Anatomy of a Wine Cellar Door
Before you purchase a wine door, it is important that you become familiar with wine cellar door construction - how doors are constructed and installed - so you can make the an informed purchase decision.
Vigilant doors are pre-hung with solid jambs and are handcrafted from the finest hardwoods. Many custom features can be added to your wine cellar door to make it your own. You can view our standard doors or check out our photo gallery of custom wine doors to help you get some ideas for your own. We hope this information answers any questions you have about wine cellar door construction but feel free to contact us if you have additional questions!
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1) Glass Etching
Designs that are etched on our wine cellar doors either around the border or in the center of the glass.
2) Door Jambs
The frame that the wine door sits inside. The jamb consists of two sides, a top and a threshold. The wine cellar door hinges and strike plate for the lockset are attached to the jamb.
Sidelights are glass panels or stationary door panels that are attached to the sides of operating wine cellar doors. Sidelights are available in 15", 30", and custom widths.
4) Door Swing
The direction that the wine cellar door moves when opened. With our wine doors it defines the side of the jamb that the hinges are on (left or right), and the direction of the swing (in or out).
5) Door Sweep
The weather stripping that mounts to the bottom of the wine cellar door. It consists of several small vinyl flaps that "sweep" the threshold, maintaining a seal.
The glass panel inside our standard wine cellar doors and sidelights. We use only super-insulated, 1/2" argon-filled, low emissive, tempered glass panels in ours doors.
The wood trim that is applied to both the jamb and wall, covering the gap between the two. Our trim is solid mahogany and can be ordered as flat or fluted. Two sets are required for application inside and outside the wine cellar.
8) Weather Stripping
A synthetic rubber material that is discretely applied to the jambs of all Vigilant wine cellar doors to provide a weather tight seal between jamb and door when closed.
It's always a good idea to protect your wine collection by ensuring it has secured access. We offer different styles of hardware available in brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel. All hardware is installed by skilled artisans in our workshop as we build your door.
10) Strike Plate
A matching metal plate that is attached to the jamb and accepts the lockset mechanism.
The section of the jamb that sits on the floor and crosses between the side jambs beneath the wine cellar door and the entrance into the wine cellar. A threshold is required on weather-tight doors.
12) Crown Molding
A decorative accessory molding that includes a top pediment. It can be added to the top section of standard casings on all wine cellar doors.
13) Fluted Casings
An optional, ornamental casing that is wider than our standard casing and contains a repeating 1/4" flute running through it.