FAQs

logoWhat finishes and colors do you offer?

We offer a number of high-quality finishes or will provide a primed unit for you to apply a painted top coat. If you want your unit sanded and ready for you to finish, we can do that too. Please see our Finishes page.

What kinds of finish do you use and how many coats?

For stained interior doors and windows we apply the stain coat and 3 coats of catalyzed lacquer. For our exterior units, we apply the stain coat and 3 coats of catalyzed polyurethane. Our interior and exterior primed units receive a white, alkyd-based primer which can be top-coated with either a latex or oil-based paint. Please see our Finishes page for stain colors.

What are your standard mullion sizes?

By mullions, we mean the wood pieces that hold glass panels together. Our mullions are 1 1/2″ wide. Of course we can provide widths to meet your specific design needs – just ask us. Please see our Technical Info page for sizes and profiles.

What is stave core construction?

Stave core provides the most stable, longest-lasting, solid wood door construction. The stiles and rails are made up of 1 1/8″ thick pieces of wood, glued together and then veneered with the species of your choice. Please see our Technical Info page for a typical cross-section.

How many species of wood do you offer?

We offer any specie available on the market. However, we specialize in African Mahogany, which is an excellent choice for both beauty and durability. Domestic wood species include cherry, walnut, white oak, red oak, ponderosa pine, chestnut, poplar, etc… For our African woods, please see our Lumber page.

How difficult is it to maintain wood doors and windows?

Your Starke Millwork Inc. doors and windows have been manufactured to last for years. As for any piece of wood, the finish requires periodic maintenance to keep it looking its best and to protect the wood from the elements.

How well do wood doors and windows hold up?

As long as your unit is properly finished and maintained regularly, our wood doors and windows will last as long as your home or business.

How long does it take to get a door or window?

Typical lead times range from 6 to 8 weeks. Production and delivery times will vary based on the number, type and complexity of the units. Please call us and we will do whatever is possible to ensure your order is delivered in a timely manner.

How long does it take to get moulding?

Typical lead times range from 1 to 2 weeks. Production and delivery times will vary based on the footage. Please call us and we will do whatever is possible to ensure your order is delivered in a timely manner. Please see our Mouldings page.

What hardware do you supply?

We provide Hager hinges for our interior and exterior doors in the finish of your choice. For exterior doors we supply either Accurate sectional, ADA saddles in either bronze or aluminum, or Schlegel Hydrosill thresholds in aluminum. We use Q-LON weather stripping in either brown or white. For twin doors, we will install astragals and either flush bolts or GU 3-point security locks. We will install other hardware of your choice, including mail slots, specialty hinges (SOSS, RIXSON, etc…) to meet your design requirements.

Do I buy from you directly or from a retailer/distributor?

We sell our products directly to our customers to ensure you get our great products and services at exceptional prices.

Do you have doors, windows and mouldings in stock?

No we don’t. We make everything to order.

What is the ordering process?

Give us a call and tell us what style, size and wood species you want. We will provide a quote, and once we agree on the price, then we will draw up detailed shop drawings for your review and approval. Once approved, we will begin the manufacturing process.