Wood Doors

Interior wood doors are stylish and durable

As you might expect, wood doors have been around for thousands of years. And there's good reason for that -- wood offers not just a thick and durable material for protecting your main entry ways, but also looks really great, too.

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So, why install wood doors in your home?

If you're using a wood exterior door, they're excellent for insulation purposes. If a wood door is constructed of quality materials and features no cracks or gaps, it's far less likely to let in hot air during the summer or cold air during the winter. Wood is also an ideal material for protecting against harsh weather conditions, including sleet, snow, rain and hail.

To improve a wood door's insulation, consider installing a door sweep, a metal strip placed along the underside of a door that can prevent any air from passing back and forth while the door is closed. A door sweep will also keep all kinds of unwanted and nasty critters -- including ants, roaches, and termites -- from making their way into your home.

However, in some situations you may want to let lots of fresh air in, which is why many home owners pair screen doors with their wood doors.

There are a number of different types of exterior solid wood doors and the look (and cost) of your wood door will depend on the style you choose. Possible door materials for exterior wood doors include maple, teak, oak, cherry, walnut, ash and mahogany.

Of course, you can also install wood windows and doors inside your home. Because interior wood doors do not face the same types of weather conditions as exterior wood doors, they can be considerably lighter and, generally speaking, far less expensive.

Whether you're installing your wood doors on the exterior or interior of your home, the important thing to remember is that they must be measured properly for installation. Most interior doors come in three thicknesses: 1-3/8", 1-3/4", and 2-1/4". Many older homes will have widely varying entry spaces and may require custom door installation. Custom wood doors will likely cost extra, so do keep that in mind.