Senin, 08 September 2014

Simpson Wood Exterior & Entry Doors

An investment in a stained glass door increases the value of your home and adds a distinctive touch of elegance. Homeowners who choose stained glass doors often use them for the exterior entry, but many incorporate them into interior design as well. As part of your investigation into the suitability of a stained glass door for your home, you may find some valuable hints on your social media accounts.

Choosing a Design

The stained glass that you choose needs to have a design that is meaningful to you. Whether you choose a custom creation or one from your home improvement store, choose colors and themes that reflect your taste. Your front door is the first facade feature that your visitors see. The design can give them a subtle hint of your preferences. If you have an interest in woodland scenes, sailing, contemporary art or other special subject, your door is a good showplace for it.

Deciding on a Size
Creating a stained glass door is a laborious and time-consuming work of art, and it is not unusual for original art work to cost thousands of dollars. The art is usually placed in a wood door as an insert, and you can choose any size or shape that appeals to you. To maximize the benefits of your investment, choose a design that covers only the top part of the door. The upper portion is not likely to get damaged from routine wear and tear, and you can avoid the expense of repairs to the art work.

Choosing the Best Wood
You have options in selecting the art work’s size and design that depend on your taste and your budget. Prices for stained glass vary widely, giving you a choice of colored glass created by a century-old process or by less expensive, contemporary techniques. You need to make a decision on the wood based on how well it can stand up to the elements.

Mahogany and white oak are among the hardest woods, and they are worthy of your consideration. Mahogany is one of the most expensive woods, but it can give your entry a dramatic look. Some of its superior attributes include these:

• resists moisture
• does not warp
• contains few knots

White oak gives you a door that also resists moisture and decay, and it is harder than mahogany. The gray color and the light grain pattern provide interesting options for your decorating scheme.

Softwoods are not appropriate for an entry door, though their relatively low price may tempt you to choose them. Cedar, fir, hemlock and poplar are some species that you need to avoid. Hollow core doors are usually made of soft woods, and they are inappropriate for your purposes. Similarly, doors that have an inexpensive veneer cannot produce the design effect that you want, and they have no resistance to the elements.

Choosing the art work is a matter of personal preference, but selection of wood is a primary requirement that affects the lifespan of your door.

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