BARLOW'S CREATIVE DOORS
900 South 1600 West
Built to your Creative Design
* Barlow's Creative
Doors specializes in custom one-of-a-kind
solid wood entry systems
and interior doors. We welcome
your design and the
challenge of creating a distinctive
door just for you.
Remember, doors can be further
customized with a unique
finish, distress and glass choice.
We work directly with the homeowner,
or architect to help
expedite the quote and design process.
WHAT GOES INTO
PRICING A DOOR?
Is it interior or exterior
Door size or rough opening
Glass choice if applicable
Distress if any
TO ASK YOURSELF?
If you are considering an exterior
What is your exposure?
Will this door be protected
from sun exposure and weather?
Will your sprinklers
spray this door?
will be the death of a wood door.
AS A REMINDER
Quality is always our focus.
We can order your base & case needs through
sister company and finish
it to match your door order.
Special pricing is available on full house packages.
Be sure to visit our
pages for ideas
and more information about our company.
READY FOR A QUOTE?
DECIDE TO ORDER A DOOR OR DOOR PACKAGE, WE
WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
* Exact measurement
* Wood species
* Glass choice if applicable
* Finish color sample
* Hinge color
* Bore information
* Site address
PUTS MY ORDER INTO PRODUCTION?
* A signed confirmation When
we have the above information, we can get
a confirmation ready. We would
ask you to review
this information carefully and if it is
correct, we will ask you to sign it.
* A deposit of 50% of
your order. Balance due C.O.D.
We deliver curbside
and will need someone scheduled to
AVAILABLE WOOD SPECIES
The wood species listed below are some
of the more common and are readily available.
Other woods are also available and less common
and not as readily available. There are also some woods
that do not qualify for door material due to available
size of the lumber or it is not suited for other reasons
such as stability.
This is possibly
the most traditional and most stable wood species.
It is very hard and durable. The
color ranges from pink to a light straw color.
Color variations from board to board are significant
but not extreme and can be easily muted with stain.Doors
made of this wood are very stable. The
grain is open and closed and it takes stain very well.
Typically the open grain will take the stain
much darker than the closed grain and it is this
characteristic that gives Red Oak its easily identifiable
appearance.The most common of the cuts is plain
sliced, but oak is also easily obtainable
in Rift. This cut will reduce the big open grain
"feathers" and is quite straight grained. In
the Rift cut there are areas of "flakes"
which are characteristic of quarter sawn oak.The quarter
sawn oak is very unique and interesting.
This cut will typically yield only area of the
characteristic "flake" since door components
are much to large to expect vast areas of this look.
This is a
very hard and durable lumber. It is very
different from its cousin in color, density and
appearance. The grain patterns are similar to Red Oak
but have an appearance all its own. The color is a very light gray.
of White oak is as good as Red Oak and doors made
of this species are very heavy and stable.
This species is also available in quarter
sawn and rift cuts. These cuts yield a straight
grain with the characteristic "flakes" typical of
available this species is rarely used for entry
or passage doors. It is similar
in appearance to Red Oak and is often confused with
Red Oak by the untrained eye.Ash is fairly hard and dense
though softer and less dense than oak.
Grain pattern yields "feathering" of the open grain.
Stability is fairly good. The popularity of
this wood species has diminished over the years
does not seem to "fit" the fashion styles currently
a look of its own and comes in a variety of grades
each of which has its own characteristics.
Maple is one of the hardest of the hardwoods and
is also very dense and heavy.Hard White Maple is typically
used for more contemporary styles.
It will yellow somewhat with time. The grain
is closed and the grain pattern is quiet and smooth.
Due to grain characteristics stain with
any color depth will appear blotchy and uneven. Soft
Maple has a great deal more color. The
grain patterns are similar to Hard White Maple
but the clean white color is absent.
This variety is typically used for a paint grade
application although this wood has a character that
is unique enough to be used in other applications. Wormy
Maple is another variety that has a very unique
characteristic. This has the white color
with long streaks of black and brown surrounding
small worm holes. For a rustic application there
is nothing like it.
always been considered to be one of the elegant
wood species. It is quite hard and dense
with a tight closed grain that has soft patterns.
It takes stain well and is often used in applications
where a deep furniture type finish is desired.
This is one of the most expensive woods but its beauty
and elegance is unequalled.
More recently Knotty
Cherry has become popular. It is much
less expensive and has a character all its own for
the more rustic applications.
This is a
tropical wood that has been traditionally used in more
elegant applications. It is a tight
closed grained wood which varies enormously in
color from deep maroon through red and orange
to a very light red or pink. Because of this
fact it is highly recommended that a stain be used to
mute the vast color variations. Typically dark stains
have been used with Mahogany with great success.There
are three major varieties of Mahogany, Honduras,
African, and Philippine (Luan), With the
flap about rain forest trees this species is becoming
more difficult to get and more expensive.
