Doors and windows play a very significant role in the aesthetic, design, and energy performance of any building, be it institutional, commercial, or residential. In continuation with the WOODINNOVATIONS webinar series, Canadian Wood recently conducted the second webinar focused on the ‘Door Industry’, by emphasizing its relevance to the Indian woodworking industry. Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., popularly known as Canadian Wood has been actively involved in promoting the concept of building with wood sourced from the sustainably managed forests of B.C., Canada.
In the doors segment, wood has been a very popular raw material especially in the traditional and luxury markets where it has been widely used for the manufacturing of doors, doorframes, and door jambs (chaukhats). The natural warmth, elegance, and beauty of wood when used in developing doors, instantly elevates the look of a space and adds character, which cannot be replicated by any other material. As wood has been a preferred building material for doors, the next essential step is to choose appropriate wood species, which define the price, performance, and durability of the product. While looking for appropriate wood species, manufacturers often consider the dimensional stability, screw and nail holding ability, resistance to rot, termite, and decay, suitability for carving (if needed), ease of installation, and maintenance requirements. Demand for safe and fire-resistant wood products has increased with new regulations coming for new-age constructions.
Canadian Wood species are best suited for solid wooden doors, flush doors, and door jambs with wood species such as Douglas fir, Yellow cedar, Western red cedar, and Western hemlock as excellent alternatives to hardwood species owing to their consistent high quality, durability, and resistance. Canadian Wood is sustainable, certified and the wood species come in standard grades and sizes. The wood is seasoned scientifically in kilns to the right level to ensure suitability for end-use. Canadian timber has been well received as an alternative to teak and maranti, fulfilling the necessary requirements for making frames and doors.
The recent Canadian Wood webinar driven by reputed leaders from the Indian door manufacturing industry viz., T R Krishna Murthy (E Door Solutions – Hyderabad), Jitendra Goyal (Dormak Interio – Jaipur) and Capt. Edwin Saldanha (Doors & Doors Systems – Mumbai), highlighted the trends, innovation, and creativity in door manufacturing using wood. The speakers presented an impressive door range along with the best practices and effective use of Canadian Wood species for solid wood door manufacturing. An hour-long informative session also shared light on how home and building owners today are becoming experimental while choosing doors as it plays a huge part in ensuring security and privacy, further enhancing the aesthetics of respective spaces.
Speaking during the webinar, Mr. T R Krishna Murthy, a visionary and Founder Member of E Door Solutions – Hyderabad said: “We have been using Canadian Wood, specifically timbers, in the manufacturing of conventional door frames for three years. Some residential and commercial developments have deeply benefited from our services and the products we sourced from BC Canada. We discovered that Canadian Wood products are both user-friendly and polish-friendly. With Canadian timber, we are developing finger jointed, edge laminated frames, and for panel door shutters also, we have used Douglas fir and Yellow cedar widely in our projects. We can foresee that the game changer in the Indian door market will be the demand for oversized entry doors. These floor-to-ceiling doors are popular among architects and interior designers and are available in a variety of styles and aesthetics.”
“While working in the door industry from over 12 years, we have realized that the quality of doors and the kind of finish it provides, is extremely important for builders and architects. To meet such requirements, we have been using the Yellow cedar species by Canadian Wood for door manufacturing in our projects across locations and have had great experiences using it. Manufacturers have been appreciative of Yellow cedar as it furnishes a pigmented view of doors, and is indeed delivering good results. Canadian Wood products have been known for great quality, longevity, and stability. From a design development perspective, dowel joint has become very prominent in the market, followed by the evolution of fixing method of the doors.” added Mr. Jitendra Goyal, Founder and Managing Director of Dormak Interio – Jaipur.
Subsequently, Capt. Edwin Saldanha, a master mariner and Managing Director of Doors & Doors Systems – Mumbai) said: “It is needless to mention that the door industry has evolved over the years. Today, we could maximize the use of wood for fire door manufacturing and benefit more from it when compared with steel fire doors. In the past, we were searching for an alternative to Red meranti wood as its stability and moisture content were not upto the mark. We then connected with Canadian Wood and found Western hemlock and Douglas fir species best suited for internal frames and exterior door frames. We have test certificates for 60 minutes fire door and frame with Douglas fir, however, the industry is growing rapidly, and hence we want to have 120 minutes test certificates in the future. We have already done trials for 120 minutes fire door experiments with Canadian Wood. As we move ahead, we look forward to lighter fire doors made of Canadian Wood, and we shall do fire tests before releasing them commercially.”
Commenting on the culmination of webinar on Door industry, Mr. Pranesh Chibber, Country Director – Canadian Wood said: “The availability of sustainably sourced and certified wood is encouraging industry professionals to make a responsible choice. Many present-day manufacturers, developers, and architects in the hospitality and real estate industry are looking at building villas, country homes, farmhouses, and resorts with Canadian Wood species. We have also witnessed an increase in consumer spending on the construction and renovation of commercial and residential buildings. We’re optimistic that this market demand will drive Indian doors market growth. Furthermore, wood is a very cost-effective raw material for doors and door frames. On account of the escalating demand, the wood market has begun to see an increased adoption with more and more wooden door manufacturers employing the required techniques and hardware to make doors on the parameters demanded by the clients.”
Even though the overall real estate market in India was initially affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, a few Indian cities have shown a quick rebound due to renovations and expansion of spaces. Additionally, the booming demand for energy-efficient and impact-resistant housing infrastructure will lead the industry towards more innovative products materials. Demand for uPVC and WPC doors has also increased as they have advantageous properties including strength, versatility, limited maintenance, high insulation against noise, resistance to moisture, etc.