Doors still remain predominantly wooden, framed in teak or other hardwood, says Smita Vijaykumar, CEO, reNNovate Interiors. “Readymade door systems from dorms or panto with a wood look are very good as long as they gel with the interiors. Glass is also acceptable, preferably toughened glass of 12-mm thickness from Saint Gobain or Modiguard.”
“We prefer treated solid hardwood for door frames and teakwood for the main doors across properties,” says Eshwar N, EVP Marketing, Casagrand Builder. “We prefer Kalpataru for doors. Accessories are by brands like Mackoy.”
Architect Vijaykumar observes, “PVC doors have great scope in wet areas but they still lack the finesse homeowners seek.” So there is scope for evolution in that space.
In terms of design, Eshwar notes that a fixed 1-ft designer door panel on the inner side of the main entrance door frame is becoming a standard feature for giving the entrance an aesthetic look while also being a functional feature to mount accessories like the apartment number, doorbell, nameplate, milk and newspaper holder, etc.
Schueco has recently launched a thermally insulated ‘panoramic design’ series of sliding doors, ASE 67 PD, to complement its highly successful non-insulated panoramic series ASS 39 PD.NI. “Sliding doors enable larger sizes, weights, sleeker profiles and premium looks, including frameless designs desired by many architects and discerning buyers, while providing good thermal insulation,” explains Piyush Srivastava, National Façade Manager, Schueco India.
Door control systems, security and automation features like app-based operating mechanisms, Bluetooth Key features, face recognition, integration of slider and casement doors with glass railing in unitized façades are finding favour in the residential high-rise space, according to Srivastava.
Fenesta has recently launched state-of-the-art internal doors made of hybrid polymer that combine the aesthetics of wood and durability of polymer.