The Philippine variety is used mostly for
veneers and is less dense and less stable.
Of the three it is the least attractive aesthetically
and therefore not used for door construction.
Honduras Mahogany is considered to be Genuine
Mahogany. It is also by far the most expensive
of the Mahoganies and is becoming more and
more difficult to get. Most wood workers
cannot distinguish between African and Honduras
Mahogany. It has been our experience that
the African variety is more stable, and more consistent
in color and therefore the variety most used and most
This is a
very attractive and interesting lumber. It is
chocolate in color with white streaks. It is quite
dense and heavy. It is more expensive than
Oak and less expensive than Maple. Doors built
of Walnut and finished natural without stain are
very interesting due to the grain patterns and color
variations. Walnut is considered to be quite
stable and would be a good choice for door manufacture.
This is a very expensive lumber. It has characteristics
that are very unique which make this lumber
a great choice for a rustic application where the
unusual is required. Due to the cost of this material
it is seldom used and therefore not often seen.
It has a craggy surface consistent with the desert environment
in which it grows. Adding to the cost of the already
expensive lumber is the huge waste factor due to
the small nature of the boards which come from a very
a very tight grained and smooth surfaced lumber
used primarily for paint grade applications.
It paints very well without telegraphing grain
and is quite stable. It has huge color variations,
from almost black to green to almost Maple white. This
is occasionally used as a stain grade material
where the stain is dark enough to mute the vast color
variations. It accepts stain very well
and is a fairly hard hardwood.
This is one
of the most unusual hardwood species. There
are generally between nine and thirteen grades
of Alder depending upon the mill that does the sorting.
This species has become so popular and the demand
has increased so much that the finer grades have
almost disappeared from availability.
Superior Alder is the highest grade and is more and
more difficult to obtain. While this grade used
to be almost knot free, it comes most commonly with
some small knots in nearly every board. In days
gone by it was not uncommon to use Superior Alder as a
substitute for Cherry but with the increased knots and decreased
availability that is less and less an option.
Alder has a similar appearance to Cherry.
The grain is tight with soft patterns.
There is a significant difference from Cherry
in color and density, however. Alder is softer
and lighter than Cherry and stains more blotchy.
In the past it was the blotchy way it accepts stain
that made it unacceptable but now with the
style and fashion changes it is that blotchiness that
designers have come to like about it. The knottier
grades of Alder are the most common grades used
now for the rustic look. The larger knots in
combination with the blotchy stain color give doors
a huge amount of character and make them so desirable.
A house full of Knotty Alder doors creates either a rustic
feel or a more elegant feel depending upon color,
distress, etc.One of Alders most annoying features
is its unusual ability to accept or give off
moisture to the air. This makes it very unstable
for use as a material for doors. It has been our
experience that completely sealing a door after
manufacture by finishing it here at the factory all
but eliminated that issue. We therefore
do not offer a warranty on Alder doors unless we
finish them here.
Fir is one
of the Softwoods that has been used for decades for
doors and moldings. Due to logging
limitations this and other softwoods have risen
in price dramatically over the past decade.
Since Fir is typically a building material it
is not usually kiln dried dry enough to use for
There is a grade that is cut more carefully and kiln
dried dry enough for door production.
It is call Clear Vertical Grain Fir or CVG Fir.
It is cut from the log in a special way that allows for
it to be more stable and by doing so, much of the character
of the wood is eliminated. This also makes
CVG Fir quite expensive. It was just a few years
ago that this was not only one of the most expensive
soft woods but one of the most expensive woods period.
Thanks to the escalation of Cherry and some of the
other hardwoods, that is no longer that case. CVG Fir
is a very straight grained lumber without much
personality. It has been used for years
as a veneer for paint grade doors. Consequently
there are many who are under the impression
that it is a cheap wood. We seldom recommend CVG
Fir because it is not one of the most attractive
species, it is quite expensive, and it is a
One would choose this species
solely upon ones taste for its look, economy and
durability would not be considered.
many varieties of Pine available, and though each
has a slightly different appearance they are
very similar not only in appearance but in characteristic.
Pine is a soft wood and therefore the kiln drying
process is not complete enough to use this wood for doors
with any reliability. It is done
frequently and successfully so using veneers over a stable
material. We at BCD do not build veneer doors
but have successfully built solid pine doors.
We insist, however, that pine doors receive a factory
finish before shipping in order to provide a warranty.
Pine is a very soft wood and generally retains
significant quantities of sap or pitch.
When the wood is dried the pitch becomes brittle
and also causes stain to be accepted with a great deal of
irregularity. Knotty Pine and Clear Pine are the
two options available. They each
have a completely different look and application
but they are both very unstable and not ideally suited
for door building.
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