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Before we start this little investigation, we need to understand a few properties of wood that will effect the timber colour over time.
The colour of timber is caused by natural pigments. This is defined by a group of chemicals known as quinones and polyphenolic compounds. Quinones are the true pigments, as the polyphenolic compounds are clear. However they can become important over time, as will be discussed later.
All timber contains what are generally referred to as “extractives”. Extractives have been discussed earlier in a few previous articles, but are the pigments, tannins, and other resins. They can be ‘extracted’ with a solvent such as water or mineral turpentine, hence the name.
Another key component of timber that can effect it’s change of color over time is lignin. Lignin is the glue that holds the timber fibre together. It is the most important structural component of timber.
Weathering is the biggest single, and most important cause of discolouration. There are two main mechanisms behind this:
Exposure to rain bleeds out the extractives, including the natural pigments (quinones). This process lightens the colour of wood.
Exposure to UV breaks down the lignin into simple sugars. These sugars act as a food source for moulds, which can be dark and blotchy in appearance. But in situations where they are controlled, such as in dry or coastal climates, they don’t develop fully so turn the timber a silver-grey.
When it comes to Oak Timber, it starts to turn a yellow to golden colour over a number of year this is mainly due to UV exposure.
Our Doras Daiken doors range is proving very popular with our clients, The feedback we receive is all positive . When our clients are updated there homes or designing a new build. The new grey colors in the doors and floors are the one’s the choose over the popular white, is it because the doors come in a laminated grey finish that needs no maintenance, that wont show up finger prints. Or is it just something different. Pop into our showrooms in Clonmel and Tramore or buy online www.murphylarkin.com
Here’s a short video of our sliding door, pocket doors and barn doors.
Our Tramore showrooms have a wide range of sliding door systems. Each has it’s own style and and bespoke finish. The rustic rail come in black and stainless steel finish and can hold a door weight of 80kgs ideal for a barn style door. Our pocket doors are ideal for saving space with the doors sliding back into a wall cavity. given a very clear modern look to any home.
Now operating our of our new bigger and brighter showrooms located in Tramore Co Waterford. We now offer our customers some of the very best in doors and flooring. A year in planning and construction our new flagship store has everything that you need when it comes to all our door and flooring needs. The larger store has enabled us to extend our products for people to pursue. We now carry stonework walls, which are on display by one of the top companies in the field Stegu.
The stonework walls give a lovely finish as surrounds to fireplaces and are proving a popular choice amongst customers. When it comes to internal doors We’re Ireland largest supplier. Our pocket doors which are recessed into the walls and a lot of sliding doors are on display in the new showrooms. We also supply the highly popular Palladio external doors. The Palladio doors only of very few that manufacture there doors here in Ireland. We also have a huge selection of sliding barn doors that are all manufactured in our factory in Tramore. Our barn doors come in a range of over 200 finishes all unique to the customer. The barn doors are internal door that are bespoke to the company. We’re the only company in Ireland that product such a door, the only limit is your imagination. Choice is the key word when it comes to providing our
customers what they are looking for.
Our flooring section has over 250 floors to choose from. Laminate floors top brands such as Pergo, quickstep, Balterio, Haro, Kronoswiss. Our Real wood timber floor is only purchased from FSC managed forests. We use Oak hardwood floors, walnut, smoked oak hardwoods and many more available from our showrooms. There is a similarly a large range of door handles and door knobs as well as architraves and skirting boards all in a range of styles and finishes.
Here’s a few videos of a quick demo of our sliding doors kits. All pocket doors that are used in our videos are all supplied and installed by Murphy Larkin Timber Products. Our pocket door kits are all compatible with all our internal doors, barn doors and external Mahogany doors. www.murphylarkin.com
Have you ever wished to change your existing staircase, but were concerned about the high cost or the potential damage it may cause?
Well we may have a solution….
Our stairs refurbishment parts allow you to transform the look of your existing closed staircase into the staircase of your dreams,with a choice of designs and desirable finishes such as oak and walnut to choose from.
