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  • Over 18 years experience in providing finest quality bespoke internal and external doors.
  • Market leaders in bespoke luxurious doors.
  • Established reputation amongst architects, home owners and interior designers.
  • All of SWD doors are hand made to order allowing you to choose from a limitless range of finishes & sizes.
  • Traditional construction methods.
  • Professional craftsmen use the latest state of the art technology to achieve the perfect finish.
  • We use only the finest, sustainably sourced timber.
  • Specialist manufacture in fire doors and high security doors.
  • Dedicated showrooms with extensive range of external and internal doors in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and West Molesey.
  • Expert advice and guidance.
  • Site surveys offered for all products.
  • Fitting service with our own highly experienced fitting team covering all of the UK.
  • Bespoke joinery to complement SWD doors including fitted wardrobes, walk in wardrobes, Kitchens, home offices, cinema rooms and wall panelling.

SWD supply doors from a range of trusted european factories and specialist UK joiners and french polishers.

All of our doors are made to order and we are proud to be able to offer faster lead times on all of our bespoke doors than other bespoke joiners and european manufacturers.

Most of our solid wood and solid core door leafs & prehung door-sets take around 8-10 weeks for the manufacture and delivery of them. Please bear in mind that deliverys may fluctuate depending on the time of year, especially in August and December when there are factrory shutdown periods.

Our bespoke front doors can be made in approximatly 8-10 weeks.

Delivery costs are dependant on geographic location. We can arrange to deliver to any location in the UK and can deliver to any UK port for ready for export. If you have any specific requirements please call us on 01932 851081.

Delivery Costs: 1 Pallet

20 Door leafs or 8 Doorsets

2 Pallets

20-40 Leafs or 8-16 Doorsets

3-5 Pallets

Upto 100 Leafs or 40 Sets

External Doors
ZONE 1:  Local Deliveries to postcodes:  KT & GU £150 £280 £400 £265
ZONE 2: Surrounding Counties including postcodes: CR, HP, RG, RH, SL, SM, SW, TW, UB £180 £320 £420 £265
ZONE 3: Central & Greater London, The Rest of South East £200 £330 £430 £265
ZONE 4: The Midlands, South West £300 £400 £450 £325
ZONE 5: The North £350 £500 £550 £350

All other prices are subject to application. We do deliver to Scotland, any UK port and internationally. Please enquire for prices.

For deliveries over 5 pallets please contact the office for a quote.

A DEC panel is an cost effective alternative to having panels inserted with beading. The ‘panels’ are routed by machine straight into the door, to give the effect of there being panels.

Below is an example of a flat panel effect

DEC Door Panel

And here we have a raised and fielded panel effect. Note the lack of beading, giving a mixture of contemporary and traditional features.

Routed Solid Doors

And below is another example of a raised and fielded effect

Raised and Fielded Primed Doors

Do we supply primed doors?

Yes, in fact we do this very often. It is then down to the client to finish the leaf themselves.

What is a primed door?

When the door leaf is constructed (or ‘engineered’ as we like to say, since a high density timber fibre is used to prevent issues such as warping), the bare surface is exposed to the outside world; this needs to be ‘primed’. This prevents the final finish from being absorbed into the door, ensuring an even gloss or sheen.

A primed door itself is not a finished door, and you should expect to see some imperfections.

Below are photos of imperfections you will typically see:

Finishing Primed White Doors   Primed Doors IssuesPrimed Doors Paint Defects

What do I do with a primed door?

Typically any primed woodwork will need to be caulked and sanded. Thepaintedsurface.com explains this to great length. Caulk adheres better to a primed surface, so it’s important the door is primed first, then caulked later. All surfaces will have to be sanded and vacuumed before applying the new paint.

Materials Needed For Woodwork

  • Caulk – To fill cracks between moulding pieces and between mouldings and walls or ceilings.
  • Wood putty – It is used to fill holes or gouges. It will need to be sanded after drying and primed before painting.
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic or alkyd paint

The Paint

The paint used for woodwork can be either acrylic (water-based) or alkyd (oil-based). There are advantages and disadvantages to them both.
The advantages of alkyd paint far outweigh the downsides. The rich, smooth, porcelain like finish cannot be matched by acrylic paint. When properly applied it has no equal. Acrylic enamel is convenient in many ways. The clean up is somewhat easier, it dries fast and has less odor. Its quality is improving every year as manufacturers develop new formulas. It may be the right product for your project.

