Deciding what door to have on your house can be a very big, and stressful choice when designing a house. For many people, a door is an external focal point of their home and the first thing that people will see.
When designing your entrance and internal doors, an important decision you will have to consider is the material you would like them to be.
There are many great options present in the market; however, most customers tend to gravitate towards wooden or PVC doors. In recent years, PVC doors have become favoured over wooden doors due to their modern look, however, PVC doors aren’t necessarily the most reliable door of choice.
In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 advantages of having a wooden door, and why it should be considered above a standard PVC door.
A popular misconception about timber doors is that they are not a cost-effective investment to make, when PVC doors are available at a more affordable price.
Although this can be true when you initially purchase your door with PVC doors ranging from £250-£500 and wooden doors pricing at a maximum of £1,800, from a long-term perspective a wooden door can prove to be more cost efficient.
The average life span of a PVC door can range from 10 to 30 years, compared to a wooden door’s potential lifespan of over 100 years if correctly cared for and maintained. This maintenance usually involves re-painting and treating the wood every 3-5 years to avoid any cracks or warping and does not usually take a large amount of time.
When comparing the cost of replacing your PVC door potentially every decade to the minimal cost of treating your wooden door every few years, a wooden door can be a more cost-effective choice.
2. Durability and Security
Wooden doors are also extremely durable. The timber used for most entrance doors is extremely thick and therefore is a lot stronger than the plastic used for PVC doors.
Although many modern PVC doors are now designed with an internal multi-chamber interior, increasing the density of the door, the bulk of a wooden door will always be greater, and therefore of a better quality. All of this contributes to your new door sitting flush within your existing home, and you feeling safe within it.
The wood we use here at Timber Windows is specially engineered timber, designed to avoid warping that will ensure the sturdiness and durability of your door, making it long lasting and secure in your home.
3. Thermally Efficient
If you are conscious about your energy bills, a timber door could be extremely beneficial for you.
Wooden doors are a considerably better insulator than PVC doors due to the amount of air pockets present inside of them, which allow heat to be held within the door rather than being transferred to a different source.
Therefore, the installation of a wooden door will help to warm your home quicker and maintain that heat for a longer period. As already mentioned, to ensure this type of efficiency, a wooden door must be treated continuously every few years to avoid warping, rotting and cracking, which can decrease its insulating potential.
Further, when comparing a wooden door against a PVC door aesthetically, a wooden door can provide a more natural, authentic look to your home.
Cottage style homes are becoming increasingly popular presently, and a wooden stable door can help to give your home this effect and in turn, provide it with a lot of personality.
On the other hand, PVC doors, because of their modernity can often look very flat and lifeless, and thus unable to bring any character and excitement to your home.
Timber doors often come in a variety of options too. This choice ranges from overall design, paint colour and style of wooden door, all of which helps in making your door bespoke and synchronous with the rest of your home.
PVC doors in comparison, because of how new they are, do not allow for as much movement in any of these areas and therefore usually come with a standard design in limited colours.
Further, wooden doors can often be more suited to a wider range of properties, opposed to PVC doors. Whether your home is traditional or modern, a wooden, cottage style door can elevate your home.
PVC doors alternatively can often look out of place when installed in older, more traditional homes.
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Choosing the perfect door for your home is an essential decision to consider when designing or re-designing your home, as it provides any visitor with the first impression of what to expect inside your home.
Because of this, it is important to weigh up what necessary qualities you want from your entrance door, whether this be security, long lifespan, cost or design.
Above, we have looked to highlight multiple reasons, coinciding with customer wants and needs, as to why timber doors are a more reliable and better-quality option than PVC entrance doors.
If you’d like to speak to us more about our wooden doors, or any other services we offer, please contact us here.