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Cold Room Doors

Anyone know where I can find a supplier who could provide and install an insulated metal door for my basement cold room?
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We have a newly excavated cold room in our basement which needs a door. The rough opening is 32", which means we can fit a 30" cold room door.

It's been hard finding a supplier that can provide a 30" metal door. I searched HD and no avail.
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Why do you need metal?? We have wood and it is fine.
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I was told wood may rot due to potential moisture and mould issues with a cold room. How long have you had the wood door for your cold room? And where did you get the door from?
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Surely any exterior door found in your favourite hardware store will fit the bill? It keeps the cold out of your home. These are metal clad and insulated. A food store type door would need to be made to order as those usually are much wider to accommodate the product.

Many home improvement stores can and will arrange installation too.
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I have a insulated heavy wood door for cold room.
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I also have a regular wooden door and no drafts come through on my cold room, had to get it specially made due to the size though from a local wood shop
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30” doors are available via in-home installs from Lowes or Depot. I think Lowes carries one 30” in stock but I dont recall for sure. A proper steel door with jambs, weather stripping etc is recommended.
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misskaren wrote: I was told wood may rot due to potential moisture and mould issues with a cold room. How long have you had the wood door for your cold room? And where did you get the door from?
Yep, wood here too. 30 years and no problems with mold.
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Grandma's house built in the 60s - original wood door on the cold seller lol
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Those wood doors you guys have are probably cedar doors and not as efficient as a steel door. Wood is R1 per inch =r2 vs a steel door at R7-11 ish
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Same, 17 years and counting.
Smiley22 wrote: I have a insulated heavy wood door for cold room.
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Recently bought an energy star rated one from home depot. If you are just browsing online their website is crap I had to visit the store to see what products they actually had.
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My coldroom door was installed 1970; still perfect condition. Insulating value is probably not spectacular though, so a steel door potentially has that advantage.
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misskaren wrote: I was told wood may rot due to potential moisture and mould issues with a cold room. How long have you had the wood door for your cold room? And where did you get the door from?
How many years before it rots? If you have the room insulated properly and its surroundings cleaned before installation .... rotting would be a NON ISSUE. Overthinking is your issue. Besides ... metal doors in a basement is totally unnecessary unless you have a separate entrance to the basement.

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It's all about keeping things in good condition and taking care of your stuff. It lasts longer. My mom's place has a wooden door to the cold cellar in the basement ... 29 years and counting and no rotting ... in Markham.

A metal door would rust over time if you do not take care of it and the rust would appear much faster than wood rotting.
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Lots of front doors out there from the 60s that are cedar and still in use. Does that mean you should replace a front door with a cedar door today? Of course not... just because something was done in the past and “I never had any problems with it” does NOT mean it’s recommended today. Are you guys putting asbestos and knob and tube wiring in your renovations?

Today you would put a steel door on a cold room. End of thread.
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Also wood here - not even painted on the cold side. 30+ years and is as good as new.
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I have a 30 year old home in Markham with a wood cold cellar door. Nothing wrong with it.

Even new builds use wood doors for the cellar. You can tell the builder to put in a steel door but it's gonna cost you more than you doing it yourself.

To each his own. Whatever that rocks your boat.

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