In recent years, the timber doorset has become a widely recognised door installation solution with more and more specifiers and building owners advocating its use.
The reason why? Government policy has filtered down and is now utilised throughout the entire construction industry. The government has long preferred the specification of pre-hung modular doorset systems as they provide standardised sizes and uniform performance specifications throughout the entire build. Specifiers, particularly Architects, have been converted to the doorset system after working on governmental projects and have now begun promoting their use in private projects, including domestic developments.
The reason behind this conversion is just as simple at the doorset system itself. By choosing doorsets, as opposed to opting for a conventional installation by a trained joiner, there will be significant cost-savings, bringing the overall project total down. Whilst comparative costs are indicative, industry experts estimate that a saving of between 30 and 40% is made (per door unit) when a doorset solution is specified.
Due to its simplicity, a non-skilled contractor can easily and rapidly install a doorset, significantly reducing site labour costs. This is because doors are pre-hung in a frame at the doorset manufacturer’s premises. The doorset usually includes all the hinges, fixing brackets and screws required for an uncomplicated and swift installation. Some doorset systems include the architrave, whilst others include an adjustable door lining, which overcomes wall thickness variations sometimes encountered on-site.
By opting for a doorset system, the specifier is also assured of the quality of the overall opening. The majority of doorsets are made to the specifier’s exact specification to suit his requirements and therefore, are the exact colour, size and construction selected, so there are no surprises when the doorset arrives on site.
Unlike a conventional doorset installation, all materials and ancillary doorset items will be supplied by just one manufacturer / supplier in one package. This allows the specifier to deal with just one source if there are any quality issues relating to any component within the doorset. The risk of site damage is also significantly reduced as doorsets are traditionally delivered to site later in the build programme. Some specifiers have also commented on the lack of notable chisel marks when compared to a conventional door fitting. This provides a neater and more professional finish and ultimately, happier end-users!
With the advent of doorsets, comes the inevitable evolution of this time-saving product. Many manufacturers now offer thirty-minute fire-rated fire doorsets for those builds that have to adhere to Part B of the current Building Regulations. Apartment entrance doorsets are also taking the industry by storm. Usually fire door rated, apartment entrance doorsets are specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements required by the Building Regulations. As well as fire resistance, this type of doorset also includes optimum security components, such as, a certified lock and latch system and sound-reduction properties.
By Grant Goddard
Grant Goddard is Premdor’s Doorset Expert.
Premdor offer a selection of doorset products, including SpeedSet Plus (an internal doorset solution), SoundSecure (for apartment entrances) and SpeedRobe (a sliding wardrobe system).