The Preparation

Any bare surface should be primed. This includes any new wood or a surface that has been scraped or sanded down to the bare surface. A sealing primer will prevent the finish coat from being absorbed, insuring an even gloss or sheen. Prime new wood first, allow to dry and then caulk any cracks. See “How To Caulk”. Caulk adheres better to a primed or painted surface. Sand all surfaces to insure good adhesion of the new paint to the old and achieve a smooth finish. Vacuum and wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove dust.

The Painting

The painting techniques of woodwork with either alkyd or acrylic paint are about the same. One difference that may affect the application is the quicker drying time of acrylic paint. The edges at the srarting and stoping strokes may begin to dry (known as tacking up or becoming tacky). These spots are hard to blend in and may leave an uneven finish. This can be helped by adding a paint conditoner to the paint which will slow the drying time.

Whether the choice of paint is alkyd or acrylic, thinning may be helpful to achieve a smooth, level finish. Not only can thinning improve the looks of the finish, it can also ease the application. Some paint is just too thick to flow smoothly out of the brush. A little thinner can greatly improve the “brushability” of the paint. Use the appropriate thinner, mineral spirits for alkyd and water for acrylic. There are also paint conditioners for each type of paint. Two of them are widely used. One is “Floetrol” for acrylic paint and the other is “Penetrol” for alkyd paint. Both should be used sparingly as they are thinners.

 

We can supply 2 types of architrave joints for our door sets.

 

Standard Mitre Butt Jointed*
Mitre Joint Architrave Butt Jointed Architrave

 

By default we will always install our architrave with mitred joints.

*Butt jointed architrave can only be used with flat architrave styles. Please inform our team if you would like your door sets supplied with butt jointed architrave.

Raised and Fielded panels, sometimes referred to by the code ‘TM’ are bevelled moulded panels which we can supply on almost all of our Panelled Door Ranges. The alternative is a flat panelled door.

flat vs raised and fielded door panel

None of our doors are kept in stock. They are all made to order. This is why you are given such a tremendous range of sizes, styles, finishes, thicknesses and even doors that can be made to odd sizes. The delivery period on our doors is approximately 8-10 weeks. There are some other companies that make doors to order but many of them are quoting 16-20 weeks.

This is simple if you always do it this way. Stand on the side of the room with the door opening away from you. If the hinges are on the left this is a LEFT HANDED opening door (see diagram below) . If the hinges are on the right then you have a RIGHT HANDED opening door.

door-handing-2

door-handing

 

  IMPERIAL DOORS                                                       METRIC DOORS
INCHES    METRIC mm        FEET & inches          METRIC mm             SIZES INCHES
12                  306                      1′                         526                                20 3/4″
15                  381                      1′ 3″                    626                                24 5/8″
18                  457                      1′ 6″                    726                                28 5/8″
21                  533                      1′ 9″                   826                                32 1/2″
24                  610                      2′                        926                                36 1/2″
27                  686                      2′ 3″

28                  711                      2′ 4″
30                  762                      2′ 6″
32                  813                      2′ 8″
33                  838                      2′ 9″
34                  863                      2′ 10″
36                  914                      3′
42                1067                      3′ 6″
48                1220                      4′

IMPERIAL HEIGHTS                                            METRIC HEIGHT
72                1829                        6′                       2040                              80 1/4″
78                1981                        6′ 6″
80                2032                        6′ 8″
81                2057                        6′ 9″
82                2083                        6’10”
84                2134                        7′

MEASUREMENTS IN BOLD INDICATE THE POPULAR STANDARD DOOR SIZES

Our veneer doors have a solid engineered wood core for stability have approx 1mm thick real wood veneer and 25mm solid wooden lippings on all 4 sides. The finish is a superb satin coated cellulose varnish which makes the most of the beautiful wood grains.

All our doors are made with factory machined leading edges to enable a perfect fit.

The weights of all our doors are very heavy – a 45mm solid core door will weigh approx 65Kg.

The diagram below shows the basic requirements to install a door set. Ideally you should put in a subf rame made of 30mm softwood screwed securely to the brickwork. In a new build this enables you to make an accurate opening and be able to plaster up to it. Then you will be able to install these door sets at the last minute after all decoration has been completed. As the diagram shows you should allow 90mm on the width and 55mm on the height (from the finished flooring height). So if the door is 762mm, the opening is 762+90mm = 852mm.

