When you think about home doors, wood is probably the first material that pops into your head. For centuries, people have been making doors out of wood and using them for all kinds of purposes. From front doors to garage doors to basement doors and more, wood is a go-to material for many homeowners.
The solid construction of wood makes it one of the best options for safety and for wear and tear; it’s dent-resistant and proves to be long-lasting. In addition, wood provides a rich, classy look that is hard to duplicate in other door materials like fiberglass or steel.
There are thousands of tree species around the world and many of these can be used for wood doors, but which one is the best for your home? Our window specialists can help.
Hardwoods come from deciduous (or leaf-baring) trees and while hardwoods are usually harder than softwoods, there are some exceptions. Some of the most popular hardwoods used for doors include: Cherry, Hickory, Alder, Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, and Poplar. Each of these woods has a different color and a different grain pattern. For example, poplar is usually very light in color while walnut is usually very dark.
Softwoods come from conifer (cone-bearing) trees as opposed to deciduous trees. Some of the most popular softwoods for doors include: Hemlock, Pine, Douglas Fir, Spruce, and Juniper. These woods typically have a wider (or less noticeable) grain than hardwoods, and are often less expensive than hardwoods.
While hardwoods are a more popular choice than softwoods for doors, which you choose depends on your budget, your taste, and your color intentions (if you’re going to paint or stain the door, some woods are better to choose than others).
While you probably aren’t thinking about what your door will smell like, it’s something to take into consideration. Some woods (including many softwoods) produce a stronger odor than others, and those who are sensitive to smells may be irritated by it.
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