Bath is a fairly popular procedure in our country. During the construction of this building, many have to deal with the choice of a wooden door to the steam room. What features this attribute has and what its choice depends on can be found in this article.
A variety of wooden entrance doors for the bath, which are available in specialized stores, can be confused when choosing this attribute. Bath doors can be divided into several parameters:
It can be of two types: whole and knocked out of separate elements. The first type is much more airtight. Do not be afraid that during operation the boards will dry out and gaps will form between them. But such products are quite expensive.
Oddly enough, wooden doors are made from different materials. That is, different types of wood are used for their manufacture. Since a large humidity drop occurs in a Russian bath, not every type of wood is suitable for the manufacture of this product.
It usually uses dense wood, which is well resistant to the aquatic environment.
The best view of the array here is oak. It is very dense, practically does not absorb moisture, so it does not rot. This door is quite heavy, so it requires reinforced hinges.
Also, linden is used to make the steam room door. This type of wood also absorbs water poorly, it practically does not swell. Also, the array practically does not heat up with this data, do not be afraid that with such a door you will burn your hands. In addition, linden does not emit tar. The advantage of the attribute of linden is its relatively low cost, which makes this product quite popular.
The cheapest attributes of this type are products made from pine. But they have a number of disadvantages. From moisture changes, pine doors often dry up and begin to let cold air into the steam room, and its tightness is broken. Such a product requires periodic repair. Over time, pine can rot due to high humidity. This is especially true for baths that are operated seasonally. Another drawback of this attribute is that the pine tree “cries” and you can get dirty in resin, and washing it is problematic.
Often, modern wooden doors have glazing. For these purposes, tempered glass is used, which perfectly resists high temperatures. In addition, if there is no window to the street in the steam room, then light from the dressing room will penetrate the room using the glass on the door.
The dimensions of the front doors are also different. In general, in a Russian bath the size of the entrance is calculated on the condition that the heat inside the steam room will be maximally preserved, therefore it is considered that the smaller the entrance to the bath, the better.
The standard dimensions of this attribute in height vary in the range from 1500 mm to 1850 mm. The width of the door does not exceed 700 mm.
The main difference between this attribute and the usual interior is the presence of a threshold. He rises as a barrier to the penetration of cold air into the room. Its height should not be less than 150 mm.
The color of the entrance doors for the bath usually has natural shades of wood. So, pine, linden will give a light shade to the product. The oak door will be darker.
Doors in the bathhouse are not recommended to be painted and varnished , since at high temperatures and humidity, these chemicals can release harmful substances, which will negatively affect your health.
Now the industry produces impregnations with a tinting effect, which can also be used in the steam room. They protect the wood from decay and deformation, while not emitting toxic substances when heated.
With their help, you can give your door any shade of your choice.
How to choose?
Choosing a door to the bathhouse is a rather difficult task, and it depends on several factors.
First, you need to decide on the budget for this product. If it is limited to only a few thousand, then you can afford to buy only a simple pine door without any interesting elements. If at your disposal the amount is slightly larger, then you can choose a door made of more expensive wood or with a combination of wood and glass. If your budget is unlimited, you can purchase a one-piece product decorated with original carvings or order it in a workshop on an individual project. In the latter version, you can be sure not only of the quality of the door, but also that the attribute with artistic carving will be a highlight in the interior of your bathhouse, and your friends will not find a similar product.
Secondly, you need to measure the required size. Remember that the door to the steam room should not be too big, otherwise it will release all the heat from the bath.
It is good if your product will have an original look. This is due to the fact that in the bathhouse we not only gain health, but also relax our body and soul. Therefore, the aesthetic design of this room will contribute to relaxation.
It is also worth paying attention to door hardware. This applies to pens and loops. Handles should in no case be made of metal. This material during the operation of the bath is very hot, and you simply can not open and close the door. Therefore, the best option for this type of hardware is made of wood. But if you still want to buy iron handles, choose models with a wooden insulator in the place where you will hold onto it with your hand or made of alloys that do not heat up. Do not purchase plastic pens. Under the influence of high temperatures, this material can become brittle and crack when simply pressed. Also, under the influence of heat, plastic can release toxic substances.
