Versatile Wood Products is proud to present our new line INGENUITY™, semi-custom solid wood windows designed to match period and antique home styles. When it comes to renovating historical architecture, it can be costly when modern commercial off the shelf products do not fit the original design. We created this line with historic properties in mind, featuring period-appropriate details and traditional construction. From Victorian to Mid-Century, INGENUITY™ offers top quality and value.
The Koehler Family Craftsman Home
Versatile Wood Products’ first customer for the INGENUITY™ historical window line is the Koehler Family in Portland, Oregon. Every home has a story. This 1911 Craftsman has a newer addition in the rear of the house, which means construction that varies from the original methods. Modern framing uses wider lumber. With INGENUITY™, we offer jamb depths (including extensions in any size) that will work with any wall thickness, from any era.
The INGENUITY™ window line was created to offer a competitively priced solid wood, handmade window with the versatility needed to address most any building scenario. Streamlining the design choices reduced manufacturing costs and makes specifying simple.Most importantly, INGENUITY™ windows were designed to maintain that period look and feel of the original home that commercial-off-the-shelf windows cannot provide.Preserving Portland’s architectural beauty is all in the details.
INGENUITY™ Historical Window Assembly
Seen here, Craftsman Henry assembles the sash weights to the INGENUITY™ windows.The Koehler family upgraded to traditional weight-and-pulley balances for the double-hung windows. INGENUITY™ windows can come as individual units, or mulled together with a continuous subsill. This effort required double and quad units in addition to singletons.
INGENUITY™ Hardware Systems
INGENUITY™ hardware systems come in oil rubbed bronze, chrome, nickel and brass (polished or satin available for nickel and brass). These pulleys are as elegant as they are robust, with sash lifts and locks to coordinate.
Come See US!
Versatile is not your average commercial off-the-shelf window manufacturer. We provide historically accurate windows made by hand, in Portland Oregon, that are built to fit any original window opening.Want to keep your original jamb? We offer inserts with spring balance operation as well, which install in a snap without having to demo your original woodwork. Looking for casements or picture windows? Divided lights, or obscured glass? INGENUITY™ has a design solution for you. Our experienced team specializes in balancing original period designs with modern technology and has created a repeatable process to create economical alternatives, whatever your design needs.
Come see our showroom at 2303 N. Randolph Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
I spent some time with Rex Vaccaro, Versatile Wood Product’s Product Design Manager, last Thursday. We talked about the new line of Ingenuity Windows™ they are developing and I learned a little bit more about Rex.
The exciting news? Versatile Wood Products is developing a new semi-custom line of windows!
What does that mean for clients? You now get the quality of a custom-built product Versatile customers have come to know, but with the ease, efficiency and affordability of a modular product.
“Some of the ‘big-box’ window companies we were working with were supplying a less than average product. It was time for us to develop a line of our own,” says Versatile Wood Products owner, Richard De Wolf.
And after about 6 months of development, Ingenuity Windows™ was born.
“Curtis, Alan [Rex’s product design team] and I had talked over the years of developing a book of standards similar to what we have for our cabinetry line. The fact that this is happening now, is very exciting for us. It’s going to change everything. With the ease and efficiency of a semi-custom product line, we can streamline the process for these jobs, while continuing to put energy and focus into the creative development of our fully custom products,” says Rex.
I’m not a window designer, architect, or remodeler, so Rex had his job cut out on detailing the process and the product. We started in the office, where he has laid out wood window prototype pieces.
Rex describes some of the challenges specific to custom product design:
“There are several things we consider when we design any product. Basically, we want minimum waste and maximum efficiency. We ask what is the style we are developing for? What wood species are we working with? What grain pattern is desired? How stable is the wood? Is it salvaged wood? Salvaged wood throws a whole new twist into things.”
The Ingenuity™ line aims to achieve the most sought after details available in their custom window designs and to standardize the knowledge they’ve gained over the years in developing their custom windows.
Careful consideration of things like the jamb depths, joinery methods and window sills were important.
