Considerations when buying a door.
In an effort to save money, 95% of all so-called "high end"door manufacturers fill the cores of their stiles and rails (and sometimes even panels) with inferior woods like pine or other scrap pieces of wood left over from the manufacturing process. If manufacturers do not do this, they use “engineered composite” or LVL that is similar to plywood or MDF. Doors sold as solid hardwood are often actually less than 30% solid. Not only is this improper marketing, it also has an impact on the overall quality of the door. Different wood species move at different rates, and mixed species doors can warp, twist, bow or have other problems. An Antigua door’s core is the same species of solid hardwood throughout. For example, a Mahogany door has a solid Mahogany core and is 100% solid hardwood. When comparing manufacturers, be sure to ask your dealer, builder, or architect what percentage of the door you are considering purchasing is actually solid hardwood.
• In the age of assembly line production in which a greater emphasis has been placed on profitability over quality, mortise and tenon joinery has been replaced by quicker and less costly methods such as dowel and screw technology. Antigua uses mortise and tenon joinery when assembling our stiles and rails which is widely accepted as the highest standard in carpentry. Be sure to ask about the joinery of any door you are considering.
• The majority of doors we sell arrive pre-finished and pre-hung in their framing, dramatically effecting the time, quality, and cost of installation. Doors finished on site almost always lack the sophistication, richness, and beauty of an Antigua finish. The result is a flat or “muddied” looking door that lacks both depth and character. In addition, a construction site is full of contaminants that can make proper finish adhesion difficult or impossible. A polyurethane top-coat, the most durable protection available, requires a sterile, dust free environment for application, and thus is rarely used when doors are finished on a construction site.
• While many door company’s claim to be custom, what they really offer is a variety of sizes and a hodgepodge of interchangeable parts. Custom at Antigua means something entirely different. It means YES to building you practically anything and everything; from that beautiful door or molding you photographed while on vacation in Europe, to that creative drawing your designer or architect sketched on a piece of paper. Antigua Doors can turn your dreams into reality!
• Antigua Door Company chooses its partners carefully to insure the highest standards in service. Our dealers, builders, architects, and designers offer detailed specifications, flawless installation, and a seamless delivery process. Complete satisfaction is a promise many make, but that Antigua keeps!