Choosing a door for your wine cellar is a thoughtful process. If you’ve investigated options for your wine cellar door, you’ve seen a variety of materials available, including glass, galvanized metal, steel, or wood. You’ve designed a space to secure your wine collection, adding personal touches that reflect your style and create a pleasant environment for you and your guests to visit. Now, you want a door that welcomes visitors with a promise of the experience that awaits.
The best type of wine cellar door depends on your need for functionality, preference, and budget.
Focus on the Functional Features of Wine Cellar Doors
The appearance of the door for your wine cellar creates an important first impression. But the functionality of the door is essential to protecting the quality of your wines. Wine cellar doors must insulate, secure, and control the environment.
- Glass doors provide easy visibility to your wine cellar without disrupting the internal temperature. Multiple-paned thermal glass with a vacuum or argon glass between the layers offers insulation. You can add artistry with etched patterns. Expert installation is vital for glass wine cellar doors since inadequate framing or weak threshold seals can allow moisture to enter and affect the wine quality.
- You can purchase an ‘off-the-shelf,’ budget-friendly wine cellar door from a ‘big-box’ store. Exterior insulated steel doors can minimize airflow and help you control the interior temperature. Depending on the door style, you can use paint or stain to create visual effects. You may need to repaint the door to repair dings and scratches. Remember that framing prefabricated doors is often challenging for custom spaces, which can let air into the room.
- Commercial restaurants often use galvanized steel wine cellar doors because they prioritize functionality over style. Galvanized steel doors resist corrosion and rust, have insulated cores, watertight seals, and substantial locks for security. Galvanized steel also tends to be less expensive than other materials.
- Wood wine cellar doors offer many advantages over other materials. Available in 2 ¼-inch depths, custom wood doors offer insulating properties equal to (or better than) glass. The variety of hardwoods, such as mahogany or walnut, gives you a palette of naturally beautiful and enduring colours and finishes – no repainting required. Partnering with a manufacturer with wine cellar door expertise ensures precise framing and fit, with robust seals and the strength and security of wood. Many wood wine cellar doors incorporate thermal glass sidelights or windows for artistry and visual access to your collection.
If you’re finishing your wine cellar construction and want to explore a wood wine cellar door, contact the Master Doors Canada team today at (905) 597-9011. We can also explore ideas to upgrade your current wine cellar door.