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Frequently Asked Questions About Solid Timber Doors

by Dustin Cruz

Solid timber doors are made of real wood without any composite material, which can provide buyers with advantages over other types of doors made from aluminium, vinyl or composite wood. If you're thinking about making an investment in solid timber doors, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions to give you all the information you need to make a sound decision.

What Sound Benefits Do These Doors Provide? -- Solid timber doors are thick and don't have a hollow core like in composite wood, fake wood and other wood by-product doors. Because they are solid throughout, these timber doors help to absorb more sound by a diffusion process that reduces the amount of noise that can pass through. If you have a baby in your home, or you have a home office that requires silence, installing a solid timber door can help dampen the amount of noise.

Will Paint Or Stain Adhere Better With Solid Timber Doors? -- Although it's true that you can paint and stain faux wood and composite wood doors, solid timber doors have a rougher texture that makes paint and stain adhere better to the real timber grains. That means that solid timber doors will hold their paint and stain for a longer period of time than doors made of composite wood. You can also chuse stains and paints that look like granite or steel for a distinct appearance, or you can go for a more natural look and chuse an unfinished solid timber door that is more rustic.

Do Solid Timber Doors Provide Greater Insulation? -- Similar to the way in which they reduce noise, solid timber doors will offer you outstanding weather insulation because they are solid which makes it harder for cold and heat to seep through. Faux timber doors and composite timber doors require foam and polyurethane insulation to fill up the hollow core, which also limits the number of stylistic designs these doors can feature. Most contractors will recommend that you weatherstrip your solid timber doors to ensure that the edges and the tops and bottoms of the doors are sealed against escaping air.

Solid timber doors are also easier to customise because they are easy to cut and resize compared to vinyl or steel doors. And if you chuse a style such as bas-relief for your timber door, you don't have to worry about the depth of your design.

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