ABOUT OUR DOORS
There is no better way to create a stunning environment than
with wood. Natural solid wood; exquisitely groomed by nature then
meticulously handcrafted by Barlow's Creative Doors. We
use only the highest quality products, from the selection of wood to
the choice of glass and finish.
Besides the obvious importance of the aesthetic considerations
of your door, utility should be of equal importance
to you. After all, if you have the worlds most beautiful
door and it does not perform due to poor construction you will
not be happy with it. With that in mind you can rest
assured that we will be with you through the design process
to make sure your door has lasting quality to attend its lasting
As we peruse door manufacture’s web sites and literature
it is apparent that there are many, so called, innovative
techniques from “mortise and tenon” to “lag bolt” construction
used throughout the industry which are more gimmick than substance.
Barlow’s creative doors has been building quality doors long enough
to know what works and what does not. Our method of door building
affords us the versatility and flexibility to customize your door
while maintaining the quality our reputation demands.
Wood doors have a beauty and character which can be achieved
with no other construction material. It also allows
us to customize your design almost without limitation.
All you need to do is tell us what look you are seeking
and then leave it to us to construct your doors so they will
have the utility to perform for decades to come.
From the sketch below you can see that
our doors are constructed with stick and cope construction
and strengthened by the time honored method of doweling.
The strength and durability of this type of door construction
is without equal. Our panels float in their pockets to allow
for the expansion and contraction which is an inherent characteristic
Our finish system is unparalleled in
quality. When your door is prefinished in our controlled
finish environment you have the assurance that all edges and
both faces are sealed to preserve the moisture content necessary
to preserve the integrity of the door as well as the warranty.
Field finishing most frequently leaves the top and bottom of the
door unsealed and vulnerable to air moisture which will be the
death of a wood door.
We always lay our doors down when they are sprayed
and they also lay down until they are dry. This allows us
to apply a heavier coat of material without fear of runs or sags.
Also, the door edges and top and bottom are sprayed with each
face of the door so all edges have double coats of finish
to assure durability in the area where the door is normally handled
in daily use. When we pre-finish your door the jamb and stop
are finished separately. The jamb is finished beneath the stop
so field adjusting can be done without compromise to the aesthetics
of your door.
There is nothing ordinary about the
way we pre-hang our doors. Our doors are pre-hung
by hand to assure the quality our reputation demands.
The large pre-hang machines used by the production type door companies
are designed for speed at the expense of quality. We
use a commercial grade hinge and solid jambs. We have mortise
lock prep capabilities and, of course, can accommodate most
types of lock preps.
As you can see, we attend to detail here at Barlows and take
into consideration the long term considerations of each door we build.
We cannot risk having our name on a door that would not
live up to our reputation of quality and durability.