Door Company Accuracy
A 1/16" variance is something you might notice or be overly sensitive to, but I can guarantee you that the customer won't. One way to deal with it is to order companion doors minus 1/32" on each, and along with adjustability, you'll be more than fine... Personally, if I were ordering doors, I would just short one of the companion doors 1/16" to cover myself and be done with it. One of the reality factors to deal with when outsourcing. That said, there are companies with very good reputations and excellent customer service (i.e. - will replace anything not happy with).
From contributor G:
I have used Cal door and Ciminos; both say + /- 1/16" . I have never had a variance door to door. All doors of same height or width are all the same. I believe that 1/16 variance is from your tape measure to theirs, and not door to door.
From contributor M:
Try ordering your doors in metric. We use Maplecraft doors and they are +-1/2 mm. This is a lot closer than +- 1/16". Also if you are getting doors the wrong size, why is it your problem? Get them to fix them. I have used Maplecraft for at least 20 years and I can only remember getting doors once that were wrong (other than my mistakes). They fixed the problems right away. I still ease all the edges though.
From contributor A:
The 1/16" is the margin of allowable error. It doesn't mean every door is incorrect. It's one of those save your butt contractual things. We've purchased from Conestoga, Meridean and Maplecraft. I can't remember getting one door that was off by more than 1/32". The vast majority (90%) of these doors are perfect in any measurable respect including size. If you are receiving doors from a company that are typically not accurate, it is that company's poor quality, not the industry as a whole.
From contributor J:
I buy my doors from cabdoor.com out of Salem, Oregon. They offer all their doors in metric and they sell to plenty of frameless shops throughout the Northwest. They offer finished doors also. One cabinetmaker I know does frameless and uses them. He likes 3mm between doors for adjustment for the minor size variations. I did one frameless job with RTF doors, and everything went perfectly. They're becoming one of the best door companies in the United States while still being priced in a reasonable price range.
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