latest interior design trends to ensure that we source and design doors and associated door hardware that customers will desire.

Aurora B50 curved handle

So what are the top trends in interior design that we can extend to our door hardware? The popularity of silver accessories throughout the home continues to grow and this equally applies to door hardware with satin stainless steel and zinc being popular finishes.

Door handles can change the overall look of your doors allowing you to modernise your existing doors or if you are investing in new doors you will want to carefully consider how you finish them to set the tone for your interior scheme.

If you like a curved look, the Aurora B50 handle features a slim elegant curve, which looks modern and attractive.

 

Discovery E62 angular handle

If you are looking for an angular, square shaped handle then you may like the Discovery E62 Handle. The satin zinc finish is smart and gives a solid, quality feel.

Black is always popular as a secondary colour in interiors and the new polished black designs offer a stylish and contemporary finish as an alternative to the Stainless Steel handle designs. For traditional timber doors look at Antique Black ranges with many accessories such as hinges, escutcheons and thumbturns. The Antique range is especially compatible with Traditional Oak external doors.

 

 

Shadow polished black nickel handle

We have seen that the traditional door knocker has grown in popularity recently, adding a touch of elegance to a classic wooden door. Many styles are available in finishes such as brass, polished chrome and satin chrome.

If you are buying new doors or you wish to refresh the look of your doors, why not take a look at our door hardware collection? We have added a number of new items reflecting latest trends and customer requests. We have a wide range of door handles, escutcheons, letterboxes and other hardware items to finish your beautiful new door.

Our website 1doors.co.uk features a useful recommendations gallery beneath your product selection showing complementary hardware that would match your products so this can help choose matching items.

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Kitchen Decorating ideas – Start with a new kitchen door!

Denver kitchen image © Moores Furniture Group, All rights reserved

Denver kitchen image © Moores Furniture Group, All rights reserved

Studies suggest that most people decorate their kitchen at least once every ten years. There are so many options for decorating schemes ranging from traditional and cosy to minimalist and stylish. There are some general themes that are fairly stable and safe for a number of years and other fashions that come and go.

One of the stable themes that is likely to last the test of time is the use of natural materials such as solid wooden floors and granite worktops. Once you start to look for ideas about your new kitchen you will soon be overwhelmed with all the options of materials and finishes available. Even when you have made a choice for wood or stone, the options within each category are immense. Reclaimed wood has become a popular option for kitchen worktops and furniture. This offers a high level of quality and an elegant traditional look. Many people choose reclaimed wood as a sustainable environmentally friendly option.

So, what would be the perfect choice of door to accompany a natural themed kitchen? Surely a wooden door would be top of the list for most people and Kershaws Doors offers a wide selection of options ranging from modern sleek Oak doors to traditional Rustic Pine Wood finish doors.

It’s always a good idea to create a mood board if possible including all the different elements you would like to include in your kitchen. Sometimes people come to us after choosing their units and flooring looking for a complementary door, but I would suggest that you consider your door as part of the overall design from the beginning. This helps to get a truly consistent theme throughout the room and sometimes people find that the choice of door can become a focal point for the room so it can influence other furniture and furnishings choices. If you would like to talk to us about doors for your new kitchen or any room, then please call us on 0845 467 1910 or 01274 604488.

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Mediterranean Style properties – Door Puzzle

Mediterranean Doors Jigsaw © WHSmith

Mediterranean Doors Jigsaw, image © WHSmith, All Rights Reserved

I always have an eye out for anything door related whenever I am out and about. Working with doors all week makes you very aware of door designs and things related to doors. I look for inspiration in all sorts of places and it is surprising how often I am rewarded with an idea when I least expect it. This Blog post is about a puzzle that I spotted over the weekend with a door theme.

I was in a well known stationery shop, one that can be found in most town centres. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a jigsaw called “Mediterranean Doors 1000 piece jigsaw”! This would be a great present for everyone in the office at Kershaws Doors as we are all keen door enthusiasts. The jigsaw design is lovely and colourful featuring thirteen sections with different scenes. There are fourteen different wooden doors in total with different coloured walls surrounding them.

The picture includes various styles of doors. Some are solid wood while others are glazed wooden doors and all of them are typical Mediterranean style properties.

If you are looking for a Mediterranean style door for your property then take a look at the Kershaws Doors website. You will find a wide selection and you can select a drop down list of “Door Styles” to define what type of door you are looking for. In the External Doors section, you will find “Period Doors” and “Cottage Doors” which include the more traditional Mediterranean styles. Painting your door in an appropriate colour can help to create the Mediterranean look and if you select the hardwood doors you will find a range that are perfect for painting. We would always suggest using our recommended paints and finishes which you can also find on our website.

