One of the important choices to be made when replacing your front door is the material used in construction. Each of the most popular construction types – UPVC, metal or hardwood front doors which comes in fire rated door– have their own individual strengths, and what is right for one property might not be right for another.
Your decision on which door to choose will probably involve a combination of:
The reasons for choosing UPVC are all valid, but more and more people are investing in real wood front doors as a focal point of their homes. The look and variety available in hardwood doors is unmatched by any other material – wood is arguably the most flexible building material available – and the range of possible designs far exceeds those of metal or UPVC alternatives.
The range of hardwoods in different colours and with unique grain effects, often combined with glass panels or metalwork, is a massive plus from a design perspective. Nothing catches the eye and wows visitors like a solid wood door made by a skilled craftsman. As wooden doors can also be altered and shaped easily it can often be tailored to your own specification without having to be specially ordered from the factory.
Although wooden doors have many benefits, it is usually the look that is the deciding factor – like a period property they have an authenticity and romance that is impossible to adequately replicate with anything else.
Most people would agree that a solid wood door also feels better in use than any of its counterparts. The weight and solidity of a door gives a feeling of quality and security (not many burglars relish taking on a solid hardwood door) and the warmth and texture of the wood are altogether more pleasant to touch than a plastic or metal equivalent. Over the lifetime of the door these things are important; like the pleasure of owning any luxury item.
Although hardwood front doors are at the luxury end of the market in terms of quality, the cost can be very reasonable – even comparable to a UPVC door. Over the lifespan of the product you may only ever change your front door once or twice if buying quality; over this length of time the possible cost of the extra investment in wood compared to artificial materials becomes negligible.
Due to its composition, wood is naturally a good insulator and highly effective at keeping the cold out. In addition to keeping in the heat, wood also provides excellent sound insulation, blocking a great deal of unwanted noise from entering your house – vital if you don’t want to be woken up by your neighbours coming in from a night out.
Maintenance and durability
A good quality hardwood front door will require a minimal amount of maintenance and if installed and treated with care you can expect it to last 25 years or more. UPVC doors, which are feted for their durability will offer a similar lifespan to this – whilst plastic doors do not rot, wear, tear and degradation of seals etc limit how long they will last.
Wooden doors are also capable of being repaired; wood is easy to work with and should a part of the door become damaged the chances are good that a joiner can fix or replace the problem area.
Wood is a natural product and doors made using wood from sustainable forests are a sound environmental choice. If you live in a conservation area or listed building you may find that planners insist on homeowners using traditional wooden doors and windows in any renovation.
Investing in a solid wood door for your home can increase the value of your property by increasing its ‘curb appeal’ and giving it a more luxury aesthetic than homes with the usual UPVC doors and windows. In our opinion a contemporary hardwood door with a stunning modern design cannot be matched for impact by anything else, and the feeling of quality when prospective buyer feel the solidity of a wooden door when entering your home will be likely to positively influence how they feel about the rest of the house.
Goodhill Enterprise (S) Pte Ltd was incorporated in 1973 and has 2 factories with covered areas totaling over 12,000 m2 allowing it to become a major player in Door Supplier Singapore. Goodhill specialises in Fire Rated Door, Wooden Doors, Bi Fold Door and Glass Door.
Types of Doors
There are many different types of doors available in the market, each with different aesthetics, property and price point. Each type of door is manufactured using different materials and techniques, thus have varying qualities such as fire rated or water resistance. The features, advantages and disadvantages are listed here to facilitate the selection process for business and home owners.
Traditionally, wood has been a popular mainstream choice for both Doors and Windows. Its main advantage is that it is widely available in the market and its material characteristics. However, there are many types of Wood to suit different usage of doors throughout the house.
1. Solid Core Doors
These doors are made of jointed laminated timber with added strength and durability. Fire-Rated doors can be made using a certified proprietary mix of solid core boards and laminates to withstand the different durations of a raging fire, a life-saving property that is often neglected. Designer Doors can also be made by applying a specially designed veneer over the Fire-Rated door or solid core door, giving it superior aesthetic qualities.
2. Merbau Doors
Merbau is long lasting and durable with beautiful natural wood grains. They are comparable to Teak but at a more affordable price. Merbau Doors is suitable for use as main doors as well as in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Merbau is highly resistant to termites and other beetles due to high mineral, oil and silica content.
3. Engineered Doors (Framed and Panelled Doors)
Engineered Doors (Frame and Panelled doors) are the most common type of door for domestic usage. The shutter panels out of timber, plywood, block board, hard board, etc. A number of designs can be made on the panels, thereby making such door quite decorative. Such doors have a flexibility of design which can look aesthetically pleasing. The design can be made according to the requirement and location in the house.
4. Classic Doors
A Classic door is a door made of plywood or Medium Density Fiberboard fixed over timber frame which is comparatively light. Classic doors are commonly provided within the interiors of the house as it looks pleasant while having a low price point, giving great value to the home owner.
Other Types of Doors
Polywood is a made with a blend of recycled plastic and wood, thus is highly resistant to corrosive substance, insects and will not rot or crack, therefore making it a highly recommended material for the construction industry in the form of panels and doors. With almost zero maintenance needed and the ability to last a life time, many has chosen Polywood Doors for their houses.
Doors for Wet Areas
There are several types of doors for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. As these doors need to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture, waterproof material such as aluminium and PVC are usually used. These doors may come with vents or bi-fold for better ventilation and easier access.