Hardwoods tend to come from slow-growing trees from a family called angiosperms (from the Greek for ‘encased seed’). The seeds of these trees are to be found in a special enclosure, usually a flower. This is as opposed to gymnosperms, whose seeds are exposed.
One of the most important attributes of a hardwood tree is that it grows far more slowly than a gymnosperm. This means that the fibres of the timber are packed far more closely together, which makes it far hardier. As such, you’ll find timbers of this sort used extensively in flooring solutions. And this quality also makes hardwoods great for external doors, which need to be able to resist the onslaught of the elements year-round.
Another advantage of hardwoods is that they look fantastic. The grain on a high-quality piece of oak will ensure that it draws the eye in your home and garden.
The slow growing process involved in sustainably farming hardwood trees does make this material a little more expensive that other options such as pine, or softwoods, but it’s well worth it. Hardwoods look fantastic; the grain on a high-quality piece of oak is beautiful thing to behold. It’s a timeless material that will never go out of style.
If you are keeping a close eye on the pounds and pennies, but still want to look of solid hardwood doors, then an engineered door could be the way the way forward.
An ‘engineered’ door is one which comprises a solid core, comprising metal, plastic and inexpensive timber, surrounded by a thin layer of more highly-quality timber. This approach helps to cut costs while retaining all of the aesthetic advantages of the superior wood. It also helps to eliminate warping, which occurs when timber fibres are exposed to an unstable climate.
Take a look through our selection of hardwood doors, and you’re sure to find a great match for your home!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our knowledgeable and friendly members of staff will do their best to answer any queries you may have.
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