Keep out the cold with traditional timber doorsSometimes it seems like everyone is replacing their traditional timber doors with value for money UPVC or contemporary GRP doors. But nothing really beats the beauty of timber, so whether you live in a traditional cottage or modern townhouse, purchasing new timber doors could be a great option this winter. Take a few moments to read our handy guide to timber doors, to see if they're the right choice for your home.
The beauty of timber
Traditional timber doors are not only incredibly beautiful, they're also durable and secure, and they'll keep your home warm and cosy. Whilst UPVC became popular for its low maintenance and relatively affordable prices during the mid-1990's, today many people are turning to timber once again when it comes to fitting replacement doors or windows. As long as the wood for your timber doors is environmentally sourced and sustainable, timber doors are by far the best choice for the environment.
Timber gives a warm look to any house and is very eye catching. It can be customised to fit with your house's exterior so it makes it a good choice when buying/replacing your front door.
Softwood or hardwood?
You can usually choose from softwood or hardwood doors – Douglas Fir and Pine are examples of softwoods, whilst hardwoods include Ash and Maple. The type of wood you choose will largely depend upon the style of your home, your available budget and of course where you purchase your timber doors from. Most door manufacturers will be happy to advise you on the best option for your needs and your budget.
You can also choose from a range of wood treatments and finishes – these not only enhance the beauty of the wood and extend its life expectancy, protecting it from the elements, but they can also be used to ensure your new timber doors blend in seamlessly with your existing windows and fittings. You may need to have wood treatments reapplied every few years, making timber doors a higher maintenance option than UPVC, but the beauty of timber can't be denied.
Where to buy
When deciding where to buy your timber doors, it's a good idea to search on Google for reputable suppliers. You're not limited to buying locally, unless you want to see the doors in person – most websites will offer speedy delivery and a returns service if you are unhappy with your new doors. Ideally, you should choose 2-3 companies and obtain a quote from each, to see which is the most competitive. Don't just take the cost of the door into account, remember to find out whether they can fit the doors or just supply them, as you'll need to pay a joiner to fit them at additional cost if they are only a manufacturing company. You should also check their returns policy and read previous customer reviews to make sure they're a reputable company.
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