Once our product is delivered, unless there is a defect, you are responsible for maintaining the condition of the wood prior to installation. It's important to take steps to ensure the life of your cabinetry.
Here are a few tips you can adhere to that will ensure your wood stays up to par for your project:
- You may need to perform extra sanding steps when using darker stains or glazing applications.
- To preserve and enhance the quality and beauty of our unfinished wood products we strongly recommend finishing and sealing the doors as soon as possible.
- Unfinished wood needs protection from moisture and from extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Construction sites may vary in temperature as much as 30 to 50 degrees from day to night, causing warping, twisting, or cracking of unfinished doors within 24 hours. Even finished doors will do the same.
- Before doors are delivered, have all windows and exterior doors in place and bring the house to occupancy level conditions. Make sure all new drywall and plaster have had at least 2 weeks to dry.
- Many jobs are finished on site, where doors are not removed from the cabinet prior to finishing. This causes unfinished top rails on upper cabinets and unfinished bottom rails on lower cabinets. This allows moisture to be absorbed through the unfinished portion of the door, causing warping, twisting or cracking.
- Under no circumstances should unfinished millwork be delivered to a job or site that is under construction and open to the elements.
- Doors should not be subjected to abnormal heat, cold, extreme dryness, humid conditions or sudden changes therein.
- The entire door must receive two coats of a good grade finish. Completely and evenly finish ALL PIECES - front, back, top bottom, sides and all cutouts.
If you're ever unsure of how to treat the wood, feel free to contact us. We have plenty of suggestions and would be happy to assist! Contact us here.