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A Home-owner’s Guide to Choosing Doors
A Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing Wooden Doors
When it comes to choosing doors for your home, wooden doors come out on top time and time again, and it’s easy to see why. They are long lasting, can be customised to your taste, and are designed to stand the test of time.
However, choosing the perfect wooden doors for your home is much more difficult than it may sound. Walk in to any showroom or visit any website and you’re faced with countless different options; oak doors, French doors, folding doors, oak French doors. Then you’re faced with the question of whether you want solid or glazed. If you want glazed, do you want them frosted or clear?
The seemingly endless array of options can make choosing the right doors for your home much more painful than it needs to be. So, to help you out, we’ve gathered a few of our top tips in this handy post to try and make the decision-making process just that little bit easier for you.
Buy the Best You Can Afford
Most wooden doors are available in two types; solid wood or hollow core. The hollow core doors are lightweight and easy on the pocket but they’re not as hardwearing or durable as solid wood doors.
If you’ve got a busy home with children and pets running around then you might find that hollow doors don’t last as long as you’d like them to. Although solid doors may cost a little more at the start, they will stand up to a great deal of abuse and, in the end, will demonstrate their worth over the years.
Picking the Right Style
Make sure you choose doors that compliment that style of your home. Whilst those ornate dark wood doors might fit in with your current décor obsession, but your doors are likely to be a permanent fixture in your home for years to come. With this in mind, you should try and choose doors in a neutral style so that they can stand the test of time if you change your décor or furniture.
Cherry and oak doors are a very popular choice as they will “fit in” with most styles and decors. Mahogany, whilst a unique shade that will stand out, is far less versatile but would look fantastic in a more traditional home. Whilst very light woods such as maple or poplar can be painted very easily, should the need arise.
Consider your Climate
One downside to wood is that as the weather gets hotter or colder, wood expands and contracts. This can result in doors that become “stuck” and are very difficult to open or close.
If you live in a particularly hot or humid climate you might want to choose doors with an engineered core. The construction of these doors is much more resistant to the types of weather than can cause bowing and warping.
If you live in a country were a hot and sunny day is a rarity, the solution is much simpler; invest in a dehumidifier – it will help your doors to return to their usual size whilst also making your home more comfortable to live in.
Find a Reputable Manufacturer
This is particularly important if you care about the environment. Not all manufacturers of wooden goods give much thought to their impact upon deforestation; however, a little research should reveal the details of those that do.
Keep an eye out for firms who encourage responsible sourcing, and you’ll be supporting companies who make sustainability a priority.