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Fading Exterior Timber Doors

UV filter woodstainWe have been experiencing some seriously hot and sunny weather over the past few weeks. For some of us, this is a great opportunity to catch some rays and spend some time outdoors. However, the strong sunlight and hot weather does take its toll on some of our exposed furniture and furnishings. I have noticed that some of our items on the window-sill and near the windows at home have been affected by fading from the sun. Outdoor items such as fences and sheds may become dry and require re-treatment or repainting.

Years of exposure to the sun can cause damage to an external door. You are most likely to spot this as you look at your door in the bright sun. If your wooden door is looking a bit worse for wear then it may be time to look for a new one and Kershaws Doors have a wide range to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. If your door is generally sound, but it is in need of an update then you may wish to give it a face lift (or re-finish it). This can take a bit of work and you will need to remove the door to do it property, however it is relatively straightforward if you are competent at DIY.

You will find details about finishing your timber door in the “Door Finishing” section of the website. Prior to following these instructions you will need to sand and prepare the door. You can always call our friendly customers services team for tips and advice about finishing your door whether it is an external or internal door. We sell a selection of paints and varnishes including base coats and top coats, which are specially designed for external timber doors and comply with the latest environmental legislation regarding timber finishes. Look at the Sadolin and Sikkens products on our website, these contain UV filters specially designed to protect timber in areas of high sun exposure. These products also give guidance on finishing and maintaining the quality of your timber door so you can be sure you will get the right level of coverage and protection.

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Glasgow Opens Its Doors to Athletes from around the World

Glasgow 2014 Emirates Arena

Glasgow 2014 – Emirates Arena © daniel0685 used under CC license

The Commonwealth Games is the topic of the moment in the office at Kershaws Doors. We are all enjoying the event and pleased to see that it is getting strong coverage on television. Having the event in the UK seems to make it more relevant for us and Glasgow has fantastic facilities as well as strong support for the athletes. The Kershaws Doors office is based in West Yorkshire so unfortunately none of us will be making the journey to Glasgow to watch any of the events live.

So, here are some facts about the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This is the 20th Commonwealth Games event with 71 teams (nations) from Anguilla to Zambia including a couple of countries that I have never heard of. Following the Opening Ceremony we had a little quiz in the office during our lunch break to see who could locate some of the obscure nations, which proved quite a challenge.

With almost 5,000 competing athletes, this is the largest multiple sports event ever held in Scotland. There are 261 medal events and 22 para-sports events meaning there is something for everyone. Amongst the team at Kershaws Doors we have a keen rugby fan who enjoyed the rugby sevens. We also have a couple of guys who are interested in the weightlifting and we’ve all enjoyed the swimming and athletics. I really enjoyed watching a new event which has been added to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This is the triathlon mixed relay event, which involved teams of two men and two women. In turn, each athlete had to complete a 400m swim, a 6km cycle followed by a 1.6km run. We had an extra interest in this event as the Brownlee brothers are local to the Kershaws Doors office, living in the Leeds area. The brothers have been spotted out training on their bikes in the hills around and about.

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What are the Standard Timber Door sizes in the UK?

Tape MeasureCustomers choose doors for many reasons, maybe they are creating a new build or have purchased a property with doors which have seen better days or are not of a suitable style for the property or the customer. Maybe the property requires fire doors or need a new Front Door to improve curb appeal. What ever the reason there are some considerations to take into account when choosing the correct doors whether for External or Internal applications.
An important starting point is to asses the size of the doors as this has some bearing on the designs available in a particular size range, this filter is useful when faced with a lot of options and will save you time when using the drop down list relating to each door style.

However, do not be discouraged if an existing door opening is a non-standard size, if you wish to retain these sizes then bespoke sized doors are an available and common place manufacturing option these days. Please refer to our website under Bespoke or Custom doors for further information.

Measuring height of the doorSo, where to start with door sizing:-

  • Does the existing door fit well into the frame, if not, the door size is not an accurate guide.
  • Does the door frame need replacing? if so then consider the overall door opening size and purchase both new frame and door from the same supplier.
  • The thickness of internal and external frames is variable and needs to be taken into account.
  • If the existing door size does not relate to standard sizes (see our door sizing chart) it may have been custom made or trimmed to fit, if you suspect this then check with your supplier about how much a particular style can be trimmed as over trimming can compromise the structure of a modern door.
  • Take measurements in both Imperial (feet and inches) and Metric (centimetre and millimeter) as this will help you when you look at our drop down door sizes if you are unsure then refer to the size conversion chart also.

Traditionally doors were made in Imperial sizes and this is still generally the rule today, however, many homes built over the last 40 years used Metric door sizing. See the guidance below.

Standard Imperial (inches) combinations are:-
24×78, 27×78, 28×78, 30×78, 33×78, 32×80, the door thickness is usually 13/8th inches (35mm)
Some Clear pine doors with 2 or 3 panels are available in:- 15, 18, 21 x 78 inches

Standard Metric (millimeters) combinations are:-
626×2040 726×2040 826×2040 & may be 35mm or 40mm thick.

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