Hardwood doors offer the ultimate in durability. Hardwood refers to a family of timbers which grow more slowly, and thus develop more densely-packed fibres. They tend to come from angiosperm trees, whose seeds are stored in a flower (as opposed to gymnosperm trees, whose seeds are exposed).
While this slow growth makes hardwood slightly more expensive, doors made from this sort of timber tend to be stronger, and better able to stand up to the elements. They therefore make an obvious choice for external doors.
Another virtue of most hardwoods is that they’re easy to keep in good condition – so much so, in fact, that they’re often employed in flooring solutions. A quick, occasional wipe down with warm water will be enough to keep all but the worst stains at bay. Hardwood doors also tend to perform well when it comes to sound insulation – so if it’s peace and quiet you’re after, installing a hardwood patio door is sure to do the job well. The longevity of hardwood tends to offset its higher cost over the course of its lifetime – properly cared for, a set of hardwood patio doors will last for decades, and so will more than pay for themselves over the course of their lifetimes.
There are, suffice to say, myriad varieties of timber which carry the name ‘hardwood’. Of these, oak and mahogany is among the most popular. In many cases, engineered oak is referred to as hardwood. This design combines an outer layer of quality hardwood with a more affordable core of metal, wood, and plastic. This helps to cut costs, but it will also help to guard against warping, which will occur in response to changes in ambient temperature and moisture. If you’re looking for a hardwood door, then you’re sure to find a suitable candidate among the items listed here.
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