Doors are the hallmarks of any home and they set the style of the external and internal decor. Of course, they also keep out the weather and are an important element in home security. It’s important to choose doors carefully and fit them properly as they are the first impression anyone has of the house. When you try out these internal doors you will know at once if you have made the right choice.
Modern homes suit contemporary doors with clean and simple lines. Older houses usually need both internal and external doors to have more ornamentation and moulding. But unless you need extra security or fire doors for a garage or other outbuilding, wood is often the best material for any door. Even if you choose a door that has been built with traditional carpentry techniques, make sure that all joints are held together with modern adhesives and that the weatherproofing is up to standard.
Oak and hardened pine are the most commonly used wood types for external doors. Pine works much better for average-sized homes, is cheaper and is easier to paint. Oak grain can rise through a polished or painted surface as it ages. This can look attractive in some period or listed buildings, but not in the average suburban semi-detached house.
Choices for internal doors are endless as walnut, oak, maple, cherry or ash veneers provide economic alternatives to solid wood. If you are looking for a polished wood design, follow the miniguide to see how each type of wood may be highlighted or stained.
Glazing in doors allows natural light to pass into homes and from room to room, as well as adding a stylish touch. French doors that open into a rear garden from a dining room or a kitchen can look beautiful in many homes of both traditional and contemporary design. You could use half-glazed door when you need an opening from any utility or basement room. Whichever glazing option you choose, ensure that it’s weatherproof. Large glass panels may not be suitable for areas that experience very high winds, while smaller glass panels provide strong wind resistance.
Patio doors or internal doors with large glass panels should be glazed with tempered safety glass. This glass breaks into tiny crumb-like pieces rather than shards that could injure someone. Decorative glass in doors gives that unique touch that makes your home stand out. Etched glass can provide a subtle and sophisticated look, while coloured glass or traditional stained glass brings a kaleidoscope of colours into your home.