What You Should Know Before Installing a Reclaimed Victorian Front Door

  • Canglow
  • March 14, 2018
  • Entry Doors

Many people find Victorian properties to be charming in every way. From their elegant proportions, to their ornate architecture and complex detailing, these homes are built to impress, and today they’re as admirable as ever.

However, maintaining a home that has been around for over a century can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to finding the best suppliers and products. If your restoration project involves installing a Victorian front door, one of the options you have is getting a reclaimed door from your local salvage yard.

In many cases, a reclaimed front door only needs a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint to restore it to its former glory. Here are a few tips for choosing and installing a Victorian front door:

Confirm period authenticity

One of the first things you should be concerned about is getting an authentic front door from the period. Before you go shopping, have a look at the entry doors for several Victorian properties in your neighbourhood to find the common design elements. It’s unlikely that your neighbours will have their original doors, but most will try to preserve some elements that are unique to the era.

It is important that you try to match the look of your front door to others in your neighbourhood. Using a door from the wrong period or one that is wildly different to what everyone on your street has can make your home standout the wrong way and even detract from its value.

Visit multiple reclamation yards for inspiration

Locate as many reclamation yards around your home and try to visit several of them in person for inspiration, and also to research market values. You might find out some interesting information about the period; for instance, that doors with leaded and stained glass cost a little more, or whether you have a non-standard sized entry door. More importantly, visiting different reclamation yards will help you find a door that suits your style and personal preferences.

Choose the right sized door for your entrance

Your replacement Victorian entry door must fit your opening exactly, in length, width, and depth. If there’s no perfect fit, then you can compromise on the depth. But this will require you to do a bit of work on the frame to make it fit perfectly.

Look at the details

Focus on small details, like the location of the locks, or which side the door hangs. Fixing the door the wrong way can ruin a very expensive entry door, and increase the cost of your project, as you will need to hire a professional to move the hinges, uninstall the locks, and then install new ones the right way.

Final tip

Be careful about the types of locks on your reclaimed Victorian entry door. Considering that these doors are usually sources from demolition projects, they will likely come with insurmountable safety options. If you can’t get the lock to function properly, you might spend a little more on a locksmith.

For more information on finding the best doors and windows for your home, contact Canglow Windows and Doors today.

Recent Posts

How To Properly and Efficiently Care For Timber Windows

Timber windows are crafted from specialty wood, and as such, you’ll want to keep these beautiful windows in the best shape that you possibly can. Timber frames have natural properties in the wood that make them resistant to the elements, but they can last even longer with the right care and treatment. Keeping Your Timber […]

Read More
Sash Box Windows – How To Effectively Remove Them

Old sash boxes sometimes need to be removed. Window removal in itself can be a complicated process, let alone box sash removal. Box windows have sashes that are set into the wall. If you try removing sash windows and the sash box yourself, you could potentially end up causing some severe damage that will end […]

Read More
What Are The Benefits Of Secondary Glazing On Windows?

While secondary glazing doesn’t contain an attractive appeal that you can instantly notice, that’s not the point of it. Secondary glazing is meant to be invisible. There are several important benefits to going with secondary glazing. Benefits Of Secondary Glazing Customizable – Sliding secondary glazing and a hinged window design are two options that you […]

Read More
Grey uPVC Windows – Should You Choose Or Not Choose Them?

When new homeowners are making design plans for their dream home, they typically spend a large chunk of time determining what colors of windows and doors will work into their tastes. Because of the advances in technology, windows and doors can come in a large assortment of different colors, and grey uPVC windows are a […]

Read More

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *