Are wooden doors the best choice?
choosing doors for your home, you will naturally give some consideration to wooden
versions, as they are still, seemingly, the most popular option.
Suitable for both interior and exterior doors, wood is a
fantastically malleable material and the advantages and disadvantages
are as follows:
timelessly beautiful and can be adapted to any style, while
retaining natural warmth.
maintained and treated regularly, they
should last a lifetime.
is generally considered to have universal aesthetic appeal.
doors are easy to personalise, with bespoke carpentry.
have natural insulation capabilities that other styles simply don’t.
is an energy efficient material and, depending on how it is sourced,
can also be sustainable and eco-friendly.
doors can be finished in a huge variety of ways, including being
painted, stained or varnished.
doors will require regular and thorough maintenance, to ensure no
rot ever sets in.
will always cost more in terms of interior and exterior door
designs, than other options.
Carpenters are specialist tradesmen and can charge a premium for their
types of wood are suitable for door construction?
deciding which wood you want for your doors, it is worth remembering
that only certain varieties will actually be suitable for exterior
doors. In general, the most popular and reliable wood types are:
Extremely durable, solid and able to weather shrinkage and swelling
issues well. Finishes are quickly absorbed and it can look as good
as new, for years.
Easy to work with, beautifully coloured and rot-resistant, this is a
far more lightweight wood.
Available in a myriad of colours, but notoriously hard to work with
and prone to insect damage. Better suited to interior doors.
Pale in colour and lightweight, this is a more delicate looking
wood, but does have resistance to rot and insect damage. Potentially
better for interior doors.
Very soft and easy to work with but with little to no structural
strength. Inexpensive to buy and only suitable for interior doors.
Very durable, solid and heavy, but easy to work with. Extremely good
resistance to rot and damage. This is one of the most popular
choices for front doors.
about security doors?
on where you live, or in what style of property, you might want to go
one step further with your door designs and consider security
installations. These are easy to come by and are most frequently
brought to life in the following guises:
A three-way door for entrances, which sees a wooden exterior,
sliding middle section and inner screen door.
For alleyways that lead down between terrace houses to bisected
gardens, a metal, lockable gate and subsequent wooden door is
An exterior mesh metal screen door that is secured, so that visitors
can be assessed before being allowed access to a property.
for wooden doors.
doors are generally hardy, but in order to get the most out of them
and keep them looking beautiful, you will need to care for them
specifically. Your interior and exterior doors will need different
types of care, but a good general schedule of maintenance will
include the following steps:
cobwebs whenever you are tackling general household dusting.
washing-up liquid and warm water to remove dirty scuff marks.
across the top of doorframes, to remove the build-up of grime.
wood polish to freshen up natural wood interior doors. Be sure to
polish your hardware at the same.
all wooden doors to air dry completely. You might want to turn up
the central heating a little bit, if cleaning in winter.
a year, top up your finish, whether that means a coat of stain,
paint or varnish.
are countless styles of doors to choose from, especially when you
consider that there are a variety of interior and exterior designs,
each of which can then fall under a specific aesthetic genre. Some of
the most popular options include:
Japanese sliding doors