Self builders will always have to weigh up a number of factors when selecting materials for their self build projects whether they be cost, quality, aesthetic value and practicality these decisions can have a huge bearing on the finished outcome.
In this article I explain why I believe one product decision deserves special attention, and why cheap and cheerful isn’t always the best route when it comes to exterior doors.
The design and material of a door is an important facet of the overall decor. A door plays a pivotal role in homes and hence should fulfil its purpose. The purpose of the door is to safeguard the house in the case of external doors or keep heat or maintain privacy in an internal environment. Because of this the material you choose will need to stand up to the intended task. Such a material is Oak.
Solid oak doors are fantastic in many ways. Although you will find many other options in the market like UPVC doors and cheap engineered doors, neither are as purposeful and rigid as the solid oak door. Below I explain the top 5 reasons for selecting a solid oak door.
- Life span: Solid Oak Doors are far stronger than cheaper UPVC and Engineered Doors. These doors stand the test of time. If correctly treated solid oak doors should last a lifetime providing years of solid service. This obviously has a knock on effect when moving forward as the door will still be in use long after a cheaper alternative has been replaced.
The reason is that cheap material doors perforate easily, UPVC and engineered doors can bow within a few years as the internal hollow cavity expands and contracts with the changing seasons.
- Rigidity: Solid Oak Internal and External doors are less likely to chip, crack or dent like other doors. If this does happen then there is no hollow cavity meaning any dent stays as a small dent and doesn’t build to become a hole over time. When installed with the right set of hinges and hardware, a solid oak door will hold up against rough use as well as potential accidents.
- Internal Core: Non Solid Oak Doors either have open gaps in the internal core or cheap filler is used, which is not as solid as that of an Oak door. Why is the internal core important? It is essential as it defines the strength of the door and therefore the rigidity of it. A solid internal core is also essential for resistance against burglary and fire.
- Customising: Solid Oak Doors offer a blank canvas to work with. The raw door would look great as it is but with the option to paint it in the colour of your choice the possibilities are endless. If you prefer the original beauty of the door then you always have the option to finish it with a clear varnish or oil to get the perfect door.
- Beauty and aesthetic value: The solid oak door product can be ordered in both traditional and contemporary styles to suit any home. These doors add a lush appeal and enhance the value of the decor of your home. You can choose between the rugged appeal of a rustic oak door which contains knots and character in the grain or prime grade which offers the use of clear and crisp boards.
Solid oak doors provide a wealth of choices allowing you to achieve the perfect finishing touch to your specific interior or exterior, however what makes this is even better is the fact that you are investing in a quality product with a great lifespan that will serve you for many years to come.
Author Bio: Liam Pettinger works for Heritage Doors and Floors LTD, manufacturers of Solid Oak Flooring, Solid Wood Internal and External Doors and Stair Parts. For more information on their range of solid oak doors please visit www.theheritagecollection.co.uk