Wine Cellar Windows and Doors

Securing your collection


If you have a window opening into your cellar, you might want to consider sealing it off, or using it to vent any cooling unit you might use for the space. Most windows are relatively inefficient insulators, generally having thermal leaks around the seals, and they obvious let unwanted light into your cellar.

The same goes for your doors, though I know we all love to be able to see and display our prized collections, even the best triple thermopane windows aren’t as good an insulator as a solid, well insulated door. Having said that, I admit to sometimes wanting a glass pane in my door, but the view that I am treated to each time I swing the door open and flick on the lights (they’re fluorescent, so at cellar temperatures the light comes on slowly and dramatically) is enough to banish such thoughts from my head!

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This article is part of a series on building your own wine cellar:

I.    Building Wine Cellar Walls
II.   Wine Cellar Vapor Barriers
III.  Wine Cellar Ceilings and Lighting
IV.   Wine Cellar Flooring
V.    Wine Cellar Windows and Doors

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  • Snooth User: kafka1970
    544878 16

    I've enjoyed this article so far but I was hoping for more detail on the door. I have a weird little "closet" in my basement, concrete, completely interior walls (the other side is earth and the pad for my garage. It will make a great little wine cellar. I don't think I have to insulate anything but the ceiling but I do need a door. Will you be posting more on cellar doors?

    Aug 31, 2010 at 9:25 PM

  • Snooth User: dvogel001
    442684 8

    I recommend using a door designed for the outside of your house (like your front door) that is already pre-insulated. I also got a door with a deadbolt to eventually lock out the teenagers in a few years.

    I think windows are a big waste, for the most part when I want to show off the wine cellar to anyone who really cares, we are going inside anyway. The nice thing if you do not put any windows in, is that the evenutal buyer of your house, if not into wine could convert into a darkroom, insulated band room for teenagers or simply climate controlled storage.

    Sep 01, 2010 at 1:29 AM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
    Hand of Snooth
    125836 6,205

    Good info (all the 'articles' taken together) on putting a cellar together. Not sure why they are so minutely segmented like this, though. Also not sure why you can't backtrack to the articles masterlist from these cellar pieces, but instead they fall within some unique 'wine cellars' category (and I have no idea where that would be located on the Snooth site map).

    You should also make clear that fluorescent lights aren't ideal for a cellar. They tend to emit more UV light than is desirable, especially if they're left on for lengthy periods by mistake. Not as bad as direct sunlight, but still not recommendable....

    Sep 01, 2010 at 5:45 PM

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