A Guide to Purchasing a Wooden Entry Door

Replacing your home’s entry door might seem like an easy task, but there are actually a lot of things to consider before you make a purchase. The main thing you need to determine is what material you want your new door to be made from. If you’ve already settled on wood, this guide will help you better understand how to find the right style for you. If you’re still pondering your options, the information you find here will make it easier for you to grasp why wood is still such a popular choice after being used for hundreds of years.

Why do people choose wooden entry doors?

The aesthetics of wooden entry doors are the primary factor that draws homeowners to them. Some people simply cannot imagine having their front doors be made of anything but wood. Many different kinds of hardwood can be used to craft doors. Some of these, such as oak and ipe, are incredibly durable. Others, like pine, are likely to need to be replaced more frequently. It is worth pointing out that wooden doors require more maintenance than doors made of other materials, but the extra work is worth it for homeowners who choose this material.

Should I choose off-the-rack or custom?

As with anything you might be thinking about purchasing, a custom wood entry door is going to be more costly than a mass-produced one. If you go to a big box retailer to look at wood styles, the odds are good that the majority of the models will be made of synthetic wood cores surrounded by thin real wood veneers. While these doors will hold-up for awhile, veneers that are thinner than 1/16 inch are particularly prone to cracking. Adding a high-quality storm door to your entryway is one simple way to make sure your wooden front door lasts as long as possible.

Solid hardwood doors generally have much higher price tags than their off-the-rack counterparts, but they are likely to last for decades. Some manufacturers have high-end lines of solid wood entry doors, but you may have to contact a custom millwork company in your area of North Carolina or South Carolina. If you are struggling to find someone to make your new entry door, ask your building contractor for suggestions.

How much do wooden entry doors cost?

This question doesn’t have a single answer. The price of a mass-produced, engineered wood door is likely to be between $500 and $600 dollars. Custom, solid wood front doors, on the other hand, can cost as much as $4,000 or more. No matter what kind of wooden entry door you choose, it’s important to care for it properly to preserve your investment. Make sure it gets finished and sealed properly if it isn’t already and read the manufacturer’s care guide.

The team at Hatch Homes can help you every step of the way with your door installation project. From making sure you pick a door that suits your budget and maintenance requirements to ensuring that the installation process goes smoothly, let us help you create the entryway of your dreams!

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