“When a client comes in with an old sash that’s not functioning properly, we ask; Where did it fail? Why? We designed our Ingenuity windows with a jamb thicknesses required for oversized windows, mortise and tenon joinery and a sill that prevents any accumulation or wicking of water up into the jamb, a common point of failure,” explains Rex.
Because Versatile specializes in historic design, the Ingenuity line was developed with traditional windows in mind.
“After testing various designs, we arrived at a 1 ½” thick sash with 5/8” thick insulated glass units. We revised the muntin bar details in order to retain the desired energy performance from the glass, while producing a sash that would fit into any of the jamb scenarios that were required. The designs will fit into an old house and look historically accurate, and will meet historic review standards.”
We head out to the shop to see the progress of the window development. Danil and Sarah are in the process of developing a window as we speak. I get to see the drawings and the hardware selections.
“We selected the most sought-after finishes for the pulleys, sash locks and adjusters. Some of these pulley finishes were plated just for us,” Rex shows me the options laid out on boards.
Versatile quality means using the finest hardware. This means solid brass, made by longstanding hardware manufacturers such as IDH and Harwick.
On the drawings I’m able to see more clearly the details Rex was explaining which will allow for compatibility with older homes.
An important part of the semi-custom line development are the forms that are set-up for contractors.
“Developing and streamlining the ordering process is a critical aspect of efficiency, both for the client during the ordering process, and for the shop during the build. We are in the process of creating eight different cut-sheets [architectural drawing/diagrams] for the different window types. The cut-sheets show how the window relates to the wall, so a contractor can make a quick decision. We want these to be very easy to use and readable,” Rex explains.
There are currently two categories of windows available in the Ingenuity™ line: Casement and Double Hung. Within those categories there are myriad possibilities—Casements can be configured to be awnings or hoppers as well. Both styles are available fixed or inoperable. Additionally, they are available as single units or as mulled assemblies, full light or with muntin bars. They can even do direct glaze.
As we finish up the tour, I learn a little more about Rex. It turns out Rex started his career in architecture, designing luxury homes. Rex is humble and introspective as he tells me about his path in architecture and product design.
“I loved working for the architect; he was incredibly creative and taught me a lot about luxury home design and the intricacy of structures,” Rex says.
Rex started with Versatile in 2011 working mostly in cabinetry design. Now he also designs windows and doors, and manages his team in the estimating, design, and drafting processes.
“I started with the whole home and now I design the details, the architectural elements. Having an understanding of the underlying architectural structures helps lend context to designing the architectural details. The more you see these things, the more they start to make sense,” says Rex.
Come meet Rex and celebrate the release of the new line; Ingenuity™ windows on Thursday, April 14th 4-7pm at the Versatile Open House Party!
We’ve been busy working on an exciting new project. Here’s a sneak preview! Working with Siteworks as the General contractor, we are custom building rustic eclipse doors. This is a 5-panel eclipse (folding) door system for the Vancouver Hilton. It features a sturdy, stable engineered core with rustic reclaimed tongue-and-groove lumber that was precision-milled by our team to work with the extremely tight tolerances that the modern hardware requires.
Sound complicated? Well it is every bit as complicated as it sounds. This method as stated has very strict requirements but the Versatile team’s skill and enthusiasm are up to the challenge.
What Makes This So Versatile?
Versatile is known for custom built. And for quality that lasts. We use only the highest quality methods for our clients, ensuring they receive the best.
Take A Look at Some Photos From The Shop
Rustic Eclipse Doors assembled are Quite Breathtaking Both In Size And Beauty.
And to think that all this was finely crafted from rustic reclaimed tongue-and-groove lumber
We Can’t Wait To Show You More
This project highlights Versatile’s ability to take two pieces of a project and bring them together. The fun is in the craft and we can’t wait to show you our completed project.
Custom wood building is an art that has been around for about as long as humans. Many of the same terms we see today were used thousands of years ago. On Raymond McInnis’s site, A History of Woodworking, he shares a piece from an article written on Stonehenge:
“…The largest weighs as much as 50 tons. Unique today, Stonehenge was probably also unique in its own time, some 4,500 years ago – a stone monument modeled on timber precedents. Indeed, its massive lintels are bound to their uprights by mortise-and-tenon joints taken straight from carpentry.”
