Wooden-doors: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Wooden doors

Wooden doors have been popular with the homeowners across the world for a long time. Besides performing their basic function of ensuring security and privacy, wooden doors can add a dash of elegance to the overall look of your house. In the Philippines, wooden doors are the big hype. Though some types of wood tend to dent after a decade or two because of the country’s humidity, a number of strong hardwoods are very popular used for furniture, fixtures, and important parts of the house, most especially the doors. Here we give you a guide to some basic information about wooden doors. From pros and cons to smart maintenance and safety tips, we’ve got it all covered.

1. The benefits

Wood doors have a rich sense of character and beauty all their own. They can be a stunning way to make a statement at your front entry and also give guests an idea of what awaits in your home’s interior spaces. Here are a few features of wood doors to get excited about before installing them.

Most entry doors are also solid wood or feature a solid engineered wood core, meaning you have superior durability and insulation. This may not only help with energy savings, but could also reduce the amount of noise you hear from the outdoors.

As noted above, wood is known to be a dense and naturally strong material and thus, offers a greater sense of security. You not only get to have your pick from a wide range of wood types and densities but also go for custom wooden doors that are reinforced for even more security.

Another attractive quality of wood doors is that they can be custom made to fit any size opening or trimmed to a specific size doorway hence, wood is a material that’s easy to work with and can be made to fit your exact needs. In addition, wooden frames can be easily polished or painted in any shade. You can choose a shade that best complements the color on the walls thereby, enhancing the look of your house and making it look richer.

2. Think about the downside

Like any other material, the numerous benefits come with a few drawbacks as well. Consider these cons before making a lifetime decision of purchasing wooden doors for your house.

Wooden doors do require a bit of care and maintenance to keep them looking and performing at their peak. For instance, they should be sealed before or immediately following installation. If you do not complete this crucial step, they may absorb moisture, which could cause them to warp or swell over time. You’ll need to reseal every couple of years. In the same manner, you may need to touch up stain or paint every few years, too, as they may chip with normal wear and tear over time.

One other thing to note is that wood doors may sag over time because of their heavy material. Again, this can be fixed with routine maintenance or updates to your hardware and frame.

3. Find the best type of wood

The wood grain is one of the most attractive features of a wooden exterior door. As with wood furniture, there are numerous options of wood to choose from when it comes to your door. You can have everything from a modern and sleek bamboo or teak to a traditional oak or mahogany— along with plenty of selections that fall somewhere in between. Door panels, molding and any special feature you want can be crafted into the wood. You can also customize the finish of your door with stain or paint. Stains are often a popular choice allowing you to show the wood’s natural grain.

Mahogany, specifically, is one of the best woods used for doors. Its thickness and hardness makes it incredibly durable. Additionally, mahogany's stability allows it to resist rot, so this wood is perfect in the Philippines, not to mention its harsh humidity. Mahogany also stains incredibly well, so if you want to recolor your door, this type of wood is your best option overall.

Narra is also a very popular tropical wood in the Philippines. This type of wood has tones that range from yellow to red. The grain is often interlocked and wavy, which creates interesting flame and ribbon figures when quarter sawn or flat sawn, which makes it a beautiful finishing material. Texture can be anywhere from average-fine to average-coarse. The wood itself is lustrous and has an attractive odor. Narra is classified as endangered and vulnerable in the country.

A moderately hard reddish wood, tanguile is one of the seven local woods often referred to as Philippine Mahogany. This abundant wood type boasts of fine ribbon or straight grain. It's relatively soft and easy to work on, but resilient enough for outdoor construction.

4. How safe are wooden doors?

It's a common misconception that it's easier to break in through a wood door than a steel or fiberglass one. In fact, it's not the door but the latch-side jamb that's the weak link. To prevent a forceful kick from splitting the jamb, install an extra-long security strike plate using 3-inch screws sunk into the neighboring stud.

A beefy 1¾ inches beats 1 3/8 inches and still accepts standard locksets. Any thicker, and you'll need a special lock and bigger hinges. For hinges, use 3-inch-long screws in all three hinges to anchor the hinge-side jamb securely to its stud.

Moreover, mortise locks are typically built with higher grade steel, and are therefore stronger than the average bored locksets from a home center.

5. Maintenance for your wooden door

With wood doors, you may be required to perform periodic maintenance. Maintenance may be required at any time and may include maintaining the exterior finish or paint of wood products, trimming swollen wood products, and periodic hardware oiling or polishing. Required maintenance may vary depending upon environmental conditions in your area and overhang protection provided.

The amount of moisture, direct sunlight and accumulation of dust or soil all affect the finished wooden door. In severe weather exposure, finish life may be about a year. Evidence of dulling, a "dry" feeling, raised grain and minor surface checks are all signs that a finish restoration is needed. Additionally, dark streaks starting at the bottom of the panels are a sign that moisture is being drawn up into the wood. Occasionally inspect your doors for any of these conditions. If any of them appear, it is important to restore the finish immediately.