It is undeniable that wood holds a certain classic appeal that harks backs to an era that valued quality.
Reasons to choose Wooden Doors:
- Wood creates an atmosphere of warmth, and is able to insulate heat naturally, making it eco-friendly and energy efficient
- Because its timeless elegance, it has the potential to stand the test of time
- The property of wood is its ability to be moulded, and carved into customised pieces, which can then be applied to different types of wood surfaces.
Reasons to not choose Wooden Doors:
- For Wooden Doors to retain their beauty, it has to be subjected to a systematic preservation process to preserve its upkeep. This means sanding, varnishing, and/ or painting on a regular basis.
- Natural wood is significantly more expensive than its cost-effective alternatives such as steel and aluminium, particularly after the refinement process or having the product treated through glazing, painting or varnish.
Redwood is able to withstand a range of problems associated with wood products; it ages well, and does not warp or shrink, and its properties allow for it to take easily to paint and other processes that would otherwise see you treating it more regularly.
Douglas Fir is known for its strength, and is lightweight. It is resistant to deterioration, and is easy to work with. Douglas Fir wood is light brown with hints of red and yellow.
Maple has susceptible to insect infestation, and is difficult to work with.
Poplar wood is lightweight, moderately durable, and easy to work with, is represented by a light cream to yellowish brown colour, sometimes with streaks of grey durable and although it could potentially become a breeding ground for insects, taking prevented measures, and getting to work at the first sign of infestation should preserve the integrity of your Poplar wood.
Pinewood is cost efficient because it is available in abundance, however, it is lightweight to the point that it is weaker than other woods, and due to this malleability, it is easiest to work on, whether you select it in hard or soft wood.
Oak wood is available in a light brown colour, and is the strongest and most durable material from which to fashion a door. It is easy to work with, and is resistant to decay.
Having decided on a wooden front door, the choice of door you select should tie in with the style of your home.
Classic: features a door made up of wood panels, and stained glass that may be bevelled.
Contemporary: one-piece, monolithic, with a pair of small square windows in asymmetrically placed, chocolate tone.
Traditional doors: have glass inserts, coloured glass, and, scrollwork alongside raised panels.
Craftsman’s doors: made of wood, feature either stained glass at the top, or a window above the frame of the door.
Rustic doors: made of wood hold a rugged appeal, and are finished off with metal rivets embedded into the wood.
Arched doors: featured in Indian, Muslim, Mexican and Persian architecture, employ carving performed by expert craftsman.
Be bold in your choice of front door; although there are a variety of design options to choose from, don’t discount the eclectic:
Asiatic design: includes influences from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, and other Eastern countries, and emphasises the symbolism of the articles within a sparsely-populated home. It draws on placement of these symbolic items throughout your home to create a positive energy and balance. Use of natural elements is key, and is evident in the use of materials and colours that exist in nature. It focuses on a flowing aesthetic that should continue throughout your home. Wood features prominently due to its link to nature, and even the colour of your walls determine your space. With an Asiatic design influence in mind, consider hanging a wind chime outside your wooden front door, and perhaps constructing a rock garden or water feature to create spacial serenity.
Scandinavian design: originated in the Northern European countries, of Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and Norway, and is based on the principle of ‘functional beauty that is affordable’. It employs low-cost materials, such as firm-pressed wood, plastic, and aluminium. A Scandinavian front door would be a modular piece of pine, with a painted finish in a light shade.
Colonial style: front door design sees a dark-coloured, arched door, decorated with the mosaic-style design of ‘marquetry’, where small pieces of wood are inlaid into the surface.
If a more decorative front door appeals to you, but you are wary of the daunting task of having it hung, contact professional carpenters.
Safety is a principle concern when selecting your door, but there are various security options to consider irrespective of the door you choose.
- Triple protection: sees the outer doors being made of wood, a middle featuring a single section of sliding grills, and the inside doors being made of glass.
- Different spaces call for different security options; to protect the entrance of a terrace install a metal grill in front of a wooden door. This also works well for exit points such as the backyard of the house, to thwart criminal activity. To prevent insects from entering the sanctity of home attach a layer of mesh to form a screen door.
- The benefit of hanging a glass door outside of your wooden door, is that you are able to see who it is that is requesting entry into your home.
Having bought and decorated the home of your dreams, keep it in tip-top shape by ensuring your home is clean and fresh.
Step One: Inspect the door for dust and cobwebs, and dust regularly, with a soft cloth duster.
Step Two: Moisten a soft sponge in a mixture of mild detergent in hot water.
Step Three: Use the sponge to clean around the edges.
Step Four: Soak a cloth in mineral spirits (paint thinners), and rub it onto the entire surface of the wooden door to remove any further dirt, grime, and build up.
Step Five: Apply a good quality furniture polish onto the whole surface of the door.
Step Six: Using a clean, dry cloth, wipe the surface dry.
Step Seven: It is imperative that you allow the wood dry completely, particularly when you move on from one step to the next.
Step Eight: Invest in a recommended wood stain and apply it as directed.
Step Nine: Pay close attention to the door fixtures as well. Shine brass handles, brush door-to-wall hinges from any dust and debris that may have accumulated, oil screws and hinges, and regularly check the door for damage in the form of scratches, splinters and/ or warping.