A video that focuses on Applied Molding doors and why they are different (and more expensive) than standard doors.

Video Transcript

With the prevalence of glazing in today's kitchens, more and more people are looking for really handsome, heavy looking doors to try to grab that glaze and show it off. Applied molding doors do a great job of that. Conestoga has been making applied molding doors for years now. They are at the upper tier of the pricing spectrum, so be prepared that they are going to be a little bit more expense than miter doors or the lower-level raised paneled. We do want to highlight some of the more popular ones and what an applied molding door is and what it gets you. The applied molding we're talking about, is, if you can look at the door on its spine basically, this is the typical door thickness and there is this raised applied molding and it's mounted to the face of the door. You have different molding details. There's all sorts of different designs of their website. We'll show you some here, but that detail molding kind of makes the actually look like it's got more relief. It makes the door look heavier and thicker. It drops further into this area here so that the door looks like it just goes back further. It also gives glazing a lot more area and the nooks and crannies to hide in and bury into so that that glaze kind of pops off the door face. Because of that extra step, to both machine the molding and mount it, it is an extra step and adds some labor, so that's why these doors are a bit more expensive. This one's called a Staffordshire. It's a 1 inch thick door here and then the molding and then you have this really deeply sculpted panel raise that goes with it. It's a very heavy French-country looking door, again quite expensive, but almost no other way to get a look like this without going with a thick applied molding door. If you do the Staffordshire, you go the 1 inch thick route, be advised that full overlaying doors are going to be really tough because when this door opens, it's actually growing beyond the hinge and you're going to start rubbing up against adjacent doors or walls. Fillers, extended styles, those kind of things in your cabinets are critical if you go with this particular door. Almost the same door, not quite the same, but almost the same door, is this smaller, a little more delicate, detailed molding here. Great door to give you that same relief, but doesn't have to be 1 inch thick. This is called the Churchill door. It's a beautiful looking door. A lot of people do it with a flat panel instead of a raised panel just to give you a little bit more twist on simplified shaker. It just adds that detailed molding element. That's a great looking door. This door over here, we have a series of these doors that are both mitered, have some nice detailed framing, and also make use of some different moldings like a dark molding and dental moldings. These are all found in the decorative applied molding door section on the website. You'll notice they use some, almost, milled or architectural moldings versus just a straight applied molding. They are, again, on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but they give you a look you just can't get any other way. Very, very beautiful doors. On the lower end of the spectrum, we have the Verona door. This door makes use of an applied molding and it makes use of a flat plywood center panel, one of the only applied molding doors we offer that uses a quarter inch plywood center panel. What that allows is this the molding is actually not sitting on the frame the way the Staffordshire, the Churchill, and others are. This molding is actually sitting on and attached to the panel face. That's why this door must be quarter inch plywood because if it was solid wood and that solid wood wanted to expand and contract, it would actually pop the molding off the panel. They keep the cost down, give you a very beautiful door that this does stick up above the frame of the door and it gives you a place for that glaze to hang at a very equitable price. Be sure to check out the website, look at the applied molding and decorative applied molding door sections. Find some you like. We show cross-sections of all the doors so that you can see how these moldings look as if you cut a door in half and you're looking at the cross-section, very helpful. Again, sample doors are always great. We can always send you a sample door so you can feel it and touch it and see how you like it. Give us a call, 888-211-6482, if you have any questions.

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