With the progress in modern technology and industrial demands, Woodworking as a field has changed. For example, the development of (CNC) or Computer Numeric Controlled Machines in 1949 made it possible to mass-produce and reproduce products faster—not only faster but with less waste and the ability to produce more complex designs. Along with CNCs, the emergence of rechargeable power tools sped up the creation of many projects. They also required much less body strength and endurance than in the past. Despite the increase with technological advances, the quality and craftsmanship of custom wood-building remains unmatched.
What Does Custom-Built Mean?
According to the Merriam Webster, custom built simply means, “Built to individual specifications.” Sounds pretty straightforward, however there are many intricate details involved. Custom wood building is more than making a window or door. It requires more than just the right tools and space. These are essential, yes, but custom building also requires a lot of skill. At Versatile Wood Products every project, both big and small, modern or historical, is performed with the utmost quality and dedication.
“Versatile provides historically accurate custom wood sash, cabinetry, doors and millwork using techniques originated by 18th and 19th century craftsmen. We are committed to creating spaces that honor and make history. By preserving traditional ways of building and blending them with modern technologies and performance standards, we design and build solutions that harmonize aesthetics and temperament with function and utility.”
Versatile’s experienced team specializes in balancing period appropriate architectural design specifications with modern performance standards, combining historic techniques and modern technologies.
What does manufactured mean?
Wood is manufactured in a few types, Plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and veneer. In addition to the CNC machine, another reason for the increased popularity of mass-produced wood products was the invention of manufactured wood. Manufactured wood products have become a popular choice because they are less expensive to produce. Manufactured wood products are also more readily available at Big Box stores.
Understanding what custom wood building and manufactured wood are is important when starting a project. For example, determining the exact specifications for choosing the right window or door is important. Having the exact build for a particular project is crucial. Not just for the aesthetics, but for long-term quality.
“By hand-selecting tight grain wood patterns and using time-honored techniques our products will last for many years to come.”
How Versatile produces lasting quality
To better understand the separation between custom wood building and manufactured wood, the following Versatile projects will highlight the distinction. In this first custom case study, the restoration of a historical landmark highlights the stunning craftsmanship Versatile (and Arciform) demonstrate. The agility and flexibility accompanied by the great care required shows why custom wood building is essential.
Restoring First Congregational Church
The First Congregational Church turned to Versatile and Arciform to stabilize and restore the wood elements of this feature. Constructed in 1895, the First Congregational Church of Portland is a dominant Venetian Gothic icon. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Portland Landmark. This historic structure towers with its 175’ bell tower at the Southwest corner.
Restoring the Gothic tracery was more than just “replacing parts.” The goal was to retain as much of the original fabric as possible. However, what appeared to be repetitive details in the columns and tracery were in fact unique. This prohibited the efficiency of replicating one element to be reused as a template throughout the entire tracery at similar locations. After meticulous documentation, all parts were mapped and translated into CAD files. Having these otherwise inaccessible components in-house provided the unique opportunity to prepare a custom library of details for First Congregational Church.
All new pieces were made of Western Red Cedar, the same wood species as the original elements. This was to ensure historic accuracy and material performance. Replacement parts were then fit in place for sizing and routed with the cove detailing ensuring the tracery appeared seamless. The final product was delivered in sections for ease of hoisting and installation by Arciform.
In these three short project highlights, the breadth and skill level of Versatile is apparent. These again demonstrate custom wood building as an art that surpasses manufactured wood products both in ingenuity and workmanship.
For The Zipper, Versatile and designer Guerrilla Development used simple solid wood frames and sills. They also used direct glazed windows in solid clear vertical grain fir. This helped to create a truly innovative modern design.
The Evo Building challenges were to create custom casements in Douglas fir to match historic photos of the building. It was nearly impossible to replicate a two-toned color scheme in aluminum but was easily accomplished in wood. The hinged casements on the upper floors were a fall-hazard. Versatile used a sash limiter that would open by 3″ to prevent the potential for someone to fall out.
