Choosing The Best Wooden Doors For Your HomeAngelique Laaks
Doors are more than just the sum of their parts. They may seem ordinary to most people, but, whether they’re made from wood, aluminium, uPVC or a composite, they can really set the tone for what to expect once you step through them.
This is particularly true for front doors. They form a significant part of the first impression people have of your home. This is why choosing the material for your doors – both internal and external – shouldn’t be an arbitrary, purely cost-based decision. It’s also why wooden doors really are the ideal choice. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also have a host of functional benefits too.
Benefits Of Wooden Doors
One of the first thing you notice about well-made wooden doors is how beautiful they are. They are made using real craftsmanship, and this is obvious in the quality of their manufacture and their appearance. No two pieces of wood are ever the same, so you know you’re going to get a unique door that can be tailored specifically to your unique tastes. Because wooden doors come in so many different wood varieties and can be stained, carved, painted and shaped pretty much however you like, they are guaranteed to fit your home perfectly.
Wooden doors are also incredibly strong, giving you a comforting layer of security. In addition, they are durable, easy to maintain and repair, and very reliable. Wood is also a great natural insulator, keeping warmth in and noise out better than most other materials. And of course, as long as you choose wood from a sustainable source, it’s also environmentally friendly.
Wooden Doors: Solid or Engineered?
When choosing a wooden door, the first thing your carpenter or joiner is likely to ask is whether you want solid wood or engineered wood.
What’s the difference?
Engineered doors are comprised of an inner and outer layer. The inner layer is made of a less expensive piece of wood, while the top or outer, layer (referred to as a veneer) is made from a far more attractive, and expensive piece of wood. Because the amount of expensive wood used is far smaller than with a solid door, engineered doors are usually cheaper.
Accoya Wood is another type of engineered wood that has been specifically adapted to the demands of modern homes. Originally a softwood, Accoya undergoes a cell modification process to help increase its UV resistance and strength, and create a natural barrier for insects. It still looks like wood but has clever, modern improvements.
Solid wood doors, on the other hand, are, as their name implies, made from one single piece of wood. Occasionally they might also be made of several pieces of the same wood glued together to create one solid construction.
So, which one is best for your home?
Visually, there’s not much in it, and both doors have their advantages. Solid wooden doors are easier to repair if needed, but engineered doors are less likely to warp, and are usually more thermally efficient.
If you’re uncertain, chat to an expert carpentry or joinery company, who will be more than happy to advise you.
What’s The Best Type Of Wood For A Solid Wooden Door?
This depends largely on whether you’re looking for interior or exterior doors.
For front doors, and other doors leading to the outside, oak is probably the most popular choice. It’s grown right here in the UK and is loved by manufacturers, suppliers and installers alike. Two of its best properties are its incredible strength and longevity. And, because it’s grown locally, it is less expensive than other, imported hardwoods.
Oak has been used extensively for hundreds of years – and not just for doors! In the ninth and tenth centuries, the Vikings used it for their longboats as it is waterproof. It also has high tannin levels, making it extremely resistant to fungus and insects. There are different types of oak available – usually classified according to their colour. So check with your door manufacturer to see which one would be best for your front door.
Mahogany is another popular wood for front doors for several reasons – it’s ideal for humid or very wet climates, as it’s stability makes it resistant to rot. In addition, it’s hardness and thickness made it extremely durable.
For internal doors and cabinetry, cherry and maple wood are popular. Cherry has a smooth texture and fine grain which take to staining very well, while maple, with its characteristic stripes, swirls and folds, makes a striking choice. Walnut is another popular choice, although again, it’s usually better for interior doors as it’s very porous. To use it for a front door would mean having to coat it with layers of lacquer and other preservatives to prevent water damage.
At Merik, we’ve been offering specialised carpentry and joinery services for over 30 years. Not only can we create a bespoke solution for you, but we can also replicate existing carpentry, such as church windows or antique doors.
Let’s chat about what you’re looking for in a wooden door, and how we can make sure you get it.