What’s the best type of wood for entrance doors?

Last Updated: 28 September 2023

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At Reddish Joinery, it’s no secret that we firmly believe that ‘wood is good’. Not just a natural material, but a highly insulating and attractive one too, there are various choices of wood when engineering a replacement timber door. Having perfected the wooden door manufacturing process for the past 50 years, however, there are only really two types we deem worth offering local homeowners. We’re on hand to explain the differences.

Wooden front doors ideal for classic and contemporary properties

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we thought it worthwhile to quell one of the biggest assumptions people tend to make with external wooden doors: That they only make sense for vintage-style properties. This is absolutely not true, with many modern homeowners seeing value in the charming aesthetic only timber-style doors can provide. Composite doors are a great example of this, being an inherently modern design that still boasts an authentic appearance.

Front door

With that out of the way, let’s move onto the differences between the two best wood options for entrance doors…

Option #1: Engineered wood (Accoya)

A particular favourite amongst installers and homeowners alike, Accoya Wood is an engineered type of timber, meaning it’s been adapted to suit the modern demands of 21st-century homes. Durable, thermally efficient, and eco-friendly, Accoya actually starts life as a softwood before undergoing the modification process. It makes such sense as a timber door material due to its UV resistance against sunlight, improved strength, and natural insect barrier.

These properties are made possible thanks to the modified cell structure of the softwood, which still retains the attractive appearance of timber albeit with some much-appreciated modern improvements. Accoya doors look amazing all year round, being perfect for additional coating should you choose to enhance the design’s classical features further.

Solid oak timber entrance door

Option #2: Hardwood front doors (Oak)

British-grown and universally loved amongst tree surgeons, suppliers, and installers, Oak has been used in building construction projects for hundreds of years. This is in part due to both the hardwood’s incredible strength and generously long lifespan. Today Oak combines with modern manufacturing techniques to create a type of wood that still has a place in amongst contemporary homes in the UK for use in windows and doors.

There are other types of hardwoods that could make sense as a timber door, but Oak’s homegrown nature means costs can be kept low, resulting in an affordable but inherently authentic solution. Traditional hardwood does require a little more maintenance than Accoya or uPVC, but it’s worth it in the long one for those seeking the genuine article.

Other types of front doors

When it comes to your front door, however, wood is not the only material you have to choose from. uPVC front doors are another option available to you. Plus, there are composite doors to consider too.

Engineered wood vs hardwood doors

  Engineered wood (Accoya) Hardwood doors (Oak)
Thermally Efficient
UV resistant ✘ 
Pest resistant
Low maintenance ✘ 

So, what are the best external wooden doors?

This will depend on your budget and practical requirements. To make it easier for you to decide, however, we’ve created some informative guides that you can use to better inform yourself. These can be accessed using the links below:

Find perfect fitting wooden doors with Reddish Joinery

As timber professionals, Reddish Joinery is proud to offer homeowners throughout Cheshire the choice of both Oak and Accoya. To discuss more about which might best suit your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our team today.

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