The Albina Yard(which can also be seen on Think Wood) had extraordinarily high flush exterior doors: 142” tall and 108” tall full lite doors. In this project Versatile utilized offset pivot hinges to give massive doors smooth operation and an uninterrupted modern look. The project called for building flush doors in a continuous fir veneer with a matching 34” fir transom panel above. The design challenge was that both the flush exterior doors and full lite doors were extraordinarily high in addition to being about 40” wide.
A report by Green Building Elements provides a wealth of researched information that supports the value of custom wood building. A study conducted by Architecture and Design reports that 16% of all the fossil fuel consumed annually is converted into concrete, steel, aluminum and brick building materials. On the opposite end, wood reduces its carbon footprint.
“When trees are made into building materials, that carbon dioxide remains sequestered in the finished products. When wooden building materials reach the end of their useful life, they are often repurposed or recycled into new products. All that stored carbon dioxide is kept out of the atmosphere virtually forever.”
Green Building Elements also reports a cooperative program between a company called Whole Trees in Madison, Wisconsin and the USDA Forest Service. Entire trees that the Forest Service harvests during routine thinning efforts and discards are used. They are turned into beams, trusses and joists to use in building construction.
Custom Wood Building is good for your Health
Custom wood building is not just beautiful and unique in each design but is also good for your health. Another study by Architecture and Design finds that, “the feelings of natural warmth and comfort that wood elicits in people has the effect of lowering blood pressure and heart rates, reducing stress and anxiety and increasing positive social interactions.” Wood products within a room have been shown to improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity. The study also finds that being surrounded by wood at home, work or school has positive effects. Not just on the body and brain, but also on the environment. It can even shorten hospital stays through reduced recovery times.
Truly, Custom Wood-Building Is an Art Of Craftsmanship
From the use of mortise and tenon joinery dating back thousands of years to our state-of-the-art CNC router, Versatile Wood Products’ custom wood projects are built to last.
From modern buildings that include simple lines to historic churches with grand curves, when it comes to creative window design we will use any opportunity to fire up our imagination.
First Congregational Church Creative Window Solutions
We have been honored to design and install windows for buildings all around Portland, including the First Congregational Church. This was an opportunity to restore and recreate the magnificent tower that once was the tallest structure in Oregon at 185 feet! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the church is a rare example of Venetian Gothic architecture—few others exist in America.
Albina Yard Window Solutions
Since we wanted to offer a modern appearance to the Albina Yard building, we went with glass walls and flush awning windows. An awning window is much like a casement window. It is mechanically operated with a crank, hinged at the top so that the sash pivots in lieu of swinging.
Unlike the casement, though, an awning window can be open when it’s raining, making it appropriate for this office space.
Evo Building Creative Window Solutions
A fixed window can be found in designs from traditional to contemporary. Allowing sunlight into a room, fixed windows offer a decorative view of the outside in hard to open spaces. This window is a single sash that’s attached to the frame. Fixed windows are also the most energy efficient type. We chose this style for the Evo building, providing custom Douglas fir. The upper floors feature custom windows that were a match to historic photos that the architect had obtained.
Loyal Legion Creative Window Solutions
Keeping classic architecture intact, we went with the popular Eclipse system for folding windows for the Loyal Legion building in Portland. This window provides a large opening with no vertical element to split the opening when the window is open. These windows can be grouped together so that all of the panes of glass are in one plane. This gives a cleaner and more contemporary look to these windows, even when styled with traditional trim and pane patterns.
Nestled deep in Southwest Portland, the Carle family kitchen was the subject of an extensive remodel that was completed in late 2014. Interior designer Barbara Sumner and architectural designer Kristyn Bester worked with Versatile’s Product Designer Rex Vaccaro. Their job was to update and modernize the kitchen complete with stunning kitchen cabinets.
The design process for this particular project exemplifies our modern era. Most of the communication during the process happened via Skype since the Carle family had been residing in Amsterdam when the project began. As with any remodel project, the designers hit a few snags. The home was still under construction when the family returned to Portland. Ultimately, however, the Arciform and Versatile teams were able to achieve a contemporary, streamlined kitchen. A kitchen that is both functional and beautiful for the Carle family.
