Selecting and installing interior doors requires a combination of the right product knowledge, adherence to the usual rules and Building Regulations – as well as the confidence to measure up and install correctly first time.
Here, Chris Miller, Doors Product Manager at JELD-WEN, covers some key considerations when specifying internal doors and a few tips and tricks when fitting – in addition to what the latest product designs are to watch out for and impress your customers with.
Check, Check and Check Again
Depending on the project, the rules and Building Regulations for interior doors can vary, with new builds and extensions especially requiring a thorough check of what the minimum acoustic, fire safety and accessibility considerations are.
When replacing interior doors, it is as important to make sure that the new interior door being fitted is right for the chosen application and not assume a like-for-like will be the best option.
This is especially true when specifying fire doors, as these can save lives by protecting escape routes and contain a fire to prevent it spreading throughout a building allowing occupants time to escape.
Oak as a material continues to be extremely popular and can be matched to other finishes such as flooring and furniture to offer a high quality look.
Real wood veneer doors have also grown in popularity and are especially popular in new build flats and apartments, thanks to having a fully finished face meaning little decoration is required, as well as for its flush and sleek finish which is in-demand for modern developments.
We have recently developed new contemporary real wood veneer designs offering lots of choice for the trade and consumers; including Textured and Fusion finishes, glazed and FD30 options available.
It’s All in the Fit
Replacing an existing interior door with a similar choice is relatively simple. For fire doors never trim the top edge of the door as this holds the important certification information.
If you need to trim the two long edges or the bottom of the door, always check the instructions that come with the door, as the trimming allowance can vary. If upgrading a door to a fire door, you can also benefit by opting for doors from our 35mm slim-line range which allows the fire door to be fitted into an existing frame without the need to replace it.
Step-by-step videos are also a great way to get up to speed with installing interior doors and can be especially useful for more complex products like folding sliding options. You can find a variety of Jeld-Wen ‘how to’ videos on YouTube, or here.
To find out more about Jeld-Wen’s range of interior timber doors, or to find your local supplier visit www.jeld-wen.co.uk.