Solid Wood Doors Add Beauty And Security To The Home
by HDME Staff
Are solid wood doors a worthy investment? One feature that many people take for granted when they are looking to buy an existing home is the doors. This is only natural, as the doors are what they are unless one buys the home and decides to change them.
However, those who are building a home have a great deal to consider when deciding on doors, both interior and exterior. Solid wood doors are a good choice in both places because they add beauty and security to the home.
Solid wood doors for entry ways are normally fashioned of hardwood such as oak. These are quite heavy and are very difficult to break compared to other options. In addition, they are often hand crafted and can be created with any pattern one desires carved into the wood to make it a truly custom door.
It has become a growing trend to have interior doors built from two pieces of thin veneer with only a grid of corrugated cardboard between them to hold the shape and thickness of the door. These are quite flimsy and a strong person could easily put his fist through one.
Solid wood doors within the home interior are fashioned from a variety of woods so that one can choose the exact grain, color, and texture that is desired to accent the home's interior. These doors are much heavier than the hollow core doors that many use and they cost more. However, the benefits of having solid wood doors, even as interior doors make them well worth the extra money.
There are many more options available when considering solid wood doors. It is not uncommon to have louvers put into closet doors and a select few other interior doors to allow for freer air flow inside the home.
One may also choose to paint the doors in any color that is desired. It is not at all uncommon to see solid wood interior doors that are painted one color on one side to match that room and another color on the other side to match that room. This sort of mix and match color is not as easily accomplished with anything less than solid wood doors.
From a security standpoint, it would be best if all the doors in a home were solid wood. This would create a much stronger barrier between the home's occupants and potential harm in the event someone were to break into the house. It should at least slow them down enough to allow the family to escape out a window.
The Big Question for YOU!
What type and style of solid wood door are you seeking and why? And if you've purchased solid wood doors before, tell us about your experience and any lessons learned from buying or installing it.