Loops also need attention. Well, if they are made of brass. This material can easily withstand the weight of even an oak door, it practically does not corrode and will serve for many years.
Another parameter that is necessary for the door leaf in the bath is its fire resistance.
The door should be treated with a special compound that will protect it from burning should a fire happen.
Advantages and disadvantages
A wooden door in the bath has been installed since ancient times. And in modern times, perhaps it’s pretty hard for her to find a replacement.
This is due to the fact that this attribute has several advantages:
- Natural wood is an environmentally friendly material that does not emit harmful substances even under the influence of extremely high temperatures, and they are typical of steam rooms in a bathhouse.
- The smell that is released when exposed to wet steam from these products has a beneficial effect on human health and emotional state. This is a kind of aromatherapy.
- Wood does not conduct heat well, retaining most of it inside the steam room.
- Wooden doors are usually made in the old Russian traditions, so they will be ideal for people who respect their history.
- You can find a fairly budget option that even affluent people can afford.
There are several negative sides to the doors for a wooden bath:
- Even made from expensive wood, they can dry out under the influence of humidity and temperature.
- Over time, especially if the bath is not used in the winter, such a product may rot.
- Quality options are quite expensive.
Famous manufacturers and reviews
Now many manufacturers produce bath doors. Here are a few that are in great demand, and reviews about the products of these companies are mostly positive.
DoorWood is a Russian manufacturer. Production workshops for this company are located in Moscow and the Mari El Republic. She has been producing wooden doors for Russian baths and saunas for more than ten years. The production is equipped with modern equipment, which allows to increase strength and minimize the effect of moisture on these products, reduce the amount of waste and increase labor productivity, thereby reducing the cost of production. Doors of this manufacturer can be bought both in the official online store of the company, as well as from numerous dealers throughout Russia and abroad. The material from which this company produces its bath doors is linden, birch, coniferous varieties of wood. The cost of production varies from 3,000 for a simple canvas made of birch to 11,000 rubles for a door made of Canadian cedar.
"Litkom." This company was founded in 2000. It produces all products for equipping baths, from stoves to doors. Litkom cooperates with many construction companies whose activities are related to the construction of bathhouses. The doors of this company are simple in design, but their quality is up to par. You can choose models that simply have a wooden canvas or in combination with glass inserts. The cost of attributes here is quite budgetary and ranges from 3,000 to 5,000 rubles.
"Intellect, Engineering, Construction" (ITS). This company has been represented in the market of bath doors for more than 20 years. The quality of products manufactured by ITS is at its best. Doors have a unique design, which is patented by this company. They perfectly retain heat, while the design is quite light, but strong and durable. The cost of the products of this company is not to say that the budget. The cost of bath doors of this manufacturer starts from 8000 rubles.
Good examples and options
Manufacturers of bath doors offer products of various designs - from simple hammered boards to paintings decorated with carvings. Here are some interesting options.
A door resembling the entrance to the hut of three bears. It has a minimum size and is decorated with platbands of not edged wood, forged hinges and a wooden handle in the same style with the canvas itself. The shape of the door resembles a barrel and protrudes slightly on the sides.
One-piece attribute, decorated with artistic carvings. This is a handmade work according to the individual sketch of the author.
A simple model, knocked together from boards. The only decoration of this canvas is the horizontal crossbar not edged boards, which give the product brutality.
There are several tips on the operation of wooden doors in the bathhouse, which are given by experienced wise attendants:
- When purchasing this product, check if it has been treated with impregnations that protect the tree from moisture and fire. If this procedure has not been carried out, buy special solutions and process the canvas and the box yourself. This will extend the life of this product.
- The door can only be painted with water-based tinting compounds, which are intended for use in wet steam conditions on the product. It is not necessary to use paints, since they can release toxic substances when heated, and such a coating will last
- If the door is deformed during operation, repair the cracked structure. To do this, disassemble the door on the boards. Lubricate the joints with PVA glue and fix with clamps. After drying completely, make horizontal door trim. The repaired product can be mounted on hinges.
- If the door is hooked and air passes between the canvas and the box, then beat the felt along the entire perimeter of the box. This material is environmentally friendly, and at the same time perfectly protects the steam room from the ingress of cold air and steam out.
You will learn how to make a good wooden door for a bath from the next video.