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
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
2. Think about the
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
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
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
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
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
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