Renewable Resources

Renewable ResourcesLumber/Wood  is a renewable, sustainable, biodegradable resource made from trees and recovered fibers. Growing and harvesting trees provides direct employment for millions of men and women, and millions more in secondary, related employment. Working forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and carbon storage. Thanks to improved forest management, we have more trees in America today than we had 100 years ago.

Some manufacturers of fiberglass doors say they are “Green”. Fiberglass has many man made chemicals that harm the ozone and the environment.

Wood should be the only natural choice in renewable resources.

Hardware in Home Design

Should Hardware in Home Design be an integral part of any home’s design?  A well designed home reflects an architectural style, a living philosophy and a sense of who resides there and their interpretation of the world. Along with the selection of flooring, wall treatments, lighting and such, the doors and hardware are integral to a cohesive interpretation of this design philosophy.

Hardware in Home DesignHardware often gets less attention than do doors – and that’s a shame! Doors & hardware are a marriage made at the designer’s table, and the more harmonious this union, the better the appearance of the home. An elegant door knob or lever in the style of the doors and the house completes the look gracefully — it is the jewelry of the home! Also consider the fact that the hardware is one of the few elements in home design which is touched and used all the time.

Hardware is available in styles and finishes to match just about any architectural style — from ornate brass for European restorations to sleek, minimalistic stainless steel for the ultra-modern urban condo.  Historic Spanish Colonial & Arts & Crafts residences revel in hand forged iron hardware crafted by master blacksmiths.

Today’s more casual lifestyles have made transitional and contemporary homes very popular — these are a natural match for contemporary bronze or brass hardware.

Whatever your style, you’ll find a great piece of hardware to showcase it!

Hardware options can include a range of beautifully hand crafted, hand finished hardware in hand forged iron and solid bronze.

Open Grain Issues

Entrance and garage doors, as well as windows, have a unique problem in that they have joints and seams, and therefore a lot of open grain issues. If not properly treated, this could cause coatings failure due to excess moisture intake. Do not use marine varnish.  Marine vanish gets brittle and does not allow any flexibility with the movement of the woods joinery and does not breathe, thus trapping possible moisture in the wood causing future coating failure.

Additionally, the temperature difference that exists between the exterior and interior can cause moisture transport, which may lead to problems. To reduce or eliminate the possibility of coating failure in these situations, some simple procedures should be adhered to.

  • Doors should be stained on all sides, including top and bottom.
  • Windows should be coated on the interior as well as the exterior.
  • If possible, coat the frame structure of the window and door.
  • Garage doors should be stained on the bottom and top of the doors, replacing hardware only after the stain is dry.
  • Where there are areas where joinery meets, saturate heavily with the stain prior to applying a flexible Alklyd exterior coating.

Here at Silverado Custom Door and Window we are very knowledgeable regarding stains and sealers and will be glad to include the pre-finishing an all of your door and window order. A shop finished product has a superior finish compared to an in the field application where dust dirt and traffic along with weather conditions can greatly affect the finish of your product.