Wood has been the traditional choice of raw material for doors for centuries. Widely available and easily worked into shapes, wood has been used in all kinds of construction projects. Its wide variety of pigmentation, its versatility and its natural beauty make wood the obvious choice of raw material when selecting a door design, whether for internal or external use.
It is fair to say, however, that wood can have some drawbacks in certain situations. The nature of its genetic composition means that it needs to be protected against attack, either by the prevailing climatic conditions, the environment it is exposed to in use, or even against attack by fungi or insects. However, all the drawbacks are easily overcome, as the wood used today in the manufacture of doors has been treated or dried to ensure that there are no fungal infestations or insect attacks.
It can be easily painted or stained to achieve virtually any color or pigmentation. It is not very difficult to maintain, but often receives bad press from steel, fiberglass and plastic competitors. However, compared to these alternatives, it is the only naturally renewable resource on the list, and therefore will remain as a raw material for door construction in the future.
Wood works as a natural insulator. When fitted properly, a wood exterior door keeps heat in and blocks cold out, and if used in combination with other materials within its core, such as foam or other heat-insulating material, it can offer even greater benefits for home comfort. It is warm to the touch and with proper protection and can be used in any weather condition, from the hottest to the coldest.
In addition, wood is naturally sound absorbent, so as an exterior door it can help keep out unwanted ambient noise from the outside of a property to create a more peaceful and homey atmosphere inside. Wooden doors also offer more versatility in terms of shape and size, as wood can be cut and shaped to fit square or non-standard openings much more easily than any composite material.
Wood is still the preferred material for doors. What has changed is the consumer’s focus on cost and ease of maintenance. Quality wood exterior doors can be expensive when compared to pre-fabricated alternatives and this is often one of the determining factors used by the buyer in making their decision.
However, it is interesting to note how many doors made of composite materials such as steel, fiberglass and plastic, are offered to the market with a wood grain effect and in finishes that attempt to reproduce real woods such as oak, mahogany, walnut or cherry. The suppliers of these products understand that the visual appearance of real wood is still very favourable to the end users, so they try to reproduce it in their offers.
When comparing doors made from different materials available, price is often a factor in the decision-making process. It is important to remember that there are a wide variety of prices available depending on the quality of the door that is ultimately required and the level of performance that is required to be achieved. It is important to keep this in mind during the selection process, as the costs of wood doors will vary greatly depending on the wood species used.
If a high level of performance is required along with longevity in use, then a hardwood species should be selected. Members of the mahogany and oak families will offer greater durability than, for example, certain pine species. Costs of finished goods will vary in the same way as for steel doors, where the gauge of steel used will have a considerable impact on the final selling price, while at the same time offering a wide range at the performance level of the product in use.
There are many door options available on the market today, but based on their heritage, good looks and home environment, wood doors will always have a place among the most demanding consumers.
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