Wood had always been the first choice of people in old times while making furniture, doors and windows. Then came the time when heavy metal doors and doors made with fiberglass became popular. But as the saying goes “old is gold”, wood is back. Wood doors are gaining popularity again and are becoming the first choice for home owners.
A wood door has many benefits. To start with, it can be built to any shape and size. If you are moving into a house that has a slanting floor, wooden doors are the best options as they can be trimmed to fit the room. Wood has amazing insulation qualities. Due to the air pockets in wood, air is trapped in them and this allows wood to maintain temperature within the house. Winters can be extremely cold and room heaters may fail you, in case you have a metal door. But a wood door will keep you warm and fortified. These doors can also act as an accessory to the house. Beautifully crafted wooden doors are a treat to the eye especially if the main door of your house is embellished with intricacies. For those who believe in Vaastu Shastra, these are considered best as this study believes that any material with life brings good luck to the home.
There are a few things that you should consider before selecting a wood door. The most important thing is to determine the type of wood that you want to use for the door. Mahogany is considered the best option and excels in look and insulation. Pine is also one of the good options. While mahogany is expensive, pine is affordable. Before fitting, consider its shape and then select. You can also go for something that has intricate designs on the door. At times, there are metal embellishments that enhance the beauty of the door. Finally, research the prices. Wooden doors are generally expensive. So before anything else consider your budget.
Once you install, you must take the necessary steps to maintain it. With time, wood loses shine especially if it is exposed to harsh weather. In case of home exterior doors, it is common to see the shine of the door fading away. Get it polished at regular intervals. However, remember to clean the door and get rid of any dirt or stains before you polish.
Due to continuous exposure to rain, sun, wind and dirt, wood expands and cracks. In case of these expansions that are often seen during the rainy season, you might need to trim the excess wood so that you can open and close the door easily. You will also notice that a wood door has lost paint or has chipped off in a corner. Once you notice it, get it fixed by either painting that part or polishing it. Leaving a chipped part of a wood door unattended can increase the possibility of the door becoming weak.
Wooden doors definitely add charm and elegance to any interior. However, you need to maintain them for extended use.