Swartland’s Dylan Miller offers some need-to-know info to help you make an informed decision when choosing a doorframe to suit your home, style and budget. To cill or not to cill? No-cill doorframes are generally used internally and also where clear access is required at floor level in public buildings for wheelchair access. At Swartland, we recommend that no-cill doorframes should only be used externally where the building design prevents driving rain from reaching the door to prevent water from entering. Doorframes that incorporate a cill are mostly used as external doorframes in residential applications. How do I choose the right doorframe for my home? All Swartland’s doorframes are available pre-finished and pre-sealed, as part of the company’s new Ready-2-Fit range of products. The frames are pre-sealed with Maxicare, a top quality German-engineered, low maintenance water-based sealant, which is applied in the Swartland factory. Being pre-sealed protects them against any exposure to the elements while onsite, and also saves time sealing them once they have been installed. The Ready-2-Fit frames are available in five colour tints: White, Mahogany, Imbuia, Teak and Light Oak. How can I accessorise my doorframe? You can add fan lights, arches, side lights and top lights, or you can even design your own frame for a custom application:
- Side lights: Side lights are a practical and decorative feature, which allows additional light in at entrances and patios. They are available to fit standard single or double doorframes with a single light positioned to the left or the right, or one on either side.
- Top light doorframes: These are designed to allow in additional light. Top lights can also be fitted with opening sashes to improve ventilation. This type of frame can be used for either internal or external applications.
- Arch or round top: These are arched top lights that can be installed above a standard doorframe for decorative purposes and extra illumination. They allow added light into your home and create an appealing old-world aesthetic. They are available in full glass or sun-ray formats.
- Jamb lining and architraves: Jamb linings are designed to cover the width of the wall and are usually fitted to existing internal openings. Architraves are decorative mouldings that are used to cover any gaps between the jamb lining and the wall, as well as to create an attractive overall aesthetic.
Are there ecofriendly options available to me? Yes, and by choosing well-insulated wooden doorframes for your home, you are not only choosing a green material with a low carbon footprint, you're saving money on heating and cooling bills down the line. Visit swartland.co.za for more information. Interviewed by Katharyn Williams-Jaftha; Images courtesy of Swartland