With this subframe in place it allows you to fix the veneered frame in place ideally using corrugated staples every 150mm, using a high powered staple gun. These will be hidden once the architrave is on. Also on the hinge side of the frame, replace a hinge screw with 1 long screw in each of the four hinges. You can also put in longer screws through the striking plate. This method of fixing will leave the frame without any noticeable fixing marks. You can see the types of locks and hinges used by clicking the links

prehung doorset installation

Below are pictures of the locks that go into the door sets. They are in satin stainless steel finishes. The centres or distance between top and bottom spindle on bath locks is approx 76mm which will give 25mm between the rose of the handle and turn and release. For the choice of hinges click here

Door lock types

Sliding Tracks Only – with fixings for 80KG door leafs, track and wall/celing mounts
Single Door with 2m Track £185.00
Double Doors with 2x 2m Tracks £285.00
Accessories – Syncroniser for Double Doors £125.00
Sliding Pocket Cage Systemsnon Fire Rated
1800->2100mm Tall Doors 2100->2700mm Tall Doors
Single £385.00 Single  £450.00
Double £660.00 Double  £825.00
Sliding Pocket Systems –  Fire Rated – FD30 
1800->2100mm Tall Doors 2100->2700mm Tall Doors
Single £635.00 Single £725.00
Double £950.00 Double £1185.00
Accessories for Cage Systems     — Soft Closers £48.00 per door     —    Syncroniser for Doubles £68.00

All Prices subject to site survey. All Prices Excl. VAT

We use as standard on our door sets a fire rated stainless steel 2 part lift off hinge. Due to the heavy weight of our doors we use 4 hinges as standard.

These are higher quality than standard fire rated ball bearing butt hinges due to the following:

  • The door can be easily removed without unscrewing the hinge from the frame.
  • As they are simple 2 part hinge they can easily be plated or powder coated to many finishes.
  • Unlike ball bearing hinges they will not leak oil.

It is not unusual that doors in older houses have been cut down in size to accommodate new flooring, for example wooden flooring which can be 20mm thick. We can supply  doors if you are refurbishing a house in reduced heights to accommodate this problem. This is only viable in our solid core and veneer range and as a rule adds approx 20% to the cost of the door.

We strongly advise that you should consider this as you should avoid cutting the doors down too much as this will reduce the solid wood lippings and will affect the overall appearance of some of the panelled doors.

After the installation of our pre-hung door sets, the final finishing will be caulking behind any skirting and architrave. We always advise the majority of the decoration can be either paint or tiling. The decorator will need to caulk behind the architraves and do a final cut in to achieve the prefect finish. In he case of wall paper finishes these need to be left until the architrave and skirting are on, especially if the architraves are a pre finished wood finish.

All the doors are very high quality doors. The weight of a standard 1981mm x 762mm x35mm flush panel door is approx 35KG. The 45 mm fire door will be approx 45Kg. It is advisable that you use three pairs of hinges on each door. The pre hung door sets have four pairs.

We supply all our fire doors made to order in Standard and Bespoke sizes.

We can supply FD30 1/2 Hour fire doors and FD60 1 hour fire doors.

Fire door Regulations:

On the 6th April 2007 regulations relating to fire doors were modified.

NEW BUILDS
Before the rule change, all doors of habitual rooms leading to the staircase in 3 storey dwellings needed to be SELF CLOSING FIRE DOORS. This meant that most doors would fall in to this category. The main exceptions would be ensuite bathrooms and cupboards.

With the new regulations fire doors are still required, but the doors do not need to be self closing. The full government report can be found here

EXTENTIONS ON EXISTING DWELLINGS
On extentions involving a 3rd floor it will no longer be good enough to make your existing doors self closing where required. They will in fact need to be replaced by actual fire doors. These new fire doors like the new build regulations will not need to be self closing. You will need to have fire doors on all habital rooms leading to the staircase, same as the new build regulations

See These Links that may be of use:

http://www.bwfcertifire.org.uk/assets/explaining_fd20s_factcard_13.pdf  – opens new window

http://www.bwfcertifire.org.uk/publications/fact-cards – opens new window

Yes if you add acoustic seals. New regulations in building requirements now include acoustics. A minimum decibel reduction of 29dB must be achieved. All of our fire doors will be able to perform to this new requirement if acoustic seals are added.

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