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Timber Doors – Benefits & Costs
Solid timber doors are considered the most stylish option and look great on both modern and older properties. Designed to be hard-wearing, timber doors are finished so that they should be able to cope with the changing conditions of the UK climate.
One thing to bear in mind if you choose a timber front door is that it will require some maintenance to make sure it stays in top condition throughout its lifetime.
Solid and hollow core timber doors
Internal timber doors made from timber can be either solid or hollow core, whilst exterior doors tend to be solid for increased durability. Solid doors are made from hardwood or softwood which is constructed from a number of separate panels and trimmed to size to fit the opening. Hollow core doors usually consist of a core made up of a honeycomb construction and whilst they lack the strength of solid doors they are cheaper.
Benefits of timber doors
The biggest benefit of external timber doors is its aesthetic appeal. You can choose to showcase a timber doors natural beauty or use a varnish or paint to achieve your desired colour. You will likely need to re-paint or treat a wooden door every few years, but this is a small price to pay for the visual effect it will give. With the right treatment, a timber door can have the longest lifetime of any door material.
If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your home, a timber door can be a great choice. Some installers will use wood from sustainable sources, and at the end of its life you can recycle your timber door – further reducing your environmental impact.
Cost of timber doors
The cost of bespoke timber doors will depend on a few factors, with the biggest being the choice between solid or hollow core. You will then need to consider the size, style and accessories you might want – choosing a painted timber door may also push up the cost. In comparison to aluminium and uPVC a timber door will inevitably cost more, however it may add more value to your home if you decide to sell it.
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