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Your Wooden Door Options

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For many people, wood is definitely the material of choice for doors. Wooden door are for those who like their interiors to have a natural feel will tend to enjoy having plenty of wood around, be it in their furniture, roof beams, or even wood-effect wallpaper.

While it is possible to have a laminate door that looks like wood, for some there is nothing to compete with the real thing. A natural, insulating material that has been tried and trusted for millennia, it can be solid or as a veneer, with endless possibilities, including lighter and darker looks, more knots or less and a range of different grains.

Having decided wooden door are what you want, the question then is which wood to go for. The good news is there are many options, which means you can choose according to taste and match up the door with whatever other wooden furnishings or fittings you may have.

Oak – Most Commonly for Wooden Door

Oak is the most common and popular. A classical hardwood, it is beautiful in appearance, quintessentially British, very traditional material and it looks wonderful.

The only downsides of oak occur when it is used in external doors, as the effects of weathering can cause discolouration. Although the material still has other strong qualities like a high resistance to rot, as might be expected for a tree that thrives in our damp climate.

It is unlikely that the rot issue would apply to any interior door – unless you have a serious damp problem – but the controlled environment of a home will ensure that discolouration is not an issue.

However, oak is not the only hardwood option and it is worth at least considering alternatives. These include elm, beech, mahogany and walnut. Some of these are imported rather than traditionally British. But all can bring out the rustic charms of natural wood so that even a veneer can look natural.

Mahogany Comes With Dark Reddish-Brown

Mahogany can be particularly stylish, usually coming in a dark reddish-brown. It offers a fine grain look and is very resilient, which is why it can be used either indoors or out. The only major downside is the wood tends to cost more as it is a product in relatively limited supply. It does tend to get darker over time, but when it starts off a rich dark colour anyway that is not such a big issue.

An alternative to the hardwoods is to use softwood, like pine. Softwoods are not much used for external doors because they don’t cope well with the weather, but once again this is not an issue inside the house.  

Moreover, pine offers a great option if you like pale wood. Available with lots of knots and grains or with very few markings, pine works well in a room with a light, spacious environment, such as a kitchen that has large windows and plenty of natural light coming in.

Just as there are different types of trees to admire outdoors. So each kind of wood offers its qualities when used in internal wooden doors. All of them convey a rich sense of natural beauty. While the wide array of choices means there will be something suitable for just about any home.