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Doors- The Safekeepers of Our Home


That enclosed space, demarcated from all others, so intimately familiar to us - which we call ‘home’ – never fails to bring with it a profound sense of well-being and security. We lock up and leave for the day or turn in for the night, taking it for granted that the very acting of locking up makes us safe, when in fact, it is the door that we lock, and it is the door that keeps the home safe for us, whether we are in it, or away from it. Doors can only be safe when their quality and process of manufacturing make them so. Plywood is the most popular material for residential doors. While locks, latches, chains and a host of sophisticated systems are available as security options, none would serve many purposes, if the door itself were unlikely to hold up. The first order of business is selecting the right door; therefore, is to examine the factors that make it safe.

Plywood Strength

The stronger the door, the safer it is. The strength of plywood doors depends on their thickness and the manufacturing process.

When plywood is made, the layers of core veneers are placed with their grain at 90˚ to each other, or sometimes alternating with 45˚ and then glued together under high temperature and pressure. It is essential that this compression is uniform to bind the veneers strongly.

Well-made plywood adhering to IS 2202 such as Century Ply tends to be stronger than wood, and its static bend is less than that of steel. A door made of such plywood has high stability and impact resistance, which fortifies it against undue force and pressure. This is an important safety factor to be considered in terms of the overall security of the home.

Screw Holding Capacity and Slamming

The holding strength and withdraw resistance of screws on the face or the edge of the plywood is an essential criterion for door safety as it directly concerns its capacity to hold firm to its frame and to have the locking system installed in it. 

Slamming doors is only discourteous to people but destructive to doors. A stable door should have no impact due to slamming.

Weather Resistance and Dimension Stability

One of the first effects that any surface, wooden or otherwise, first experiences is that of the weather. Wood tends to bloat in humid conditions, making it difficult to shut. If it happens to be the front door that has bloated, then it poses the single most significant security threat to the homeowner.

While choosing plywood doors, it is essential to select BWP (Boiling Water Proof) grade plywood. For instance, Century Doors Pro use BWP grade, warp-resistant plywood which has compact fillers. It retains form and wears well under all weather conditions. 

Moisture Removal Treatment

Apart from housing some insect, all-natural materials attract moisture and hence, fungi.

Kiln drying of the plies, as against air drying, ensures that moisture content is controlled and insects and fungi are killed.

Anti-Termite, Anti-Borer Treatment

The glue which is used for binding the plies contains cellulose which termites eat. This makes plywood susceptible to termite infestation. 

If the material used for the door were to be attacked by insects, microbes or moulds, it would make the door weak and unsafe. In turn, this would expose the entire home and the furniture in it to such infestations, even creating a health hazard for the occupants.

The unique glue line internal protection treatment of Century Ply doors ensures that the veneers are tightly bound, leaving no room for termites to sense the glue in them, thereby making them termite and borer resistant. 

Doors That Watch Over You with Care

The door to our home is our very own guardian angel, watching over the boundaries of our most personal and private space, limiting entrance to those we choose to welcome into it and forbidding it to the rest. The quality of the door determines the safety of our home and thereby, our peace of mind.

When you choose a Century Ply door, aesthetics is guaranteed, but the beauty is not just skin deep – it is the beauty of good looks in addition to a core assurance of safety.