Ways Wooden Doors Can Save You Money
There’s a lot to love about wooden doors. First off, they look great. Even a plain wooden door can be a stately addition to the entryway of your home, both from the outside and the inside. They can also be a spectacular focal point with custom design touches. But did you know that wooden doors can save you money as well?
It’s true. There are many reasons why wooden doors save money. Even if their initial cost is higher than other options you’ve looked at, over the lifetime of the door and your time in the home, they can very well wind up being a solid financial decision. Here’s some details on how wood doors save money.
One of the most effective ways that wooden doors can save you money is by providing good insulation for your home in both warmer and colder months. These heavy, dense doors can absorb temperature changes and have a high R-value. (This is the term used to measure the effectiveness of insulation.)
Wooden doors help maintain an ideal temperature inside your home. They do not transfer heat or cold in the way that metal doors do, and some wooden doors have characteristics that specifically help them resist temperature changes. Considering this, it may be the case that you want to have wooden doors all around the home, not just in the front entryway.
One way to get the most out of your wooden door’s insulative properties is to make sure to use weather stripping and sealers to block any air from sneaking in through the space between the frame and the door. Make sure to replace the sealers as needed if they are cracked or peeling.
Another way wooden doors save money is that they last a long time. With proper installation and maintenance, a wooden door can last upwards of 60 years before it might need to be replaced, depending on the type of wood used.
Some wooden doors have lasted hundreds of years, as the entrances to many great cathedrals and historic buildings will attest. On average, they will last at least 20 to 30 years. This means you may not need to replace your wooden door for as long as you live in the home.
There is one knock on wooden doors (no pun intended) in that they warp over time, especially in areas with drastic weather changes. While this used to be the case, modern wooden doors are made with glued-up engineered-wood cores that resist this natural tendency. These doors can be made with a variety of thick, beautiful veneers. They often cost less than a solid wood door as well, and with regular care like a fresh coat of paint or stain every few years, it should last as long as your house.
Wooden doors are a solid investment in your family’s comfort and the visual beauty of your home. If you’re thinking about getting wooden doors for your home, contact Architectural Windows & Doors, Inc. today to learn more about our selection.
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