What was the scope of the project and what were the design goals?
For Versatile, the scope involved an entire run of custom upper and lower kitchen cabinets. As well as a pantry wall; a large kitchen island with a cantilevered eating area, and a built-in window bench. Some retrofit shelving and a wet bar in an adjacent living room were also included in the design. The finishes ended up being a contemporary mix of stainless steel-wrapped upper kitchen cabinets, paint grade surfaces for the pantry wall, and solid, clear, walnut grain aligned horizontally on the lower kitchen cabinets.
What challenges did the project face?
The biggest challenge that this project presented was the fact that the client had a strong desire for all of the lower kitchen cabinets to carry a visually distinctive horizontal line from the wood grain along the length of the kitchen. The surface area along the sink wall and island was very broad. There was some difficulty in locating beautiful, solid pieces of walnut that were large enough to cover those surfaces. The main issue with long spans of wood, however, is that they will always warp over time. So there was an initial fear that the kitchen cabinet faces would warp and be ruined.
What were the Uniquely Versatile solutions?
The first step in solving the problem was to communicate with designers working on the project. With regards to the sink wall, the solution was to simply compromise on the pattern, and face the cabinets with a classic vertical grain rather than risk the possibility of warping. To create a horizontal appearance on the surface of the nine-foot long island, a laminating method was used. A few boards of walnut were glued together along their long edges in order to add stability.
Laminated wood still carries the possibility of warping. By alternating the grain patterns on the boards (essentially flipping every other board so that the grain pattern is opposite the one before it), more stability is added to the wood, creating a preventive measure against warping. We were also able to retain the horizontal grain pattern that the client wanted, and applying these solutions to the project resulted in a stunningly beautiful set of kitchen cabinets.
Versatile is always looking to come up with inventive solutions for the challenges faced when collaborating with others. Our creative team worked with the talented designers at Arciform to achieve their client’s needs for this beautiful home in Southwest Portland.
In the heart of historic Dayton Oregon, The Block House Café recently moved into the 1886 First Baptist Church on Main Street. Working alongside architect Paul Falsetto and Fackler Construction, Versatile created a large back bar with surrounding cabinetry, wait-station, and tabletops from old floor joists in the building.
Block House Café Goals:
To create a large, functional, and aesthetically pleasing back bar that hides the seismic bracing. Re-purpose original floor joists to create tabletops and a bar top.
Block House Café Challenges:
The biggest challenge we faced with the back bar, which included 10’ high walnut pieces, was installation to conceal three alcoves that were created by updated seismic structuring. The tabletops and bar top proposed a few challenges. They were created from wood salvaged from the original floor joists from the building. We were concerned about the tabletops cupping or warping. We needed to create a flat, smooth surface on the bar top as there were many wormholes in the wood.
Block House Café Uniquely Versatile Solutions:
We worked around installation problems of the bar by pre-building it in 3 separate pieces. Along with some tolerances to allow for variations in the walls when it was installed on site. The three pieces overlapped once installed to look like one piece of furniture while hiding the bracing behind.
To address the tabletops potentially warping, we added a dovetail key underneath to tie the planks together. By attaching the key to the middle plank only, the planks could expand and contract naturally, but not warp or cup. And finally, to create a smooth, flat surface on the bar top. The wormholes were filled with clear epoxy rather than a colored putty. Since the natural color of fir changes over time, the clear epoxy will make a smooth surface without worry that the wood color would ultimately shift away from the color of the putty. Versatile’s experience and expertise allowed us to anticipate potential issues and create solutions before they became real problems on site.
You may have heard that Versatile Wood Products is getting a new showroom! The first piece to go in were these amazing, custom lift and slide walnut doors.
The unusual “lift and slide” mechanism was chosen for these doors. This mechanism is primarily used for extra-large doors, allowing them to open easily without resistance from weather-stripping.
