Doors don’t just open and shut – they are the link between two spaces and the visual connection between the one we leave and the one we enter. However, besides being good in looks they must be right in realistic terms. The design, manufacturing, and materials are equally important. With so many options of door materials available in the local market, it is important to choose the right door material that not only looks nice and matches the overall decoration of your home but is also durable.
In this blog, we look at the strengths and shortcomings of types of door materials that will help you to choose the right option for your home.
Wood is a popular choice, especially for the entrance, among the types of materials for doors. Wood also has the advantage of being easy to modify, whether it is color, design or with the addition of glass panels or some other decorative feature, in addition to adding charm to the main entrance of the house. The advantage of using wood as the material for the main door is that it is strong and offers security, insulating, and soundproofing.
One of the main drawbacks of using wood for doors is that the material warps over time due to its exposure to the natural elements. As a result, doors will need to be replaced frequently than those made of other durable materials such as fiberglass or steel. Wood is also highly expensive compared to some of the other materials.
Although it is a relatively new entrance to the market fiberglass is becoming a popular option among the types of materials for doors because it is highly durable and can be installed in any type of climate. They are waterproof, strong, non-porous, and resistant to dents or scratches. The material can be painted or stained in almost any color or finish. It can even be made to look like wood. These doors do not swell or warp like wood nor do they rust like steel or corrode like aluminum and these doors are very easy to maintain.
The disadvantage of using fiberglass for the main doors and internal doors is that it is an expensive material. However, considering its durability and the long life, the additional cost is well worth it.
UPVC or Vinyl door:
Although it is most commonly used in the frames of glass doors, UPVC can be used to make a door that is lightweight and solid. These doors are lightweight, strong, and highly durable. They do not rust or corrode and are suitable for coastal areas. UPVC doors are also very easy to maintain.
The main drawback of UPVC doors is that the tendency to discolor and turn a little yellowish over a period of time.
Very rarely we see a full glass door at the main entrance of a house. Of course, it depends upon the home owner’s choice. For example, in some houses, the glass could be used as the main door to maximize natural light or a beautiful view. The best part about these doors is that glass neither rusts nor corrodes like metals nor does it absorb moisture like wood.
However, using glass for the front door minimizes privacy and security. One of the ways to overcome this is to combine glass with fiberglass or wood at the entrance. This can be done by installing a glass panel built into the main door.
As a material, aluminium is durable, strong, lightweight, and affordable. It can be used for the external doors as well as internal doors for the garden shed or garage. Due to it is lightness, it is rarely used for the main door, which requires a stronger and tough material. Like wood and fiberglass, aluminium can be painted in any color to suit the architecture of the house.
The main drawback of using aluminium for doors is that it provides bad insulation and conducts heat easily. This makes it unsuitable among the other types of materials for doors as it doesn’t offer energy savings. However, for some houses where insulation is not a priority, it is an incredibly cheap choice that can work well.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide what type of materials suit your house, whether it’s the main door or an internal one, in terms of style, safety, or any other feature. If you are unaware about what type of material to use for your doors, consult a good building contractor or an interior architect, or a designer for professional inputs on what will or won’t work in your home.