The exterior door might be the very first thing that someone who visits the home is bound to notice. Therefore, most people are likely to put in considerable thought into it before selecting which type or design of exterior door they want to match to their homes.
Wooden exterior doors are very common amongst house owners. There are a number of reasons for this, for instance wooden doors are cheap and easily available. Strong wooden doors could be obtained in various designs and materials that range from oak, mahogany, pine and timber covered with veneer. In case of wear and tear with time, wooden doors could be easily replaced, redone or modified by altering the locks, adding a fresh coat of paint or just applying a fresh layer of varnish. They can be cut and adjusted to the desired size more easily than other materials such as steel and/or PVC.
The largest benefit regarding solid wooden doors is that they can be made to appear in such a way that they easily miss the attention of miscreants such as thieves and vandals who prey upon unsuspecting residents if the exteriors of a home catch their eye.
The first and foremost concern of a home owner is to ensure sufficient safety for his or her household when deciding on the exterior doors of the house. Wooden doors can have locks and latches attached to them easily.
Nevertheless, determined robbers are capable of break the latch and drill holes to break the lock if they wish to go in the home. Another disadvantage of having wooden exterior doors is that they need constant care and attention in order to maintain them.
Wooden doors have a tendency of acting upon the effect of weather. In summer time the high moisture content of the air is absorbed by them therefore causing the doors to expand, creating cracks on the side of the doors and getting stuck while opening or closing them. This damages the property more if care isn't taken. In winter the reverse occurs and the door contracts so leaving gaps between the walls and floor, allowing the cold from outside to go through the door and enter the home.
Wooden doors are also susceptible to attacks from termites. Unless they are made from good quality timber and are treated with anti termite solutions regularly one quickly finds that the entire door can crumble from the attack. This is very dangerous so far as security is concerned. Besides termites can cause severe dust allergy. Due to this fact, wooden doors can easily be eaten into and destroyed unless they are taken care of.