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Anatomy of Wine Cellar door

The Anatomy of a Wine Cellar Door

Wine Cellar door collection

You might be thinking about building a wine cellar, and one of the first things you'll need is a door. But what kind of door is best for a wine cellar?

In this article, we'll take a look at the anatomy of a wine cellar door and how to choose a wine cellar door for you.

There are three main components to a wine cellar door: the frame, the door itself, and the weather stripping.

1. Frame
2. Door Material
3. Weather Stripping
4. Wooden Doors
5. How to Choose the Perfect Wine Cellar Door
6. Preserving Your Wine Collection

Frame

Wine Cellar door frame with glass middle

The frame is what supports the door and keeps it in place. It's usually made of wood or metal, and it should be strong enough to support the weight of the door.

Some qualities of a good door frame are:

- That it's made of a material that won't rot or corrode

- That it's strong enough to support the weight of the door

- That it has a smooth surface so the door can close properly

Door Material

Arched wine cellar door with black wrought iron

The door itself can be made of wood, metal, glass, or a combination of these materials.

Some things to consider when choosing a door material are:

- Whether you want a solid door or one with windows

- What kind of insulation you need

- How much light do you want to let in

Here are what makes each door material different from the other:

Wood

Wooden doors are the most popular choice for wine cellars. They're classic and elegant, and they can be stained or painted to match the rest of the cellar.

Metal

Metal doors are a good choice for cellars that are in humid or wet climates. They won't warp or rot as wood doors can, and they're also fireproof.

Glass

Glass doors let you see into the cellar without opening the door, which can be helpful if you want to keep an eye on your wine collection.

Weather Stripping

Close up of wine cellar door wrought iron grape pattern

The weatherstripping is what keeps the door from leaking air. To know if the weatherstripping is good, close the door and hold a piece of paper against it. If you can't slide the paper under the door, then the weatherstripping is doing its job.

If you live in an area with severe weather, you might want to consider a door with a storm door. A storm door is an extra layer of protection against the elements.

Nuances of a Wine Cellar Door

When it comes to learning how to choose a wine cellar door, there are a few nuances you should be aware of.

  • Glass Etching: Glass etching is used to add decoration to the door.
    Arrow pointing at the glass etching on a wine cellar door
  • Door Jambs: The door jamb is the frame that surrounds the door. It can be made from wood, metal, or composite materials.
    Arrow pointing at wine cellar door jambs
  • Sidelights: Sidelights are used to add light to the wine cellar. They can be made of glass, metal, or composite materials.
    Arrows pointing at wine cellar door sidelights
  • Door Swing: The door swing is the way the door opens and closes. There are two types of door swings: inward and outward. Inward swinging doors are more common because they take up less space.
    Wine Cellar Door Swing
  • Door Sweep: The door sweep is used to seal the bottom of the door and prevent moisture from entering the wine cellar.
    Wine Cellar Door Sweep
  • Glass: Glass is added as a decoration to the door. They offer a clear view of the wines in the cellar.
    Wine Cellar Door Glass
  • Casings: The casings are the frame that surrounds the door. They can be made of wood, metal, or plastic.
    Wine Cellar Door Casings
  • Hardware: The hardware is the door knob, handle, latch, and other components that are used to open and close the door.
    Wine Cellar Hardware
  • Strike Plate: The strike plate is used to secure the door in the closed position.
    Wine Cellar Strike Plate
  • Threshold: The threshold is used to seal the bottom of the door and prevent moisture from entering the wine cellar.
    Wine Cellar Threshold
  • Crown Molding: Crown molding is used to add decoration to the top of the door.
    Wine Cellar Crown Molding

    Source: Decorchick
  • Fluted Casings: Fluted casings are used to add decoration and style to the door.
    Wine Cellar Fluted Casings
  • Keystone: The keystone is used to add decoration to the top of the door.
    Wine Cellar Keystone

    Source: HIGHCRAFT BUILDERS

Each of these components plays an important role in the function and safety of the wine cellar door. In order to ensure that your door is functioning properly, it is important to have it installed by a professional.

wine cellar wooden door

Wooden Doors

Wood doors are a popular choice for wine cellars because they are classic and elegant. You can choose from a variety of woods, such as mahogany, cherry, and oak. Wood doors can be stained or painted to match the rest of your home's decor.

Here are some of the wooden doors that you can find in our selection:

1. The Chianti Square Top Cellar Door

Chianti doors are manufactured with a solid wood core using the LVL technology to make them able to withstand the humid conditions in wine cellars. This square top custom wine cellar door comes with an option of a black iron speakeasy, which usually has a grapevine design. You may choose a carved Chianti door if you want to add appeal to your entrance.

The Chianti Square Top Cellar Door

2. The Barolo Square Top Solid Wood Wine Cellar Door

Barolo doors are increasing in demand among wine collectors because they look elegant. For this style of the custom wine cellar door, you have an option to choose between all wood or dual-pane tempered glass with a wooden frame.

The Barolo Square Top Solid Wood Wine Cellar Door

3. The Chianti Arched Wine Cellar Door

Chianti doors are manufactured with a solid wood core using the LVL technology to make them able to withstand the humid conditions in wine cellars. This arched custom wine cellar door comes with an option of a black iron speakeasy, which usually has a grapevine design. You may choose a carved Chianti door if you want to add appeal to your entrance.

