How a Professional in Seattle Designs and Builds Custom Wine Cellars
Designing residential and commercial custom wine cellars in Seattle is not an easy job. Our team has encountered different challenges in some of our projects in Washington State. As an experienced designer and installer of custom wine cellars, we were able to face these problems and made our clients happy with the finished product!
Building Custom Wine Cellars in Seattle: What are the Typical and Serious Problems Faced by Designers and Installers?
Every project is different because every client has unique needs and requirements. Problems may arise unexpectedly. At Custom Wine Cellars Seattle, we have not encountered serious issues when building wine rooms. Some of the typical problems faced by most builders in designing and installing custom wine cellars are related to communication and scheduling.
For example, we shipped the wine racks, and our clients in Seattle were not there to receive the products, or no one was available to check and monitor our job for accuracy. Another example was when a homeowner had decided to change the racking style, material, or finish before completion.
We usually deal with these kinds of issues using our creativity and expertise in solving the problems that come our way before, during, and after the construction. Moreover, we recommend that you become more diligent when discussing your availability and preferences.
On the other side, most custom wine cellar builders may have experienced issues like condensation and mold growth.
Condensation: a Wine Storage Issue That Must Be Addressed Immediately
Custom Wine Cellars Seattle has been building wine rooms for many years, and we have not encountered condensation problems in any of our projects. It is because we know and understand how to prevent it from happening.
Possible Causes and Effects of Condensation in Custom wine Cellars in Seattle
Our team does not want condensation to happen in any of our projects because we care for you and your wines. Moisture build–up has adverse effects on your wines. It can cause mold growth on the cork and contaminate the wine.
Moreover, mold can also damage the wine labels and the structural integrity of your custom wine cellar. Therefore, you must work with a wine cellar designer and installer who has extensive knowledge of the proper construction of refrigerated wine rooms.
Condensation in your custom wine cellar can happen because of the following reasons:
- Not performing a heat load calculation
- Installing a wine cellar refrigeration system with the wrong capacity
- Not considering the amount of glass that will be used for the windows and doors
- Poor or lack of wine room insulation and vapor barrier
- Incorrect placement of the wine cellar cooling unit
- Your wine cellar cooling unit is not functioning properly
Heat Load calculation: Why is it Important in Building Custom Wine Cellars in Seattle?
Performing a heat load calculation is vital in building custom wine cellars. It is a process that should not be skipped or ignored because it plays a significant role in achieving the optimum wine storage conditions.
Keep in mind that Custom Wine Cellars Seattle always does this procedure to help us choose a wine cooling unit that suits the size and location of your wine room. It will allow us to determine the BTU (British Thermal Unit), which is affected by the location of your wine cellar, appliances, sun exposure, and other heat sources. We will also consider the amount of glass that will be installed.
If you installed a wine refrigeration system that has less capacity, do not expect to create the perfect environment in your custom wine cellar. There will be temperature fluctuations, which can result in wine spoilage.
Correct Wine Cellar Insulation of the Walls, Ceiling, and Doors in Your Custom Wine Cellar
Adding insulation and a vapor barrier are essential elements in wine cellar construction that are practiced by professional builders in Seattle. We will take these steps after framing your wine room and the completion of rough–in plumbing.
The vapor barrier will separate the wine cellar environment from the outside, preventing the warm air from entering the wine room. Moreover, insulating the walls, ceiling, and doors will also prevent air leakage. When done correctly, there will be no room for mold and mildew to grow inside your custom wine cellar. We recommend the polyurethane insulation because it can act both as a vapor barrier and as an insulator.
Using an exterior grade door will help keep the ideal wine storage condition in your wine room. When installing wine cellar doors, we equip them with weather stripping and an automatic door bottom. These sealing components will help prevent condensation. If you want a glass door, we will use thermally insulated glass panels.
Wrong Placement of the Wine Cellar Cooling Unit
Installing the wine cooling unit in the correct position is also crucial in creating the optimum environment required for your wine’s graceful aging. At Custom Wine Cellars Seattle, we always make sure that the fans are placed in a way that it will circulate the air inside your wine room.
Your Wine Refrigeration System is Not Working Properly
A malfunctioning wine cooling unit can be detrimental to your wine collection and can result in costly mistakes. If you observed any signs that your climate-control system is not working normally, you have to consult an HVAC specialist. At Custom Wine Cellars Seattle, we work with expert technicians like M&M Cellar Systems and US Cellar Systems.
Do not wait for minor problems to become bigger if you do not want to spend a hefty amount of money for the replacement or repair of your wine cooling unit.
Work with the Best Custom Wine Cellar Builder in Seattle
With many years of experience in the construction industry, Custom Wine Cellars Seattle will solve any challenges that may arise. We always see to it that we communicate with our clients and contractors to ensure that we are doing our job well. Our goal is to exceed your expectations! Need help? Contact us today at +1 (206) 792-9912!