The goal of these conference room doors is to provide privacy, while also allowing some visibility to avoid cutting the room off entirely. Panes of insulated glass were incorporated, also providing sound reduction. To provide extra stability, all pieces were laminated together. A continuous grain pattern was selected to run horizontally through the doors. With the continuous grain and rich colors, these doors play a large part in creating the ambiance of the new showroom.
The mechanism is completely stainless steel, eliminating corrosion concerns. It can be used with doors up to 800 pounds, making it perfect for this large scale application.
Curious how it works?
To open the door, the handle raises up and lifts the door off the track to allow it to move easily without resistance from the weather-stripping. Once the door is pulled closed, the handle is lowered and the tracks make contact to create a tight seal and lock.
There are only a handful of companies that can make a lift and slide door. Here at Versatile Wood Products, we can design and build a door to meet your exact specifications. Our goal is to fulfill our customer’s design needs with the right door and hardware that will ensure a functional design and operating system over the lifetime of the door.
Help us celebrate the launch of our new show room at this Mad Men themed tiki celebration. Kick the tires of our new custom window, door and cabinetry displays and spin the wheel of fenestration to win prizes, drinks and more.
How can we help you create a custom entry that will be the showpiece of your next project? Contact email@example.com to start your custom quote.
Kitchen design by Arciform senior designer Chelly Wentworth.
There are seemingly endless options for cabinet drawer inserts. At Versatile Wood Products we always try to select the top of the line products to compliment our high end cabinets. Here are some of our most used options.
This series is our first choice when it comes to waste storage. Versatile pullouts mount on the bottom of the cabinet and on the back of the door. This makes it easy to pullout and close. They are sleek, soft closing, have a nice slide and are very sturdy. Available in a single or double (one or two waste containers) door mount system and have an anodized aluminum frame. The bins are available in silver and white.
A less expensive option is this wire tray version:
This system can work with a swing door, and has a wire tray that pulls out. Unlike the first series, this requires a wider space to allow for the hinges. This is not a soft closing option.
Tray dividers Cabinet Drawer Inserts
These are great for organizing baking sheets, dishes and trays. No more clanking around in your drawers for that cookie sheet! Tray dividers are available in chrome and white, and can be spaced according to your preferences.
Tip out trays Cabinet Drawer Inserts
The perfect way to keep your sponges out of eyesight, and off of your new counters. This is available in stainless steel and a variety of sizes to fit under your sink.
Cookware organizer Cabinet Drawer Inserts
This is a great option to keep your pots and pans organized, and easy to grab, available in stainless steel.
Pullout pantry Cabinet Drawer Inserts
Pullout pantries are a great way to utilize cabinet space, while having it blend into your kitchen. Your pantry items are easily accessible from either side, and nothing gets left in the back of your cabinet. Versatile’s top two choices are below, the biggest differences being sizing options and shelving materials. These pantry systems mount at the top and bottom of the cabinet, making them extremely sturdy. They are sleek and soft closing, hidden behind a cabinet door.
This series is available in three heights and two widths, and have adjustable maple shelves with an anti-skid transparent coating.
This option is available in four heights and various widths, has wire racks and a chrome finish.
For a less contemporary look, this maple and plywood system is also a less expensive option. The lighter weight pullout only mounts at the bottom of the cabinet. It is available in three heights and four widths.
Spice trays Cabinet Drawer Inserts
Spice trays are the perfect way to save cabinet shelf or counter space, and are a great way to organize your spices.
This wood insert is a sturdy option that can be customized to fit various drawers.
There are two polymer options that we also really like.
This is a tiered insert, 50″ x 21″ and can be trimmed down to fit in any drawer. Available in a glossy or textured finish, and white or almond colors.
A smaller version is above, 16″ x 21 1/4″, that can be trimmed to fit. Available in a glossy white finish.
Another option for spice organization is a base cabinet pullout. Available in 3″, 6″ or 9″ models, have wood shelves and are soft closing. This is a narrow pullout and can be hidden behind a decorative cabinet.
