If you want the beautiful grain of hardwood external doors but are working on a reduced budget, a softwood external door might be the answer.
Our range of softwood doors come with a choice of glazing options including clear and frosted glazing, to help them make the interior of your house look as light, bright and beautiful as the outside. They are also all available unfinished, to allow you to stamp your own design and style on their appearance.
An external door sets the tone for a whole home. Whether it’s the grand entrance of your front door, or a back door that brings your garden into part of your home, it’s important to choose external doors that look good and function well.
Softwood doors like pine or hemlock might not carry the prestige of oak external doors, they will still add a touch of traditional timber appeal at a far more manageable price than oak or other hardwoods/
Wooden doors can be classified into two types: hardwood doors and softwood doors.
Hardwood comes from deciduous trees. Oak, walnut and mahogany are all popular timber to use for hardwood doors. In contrast, softwood comes from coniferous trees that have needles, trees like pine, fir and cedar.
Overall, hardwoods are considered to have a higher density than softwood, meaning they make stronger, more stable doors. However this is not a hard and fast rule as certain softwoods, like Yew, can actually be ‘harder’ than most hardwoods because of their strength and density.
Many people are familiar with the idea of using oak or other hardwoods to make external doors, but may not have considered the possibilities of softwood. However, well-constructed softwood doors can still be robust, resistant doors.
Softwood external doors are often chosen due to their low cost. They still have a lovely wood grain, particularly a softwood like pine whose strong, dark knots can make for a very dramatic door finish. With a softwood door, you get the appeal of wood at a much lower price point.
The main drawback of softwood exterior doors is that they are not as resilient or long-lasting as hardwood ones are. However a well-finished, treated softwood external door will still enjoy a lengthy lifespan and look great for the duration.
The key to a successful softwood door is to make sure it is finished properly. Choose a varnish, stain or paint that will be able to withstand the elements and make a thorough job of covering the door with the recommended number of coats.
Timber has a long history of being used for external doors. Partly this is due to the attractive and high-quality appeal it can bring to any home, but mainly it is due to the many practical benefits brings.
One of these benefits is security. Wooden external doors are impressively dense and strong, making them very hard to break. Pair a wooden external door with enhanced glazing and a secure lock designed specifically for external doors, and a wooden door is one of the safest you can install.
Softwood doors like our clear pine external doors bring the visual appeal of solid wood to a price point achievable for most pockets.
All our external doors are stocked in a variety of common door sizes to fit standard frames.
However, if your door opening is a little more awkward or unusual, our softwood external doors all feature a solid timber lipping which means they can be trimmed on every side without any risk of affecting the structural stability of the door.
There is no avoiding the environmental impact of deforestation or the importance of sustainably sourced timber.
This is why we only stock softwood external doors that are made by companies committed to using FSC certified wood whenever possible.
Our collection of softwood exterior doors match the aesthetic appeal of solid wood at an affordable cost that won’t blow your budget.
Our softwood range of doors all come unfinished to all you the flexibility to finish them exactly how you want them. Whether you want a bright, bold splash of colour or a subtle stain to bring out the beautiful wood grain, with our softwood doors it’s entirely up to you how they will suit your home.
If you want to let natural light and sunshine soak into your home, then our softwood glazed doors could be just what you need. Available in full and half glazed designs so you can control just how much light you want to let into your home.
Our team of door experts are happy to answer any questions you might have about how to find the right external door for your home. Get in touch using our online contact form and we’ll get back to your queries and questions as soon as possible.
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