Is a Wooden Front Door Right for You?

Are you wondering which material you should select for your external doors? Would like to know the strengths and weaknesses of different door materials? Read on and learn about the pros and cons of a wooden external door. 

The Benefits

They are very durable. Wooden doors can last for a very long time if they are given the right maintenance (such as regular painting or staining to protect them from the elements). You may have noticed that many old homes still have the wooden doors that were installed when those homes were built. That is a testament to the durability of wooden external doors.

They are very beautiful. Doors can be made from different kinds of wood such as mahogany and cedar. Each of those lumber types has its own distinctive texture and grain colour. Those natural attributes of wood can be enhanced by treatments such as staining to produce very beautiful external doors.

The doors can be refinished or repaired easily. You can also alter the finish of your wooden external door without damaging the material. For instance, you can sand the door to give it an antique finish if it was previously stained. It is also very easy to change the door fixtures (such as locks), unlike in other materials like PVC that may be damaged once the factory-installed lock is tampered with.

They are made from sustainable materials. Wooden doors are environmentally friendly because the lumber from which they are made can be re-grown. This is a big benefit for people who are concerned about the sustainable use of resources.

The Shortcomings

They are expensive. Solid wood doors may be the most expensive external doors available. This is because the old growth lumber from which they are made is very rare to find. Thus, you may have to dig deeper into your pocket in order to install these doors in your home.

They can easily succumb to the elements. Wooden external doors can absorb moisture when it rains. This can make them warp, cup or rot. You need to be very particular about maintaining these doors in order to save them from being damaged by the elements.

Weigh the pros and cons above before you make a final decision. You can also consult a supplier or installer of external doors for additional information that may help you in deciding whether a wooden external door is the best choice for you.