Lazy susans Cabinet Drawer Inserts
There are a few options to choose from when it comes to lazy susans. We typically select the half-moon or kidney-shape shelves as they are not attached to the door. Door mounted (attached to the back of the door) units are available only with inset doors, thus limiting cabinet options in your kitchen. Both units below are base mounted (attached to the bottom of the cabinet).
Half-moon shape Cabinet Drawer Inserts
This half-moon shape shelf is a great option to maximize a deep and long-based cabinet. The shelves pivot and pull out, allowing for easy access to those items in the back of the cabinet.
Kidney shape Cabinet Drawer Inserts
For a larger, corner cabinet, this kidney shape shelving unit swivels, providing easy to access to all items in the cabinet.
Pie shape Cabinet Drawer Inserts
Pie shape shelves are a good option for an inset door and are attached to the door. They rotate to allow access to all cabinet items.
All three options are available in polymer, which is durable and easy to clean. They come in almond and white colors.
Versatile’s cabinetry specializes in traditional face frame construction and includes bamboo drawer boxes, soft close hinges and ¾ inch plywood boxes as standard features. Versatile custom designs tailor to each kitchen– without the scribes, fillers and compromises that some other cabinet manufacturers use.
There are endless options when it comes to cabinet drawer inserts, so speak to our Cabinet and Custom Product Specialist today for more information and to decide which options are best for your project, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for cabinet door material insert options!
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are faced with a lot of rain.
Here are a few ways Versatile combats the water during the build process, to keep your doors in great shape.
Quality materials are a must! We always use high quality, solid wood. The materials used will play a large role in the longevity of your door.
Most commercially manufactured doors are made up of many pieces of wood joined together. A veneer is then added to the exterior to give it the look of a solid piece of wood. At Versatile Wood Products, each piece of wood is hand-selected so our doors can be made by single, double or triple laminating, without a veneer.
To ensure that the door is completely sealed, Versatile provides a full gluing of all joinery.
All doors go through the wet glazing technique, with neutral-cure silicone, instead of the dry glazing technique, which uses rubber gaskets. The benefit of wet glazing is that the seal is less prone to shrinkage and cracking.
To greatly reduce air and water infiltration, Versatile uses silicone bulb weather-stripping. This is preferred to foam filled, vinyl coated compression weather-stripping as it has superior durability and air sealing. Silicone bulb is also smaller and essentially hidden in the tight spaces that we have on custom doors.
In addition to the materials of the door, an entryway overhang can have a large impact on the longevity of your door.
Best Practices for doors: entryway overhang
The height and depth of an overhang matter. The deeper the overhang, the more protection your door will get. Depending on the direction your door faces, the distance of the overhang should be at least half of the height of the door.
Best Practices for doors: Water management
Water management is also important. Keeping water away from problem areas, such as the sill, framework, and top of the door is a must.
Using a traditional threshold, where the sill has a slope, or bevel, is the ideal way to drain water away from the framework.
Best Practices for doors: positive wash
Another key thing is to provide a positive wash (having no flat surfaces for water to pool on), this will ensure a lifespan of 15-20 years. For a door exposed to water, the sill should be at a slope of at least 10 degrees. All other flat areas should be beveled to avoid having water collect on the door.
As the top of the door is also susceptible to water damage, an in-swing door is preferred in high exposure areas to provide extra protection to this vulnerable area.
For taller than normal doors of eight feet or more, a multi-point (3 or 5 point) locking mechanism is recommended. This will provide additional sealing points against air and water infiltration and reduce warping and bowing of the door.
Best Practices for doors: laminated glass
For doors with glass that are exposed to the elements, Versatile sometimes uses laminated glass. As illustrated below, laminated glass is two panes of glass with a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) inter-layer. Using laminated glass will decrease the chances of breaking or cracking in stormy conditions.
Best Practices for doors: the finishing touch
Think about how you will finish your door. Clear and stain finishes will require more maintenance than a painted door; the door will need to be refinished more often than if it were painted. If it is in constant sun, the wood is more likely to fade when finished with a clear coat or stain.
Water management and quality materials are key to keeping your door beautiful for years to come. Ready to create your own durable and beautiful entry system? For more information and to begin a quote, contact Alex MacKenzie, email@example.com.