There are many different species of pine, and they can be found across the world but Scots pine and Scandinavian pines most commonly find their way into external doors in the UK.
One of the reasons that pine is so widespread in timber is that it grows very quickly. It’s therefore easy to farm it sustainably. This makes pine furniture more affordable than equivalents made from hardwoods. Pine also tends to come with a gorgeous natural grain, which can be emphasised with the right application of finish. As such, it’s a popular substitute for oak; it’s more affordable, but offers aesthetic qualities that match up admirably.
Being a softwood, pine can be more easily scratched than other forms of timber. However, there are some respects, like compression strength, in which it’s actually hardier. Pine tends to hold its shape well, because it’s not quite as permeable as other woods. This means it’s less vulnerable to warping effects which can plague external doors.
The right construction can also help counteract this effect. Engineered doors comprise a core of a range of different materials, including wood, metal and plastic, which is surrounded by a thin shell of timber. This approach helps to cut costs, as well as provide the stability required to stave off warping, and ensure the longevity of the door.
Given the right protective coating, it’ll withstand all the punishment the climate outside might throw at it – and it’ll look the part, too. Take a look through our selection of external pine doors, and you’re sure to encounter something that’ll take your fancy!
With so many factors to consider, and such an extensive range of doors to choose from, deciding on the door that’s right for your home can sometimes be a little confusing. Fortunately, we’re on hand to help. Have a read of our bifolding doors FAQs, and if you have any questions, would like some terminology explained, or are simply looking for a recommendation for your property, then be sure to contact us.
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