Door panels come in different materials and are mainly designed to cover and protect the surfaces of internal or armored doors. In recent years, the mere practical side has given way to a stronger care for design and aesthetics to the point some craft labs create authentic original manufactures, exclusively finished and even on demand.
Door panels materials
There are plenty of materials panel doors can be made of; wood, metal, aluminum, porcelain stoneware, natural stone and even fabric. In the general domain of interior design, however, the most widely used materials are porcelain stoneware, glass, polyester and aluminum. These materials are ideal for covering external doors and wicket gates, thanks to their resistance to time and atmospheric agents. The most appealing solutions are those where two or more materials are combined. Some fine and sophisticate examples are door panels in glass and steel, or in laminated or polished porcelain stoneware and glass. Material combinations are as many as the project ideas and the capability to produce a product that is appropriate for extended use, that improves the value and aesthetics of a door. Door panels in wood are deemed high-end as they are composed of quality thin layers of wood fiber that are further worked with a pantograph on the external side. The motifs portrayed are usually true works of art to be varnished with specific water-based enamels.
How to choose door panels for internal and external use
In order to make a choice that suits your tastes and needs, the first thing to do is to examine the location and door dimensions; in particular it should be considered whether the door is placed outside or inside, if it is standard-sized or tailor-made. In the latter case, the price difference might be significant. As far as door panels for armored doors is concerned, the most recommended materials are porcelain stoneware, aluminum and polyester (PES), that prove durable through time and atmospheric agents, especially sun and pouring rain. Stainless steel is also considered reliable and valuable as a material, as it is enduring, easy to clean, and naturally molds-resistant. Therefore making an external silk-screen printed stainless steel laminate to cover a door for outdoor use can be the right solution from an aesthetic and pragmatic point of view. This is why door panels in stainless steel are cutting-edge in the domain of furnishing complements for the indoor and outdoor, thanks to both the structural qualities of steel and because steel working allows to obtain accurate results with no visible junctures. Door panels for internal doors offer a wider choice to also encompass materials such as ceramic and glass, to meet the most refined tastes. Glass panels are worked at a high temperature that make this component more resistant than traditional glass. In case an accidental impact ruins the panel, this shatters into tiny small roundly-edged pieces, ensuring maximum safety for people and animals.
Some models of panels for armored doors
In recent years, the demand for panels for external doors has risen among customers wishing to add extra value to the doors of access to their home space. An expanding sector is that of door panels in polyester, usually referred to in the products technical sheets with the acronym PES. Models with a smooth or ashlar finish usually faithfully mimic wood, its veining and varying nuances, depending on the panel drawing. The panel does not need a specific maintenance, it is easy to install with a specific glue also because of its lightness and does not pose any problem concerning splinters, cuts and abrasion despite ordinary use and time. The color nuances available are as many as the producer wants and in some cases they are also customizable with exclusive textures, to create an unusual and unique combination with the external façade. Panels in aluminum are a contemporary solution of great value as this material is light, performing over time and apt to be worked and finished in countless ways. Aluminum is an extremely ductile material and an easy one to forge; therefore many producers prefer it over other materials. The final products are resistant, imply a lower cost of production and offer ample possibilities for tailoring, resulting into a larger offer on the market and therefore a higher competitiveness. The colors of aluminum door panels embrace the whole scale, with no limit. Finishing can be smooth, ashlar, with metal inserts or peculiar decorations. Aluminum door panels for external doors are available in a multitude of variations, each one of which can be coupled with different types of handles and details application to fit any furnishing style. The importance of a product versatility is especially tested in its ability to meet a wide market segment that can feel represented by a specific color or model, identifying as their own a covering that will inevitably last in time.
Polyester, a versatile and modern material for door panels
Door panels in polystyrene, also known as PS, are light and strongly insulating too; they are adaptable, innovative and ideal both for indoor and outdoor doors. Project developers and designers love designing door panels with this material because it allows to express one’s creativity at 360° for what relates to finishes and textures. Anyhow, what fascinates the most about door panels in polyester is their ductility allowing to mount them with a curved or waved effect, for an outcome that is sophisticate and elegant. Polyester door panels, which usually are less than 4mm thick, are normally installed with a specific vinyl glue for synthetic materials. The best models for covering are treated with innovative modern technologies that prevents the component from expanding even under very high temperature conditions. As part of the most refined working of PS panes, suede finish feels just like caressing velvet or chamois leather.
Be different with design door panels
Choosing a design door panel means standing out from the crows and opt for an exclusive product available in few pieces around the world, or entirely custom-made. In order to cover the door with a manufacture of this kind, it is necessary to address to craftsmen specialized in this type of working and possibly able to show a portfolio for potential clients to get an idea of their way of working. It is advisable to address to artisans with a long experience in this domain and who can best guide you through the materials that can best suit your expectations, aesthetic and functional needs. If you have in mind a product made of specific materials, like glass, steel or wood, it is up to the manufacturer to inform you about the inherent characteristics of the various components, so that, although the client has the final say, you are adequately informed about the panel to be manufactured and can enjoy a final product which is up to the expectations.
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