The Chianti Arched Wine Cellar Door

 

4. The Sonoma Square Top Wine Cellar Door

Sonoma style wine cellar doors make a beautiful entrance to your wine cellar with their filigree-like wrought iron design. Made with 1/2-inch thick dual-pane glass and laminated veneer lumber core, they are guaranteed to achieve optimum wine storage conditions - no air will escape or enter your wine cellar around the door.

 

The Sonoma Square Top Wine Cellar Door

5.  The Coto Arched Wine Cellar Door

The Coto style custom wine cellar doors have an arched top. It consists of dual-paned glass, black wrought iron, and hand grape or custom carvings on both or one side, or in the middle section.

 

The Coto Arched Wine Cellar Door

Iron or Metal Framed Doors 

Doors with metal frames are a good choice for wine cellars because they are durable and sturdy. They can be made from a variety of materials, such as aluminum, steel, or wrought iron.

You can also get them in a powder-coated finish to match the rest of your wine cellar's hardware.

Glass Wine Cellar Doors

For wine cellar glass doors, you have a few different options. You can choose between clear glass, frosted glass, or stained glass.

Clear glass is the most popular choice because it allows you to see into the wine cellar without opening the door.

Frosted glass is a good choice if you want to add some privacy to your wine cellar. Stained glass is a beautiful option, but it is more expensive.

 

How to Choose a Wine Cellar Door

Now that you understand the different components of a wine cellar door, you can begin to narrow down your choices and select the best door for your home. There are many different factors to consider when choosing a door, including:

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1. The size of your wine cellar

You would want the door to exactly fit the opening of your wine cellar to minimize heat loss. If you have a large wine cellar, you will need a door that is large enough to cover the opening. If you have a small wine cellar, then you can choose a smaller door.

Temperature checker

2. The climate in your area

If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, you will need a door that can withstand the elements. Wine Cellar Doors such as metal doors or insulated doors are a good choice for extreme climates.

wine barrel

3. Your budget

You can still get a high-quality door even if you have a limited budget. Just be sure to compare prices and materials before making your final decision. Wine Cellar Doors typically range from $500 to $5000.

Wood

4. Type of construction materials you prefer

There are many different materials that you can choose from, including wood, metal, glass, and

Wine Cellar Hardware

glass.

Door Handle

Although it is not a really popular choice, exterior grade composite(fiberglass) doors can be used in wine cellars. 

 

Here is an example of a fiber glass wine cellar door:

Ruby-Therma-Tru Rustic Two panel round to door.

American Style Collection™ fiberglass entry doors were inspired by early 1900s residential architecture. The collection complements many popular home designs, including Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Cottage and Colonial Revival styles. These doors are equally home with a wide range of architectural styles including Mission, Monterey, Spanish and Tudor.

Made with our patented AccuGrain™ technology, you get the look of high-grade wood with all of the durability of fiberglass. The exterior doors in this collection have the look and feel of a real wood front door — with solid wood square edges, architecturally correct stiles, rails and panels. Unlike genuine wood doors, they resist splitting, cracking and rotting.

 

 

5. The style of door you prefer

Aesthetic considerations are important when choosing a wine cellar door. You want a door that will complement the overall style of your home. There are many different styles to choose from, including traditional, modern, and rustic.

Wine Cellar Room

Once you have considered all of these factors, you can begin to compare doors and find the one that is perfect for your home. These are the basics in terms of how to choose a wine cellar door.

Wine cellar glass doors are an excellent choice for wine cellars because they provide a stylish and functional storage solution. With so many different options available, you are sure to find the perfect glass door for your home.

Preserving Your Wine Collection

Wine Cellar Collection

A wine cellar is a perfect place to store your wine collection. By keeping your wine in a cool, dark, and humid environment, you can be sure that it will stay fresh and flavorful for years to come. Here are some tips on how to preserve your wine collection:

1. Store your wine in a cool, dark place

Storing your wine in a cool place makes it less likely to spoil. The ideal temperature for storing wine is between 55 and 58 degrees Fahrenheit. While the ideal humidity level is between 60 and 70 percent.

2. Avoid fluctuations in temperature and humidity

Sudden changes in temperature or humidity can damage your wine. Be sure to keep your cellar well-insulated to avoid these fluctuations.

3. Keep your wine away from light

Light can damage your wine and cause it to age prematurely. Be sure to store your wine in a dark place to protect it from light.

4. Install a Vapor Barrier

A vapor barrier is a material that is used to prevent moisture from passing through a surface. This is an important consideration when choosing a wine cellar door because it will help to keep your cellar humidity levels stable.

Conclusion

There you have it! These are just a few things to consider when choosing a wine cellar door. Be sure to take your time and find the perfect door for your home. With so many different options available, you are sure to find the perfect door for your wine cellar.

If you are in the market for a new wine cellar door, be sure to check out our selection of doors. These doors are sure to provide you with many years of use and enjoyment.

Randy Green

I have been passionate and in the business of designing and helping clients with wine storage since 2016. I'm also a partner/owner of a general contracting company where we have the privilege of bringing these designs to life. We also have expert and licensed wine cellar cooling technicians to help our customers select the perfect cooling systems for climate controlled wine cellars.
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