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What Should I Consider When Buying a Solid Wood Door?

By M.R. Anglin
Updated May 16, 2024
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There are several things to consider before buying a solid wood door. Among the most important of these issues are the price of the door, the function of the door, and how much care you are willing to put into the door. All these things will affect the type of door that should be chosen to buy and install.

A solid wood door can be made up of one solid piece of wood, from stiles which are vertical panels of wood, or from rails which are horizontal pieces of wood. Since solid wood doors are made from wood, they tend to shrink and swell throughout the year. Making a door with stiles and rails reinforces the wood and helps to prevent the warping, swelling, and shrinkage.

The doors can get very expensive depending on what type of wood is used to make the door. For instance, solid hardwood is among the most expensive kinds of wooden doors. Solid wood doors are beautiful and are easily customizable with carvings or glass. It should be noted that adding a glass panel to the door increases the price.

The function of the door is also something that should be considered when buying a solid wood door. Solid wood doors can be used in both the interior and exterior of the home so the characteristics of the wood should be taken into account. A wood that is more weather durable should be used on an exterior door.

In addition, different types of wood have different colors and looks and that makes them ideal for customization. For that reason, different types of wood can be used on the interior to obtain a desired effect. They are also able to be painted and stained which further enhances the beauty of the wood.

A solid wood door does not provide as much insulation as a steel or fiberglass door. However, the door does stand up to storms and inclement weather well. The wood also has many tiny air pockets that provide some insulation. Exterior solid wood doors also have an extra benefit of being sturdy and heavy and that makes them good for security purposes. Kitchen cabinets can also be made from solid wood, however, the heat and moisture caused by cooking can cause the wood to warp.

The amount of care a person is willing to put into the door is also a factor that should be considered before buying a solid wood door. To further increase its durability and to prevent warping and cracking, look for a door that has a topcoat finish. The topcoat will seal the door and prevent moisture from getting into the wood. This prevents swelling and warping.

Generally, a solid wood door with a proper topcoat is low maintenance. Whenever the seal is broken or cracked simply touch it up. If a wood door is bought as an unfinished door, the buyer need only to find a good quality sealant. Paint will also help protect a wooden door.

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Discussion Comments
By Talentryto — On Jul 07, 2014

Another tip for anyone who is considering a solid wood door is to think about the side that will face the exterior of your home if it is going to be an entry door. Since this side will be exposed to sun, wind, snow, and rain, it will need more care than the part of the door that will face the interior of the home.

Frequent cleanings are a must to remove dirt and grime. In addition, whether you plan to paint your solid wood door or stain it, this will need to be done more frequently on the exterior side of the door to keep it looking fresh and attractive.

By Heavanet — On Jul 06, 2014

Before buying a solid wood door, you should also make sure that you get the right size and style to fit your doorway. Measuring both the space and the door is a good way to prevent getting the wrong type of door.

In addition, you should also make sure that the knobs and hinges on the door match your entryway. Don't just choose a solid wood door for its looks and beauty, but also for its functionality.

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