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With appropriate care and maintenance, our doors and accessories are designed to provide years of reliable service.
To keep it in the best possible condition, please follow the simple guidelines below.  Please note your guarantee may be adversely affected if used for non-general domestic environments. Please see the Terms & Conditions outlined in our Pricelist for details of the guarantee.

Ensure that all new-builds or newly plastered rooms have been left to environmentally stabilise prior to the installation of new doors. Doors must not be installed in a damp, or moisture-rich environment as it will cause undesirable movement in the joints and panels of the door. A hygrometer should be used to assess conditions.


To help minimise any potential damage to the kitchen whilst you are installing it, please read and adhere to the following instructions and recommendations:


  • We would advise that you make an initial check to confirm that you have the correct quantity and size of fascias; you can do this by referring to the labels attached to the outer packaging.
  • Ensure that you fully inspect each individual fascia prior to attaching the hinges. Claims for damage to the fascia will not be accepted after the hinges have been attached.
  • Do not stack the doors on their ends on any hard surface; this can cause chipping and scratching along the edge of the fascia, especially on the handle edge of ranges with an integral handle. Prior to fitting, the fascias should be stored flat, ensuring that they are not resting on any dirt or debris that may damage or mark the finish.
  • Take extreme care when stacking the fascias with hinges attached to ensure that the hinges do not mark other fascias. Do not lean the fascias against one another, or against any surface without proper protection in-between.
  • You should take extreme care not to put the door down with excessive force on any edge, especially the handle edge, as this will cause crushing/impact damage on these edges.
  • If the fascias are attached to the carcase, then you should carefully remove the fascias by unclipping the hinges and storing these flat in a clean safe environment away from your working area, utilising the packing materials from the units.
  • Take extreme care when unpacking the fascias and do not use sharp blades to cut away the packaging.
  • Where cutting/scribing décor panels and trim, you must use a sharp quality saw blade of the appropriate grade for fine-cutting, or a suitable router. Small chips can appear along the cut-edge, and so extra care must be taken to minimise the risk of chipping. Using a blunt or inappropriate saw blade will produce a poor finish, and this will not be covered by the guarantee.
  • All cut edges should be sealed against moisture ingress using a suitable water-resistant sealant/adhesive prior to installation.
  • When attaching the hinges, place the fascia face down on a soft, clean surface, ensuring that there is no grit, sawdust or other matter underneath that can damage the surface of the fascia whilst the hinges are attached. It is good practice to place a sheet of clean cardboard between the fascia and the flat surface prior to attaching the hinges.
  • If the hinges are ‘knock-in’ type. Use a rubber mallet to knock the hinges into the fascia without using excessive force.
  • Once the hinges have been attached to a door, hang the door on the unit straight away to avoid damage. Do not stack the doors with the hinges touching other doors, as this can cause scratches or marks to the other fascias.
  • On Painted Products – Any fine chips along the cut edge should be smoothed with a fine grade sandpaper prior to fitting.
  • All trims are supplied in long lengths and need to be cut down on site, using the appropriate tools.
  • When fitting the plinth, ensure that you check the dimensions of any adjacent appliances. On occasion, the plinth may need to be pulled forward to ensure that it clears the front of the appliance. This can be achieved by fitting blocks using off-cuts to the rear of the plinth prior to attaching the plinth clips, to step the plinth forward from its normal position.
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