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A Guide to Stile and Rail Wood Doors

When it comes to choosing doors for your commercial facility, the options seem endless. One timeless and highly customizable choice worth considering is the stile and rail door. In this blog post, we will explore the characteristics, construction, and benefits of stile and rail doors to help you make an informed decision for your building.

What Is a Stile and Rail Door? Stile and rail doors distinguish themselves from standard flush wood doors by incorporating multiple vertical and horizontal wood pieces (stiles and rails) assembled with panels or glass. This unique construction results in a distinctive appearance that combines elegance with durability.

Components of a Stile and Rail Door:

  1. Stile: Vertical pieces with a wood grain, measuring 5-6 inches in width, forming the outer edges of the door.
  2. Rail: Horizontal pieces with a wood grain, measuring 6 inches for the top rail and at least 10 inches for the bottom rail. Together with stiles, they provide strength and hold the panels.
  3. Intermediate Stile (Mullion): Center stiles that separate interior panels, contributing to the door's sturdiness.
  4. Crossrail/Midrail: Middle rails that separate and hold the panels.
  5. Panel: Decorative components that float within the stile and rail design, made of materials such as wood, glass, or louvers. Panels can vary in number, profile, and thickness based on fire rating.

Construction Process: Stile and rail doors are meticulously crafted from 12 or more precisely cut components. Dowel pins and glue are used for assembly, creating a door that appears as though carved from a single piece of wood. The use of thicker veneer, often over a laminated strand lumber (LSL) or particleboard core, contributes to decreased sound transmission, increased strength, and durability. The smooth surface of the veneer allows for exquisite staining or painting.

Why Choose a Stile & Rail Door?

  1. Durability: The craftsmanship involved makes stile and rail doors a long-term investment, offering increased sturdiness and sound resistance compared to typical flush doors.
  2. Fire Ratings: Stile and rail doors can meet commercial building code requirements with fire ratings ranging from 20 to 90 minutes.
  3. Aesthetics: With crisp lines, balanced design, and customizable features, stile and rail doors offer a high-end appearance suitable for various styles and project types. Their classic look makes them an excellent choice for historic remodels or traditionally designed new builds.

Stile and rail doors from CDF Distributors are more than just entrances; they are statements of craftsmanship, durability, and timeless elegance. Consider these doors for your commercial facility to elevate both aesthetics and functionality, creating an enduring impression for years to come.

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