Our innovative stairs system allows us to overlay your existing steps with solid engineered facing, with a wide selection of newal posts, spindles, handrails etc available to finish it off, and none of the excess damage or cost of a completely new staircase.
Have your staircase refurbished by one of our expert ‘Murphy Larkin’ installers in only a few hours to completely transform your hallway.
When it comes to choosing door furniture, the most common question is “Should I choose knobs or handles?”
Whilst there is no singular reason to choose one over the other, both have pros and cons which may be reason enough for you to make your decision.
Door Knobs are classically designed and are capable of adding a touch of style and class to your home. Designs and finishes are plentiful, with more elaborate porcelain, glass, and crystal cut finishes also available on top of the more commonplace brass and silver finishes.
They are perfect for older period properties. Many of these older properties would have been fitted with surface mounted rim locks, which are perfectly compatible with door knobs.
Aesthetically, door knobs look fantastic and give an immediate face lift to both old and newer styles of doors.
If the classic ball shaped knob is not suited, oval or egg shaped knobs are also available, giving enhanced grip, leverage, and size.
Door knobs do not naturally give as much grip as door handles.
Door knobs need to be set back further into the door than handles to avoid the user catching there knuckles on the door frame.
They are not ideally suited to people with arthritis in the hands or wrists, damp or wet hands, or for toddlers/small children, due to a general lack of grip and added tension/force required when twisting the knob to open the door.
Door handles are available in both modern and traditional styles. The traditional handle on backplate has been around for hundreds of years, whilst the more modern lever on rose is the more popular choice for renovations and new home builds.
Handles are convenient when opening and closing doors. Even when your hands are full, you could easily open the door using your elbow.
As the handle is fitted away from the frame of the door, there is little to no chance of the user catching there knuckles on the frame.
Handles are available in a wide selection of designs & styles, suitable for both modern and traditional homes.
Handles may not lend themselves to suiting period properties, particularly doors previously fitted with surface mounted rim locks.
The basic shape of a handle means that it may get caught on loose clothing as you walk through the door.
Handles may require greater maintenance over time, as they contain springs that hold the lever in position.
There is a common misconception that products with an engineered core are inferior to there solid equivalents, possibly down to the lower price and implied quality difference between solid and engineered materials.
Whilst a solid door set may hold a certain desirability factor to it, a like for like engineered door will have significant performance benefits that greatly improve upon that of a solid.
The doors may look the same, but as all you old romantics will know…its what’s on the inside that counts
As the name suggests, solid door constructions are made from singular pieces of timber, jointed, glued or dowelled together.
Engineered cores take a more modern approach to door leaf construction. In some cases particle board is used, whilst in other cases a cross-configuration of multi-layered timber is pressed and glued together to form a solid core. In both cases, a veneer is applied to the surface and solid lipping is fixed to the edges for shaving purposes.
Solid doors have a premium allure to them, and there inherent strength is undeniable. They are, however, susceptible to environmental factors such as heat and moisture. Exposure to factors such as these can cause a solid door to warp or bow, making it twist and gradually lose shape.
Engineered doors, on the other hand, are far more structurally stable as they are made from multiple materials and can evenly distribute any environmental stress that may be applied to it
Its highly likely that an engineered set will out-perform your solid door set for less money, and as newer building regulations call for better thermal insulation, your final decision may be a no brainer.
At ‘Murphy Larkin’ we understand that choosing a company to help you plan, create and deliver your new attic conversion is one of the most important decisions you can make.
Converting attic space can provide a relatively low cost means of attaining extra room(s), as it is created from exisiting space already available within the home.
Compared to the more arduous options of planning an extension to the rear or side of the house, an attic conversion makes much more sense.
In our estimation, it should be the first place to look should extra room(s) be a priority.
An attic conversion will unlock your homes hidden potential and will create an added space for you and your family to live, work and play in.
Our expert fitting team, who are fully qualified and insured, will ensure your attic space is utilised to its maximum potential.
For further information, call the experts at ‘Murphy Larkin’.