Adding a timber door or two to your home is a wonderful idea. Not only are you guaranteed a door that looks great, but you will also get one that performs excellently too. However, different woods are used to create doors and they have different properties. Here at Reddish Joinery, for example, we use Oak, a hardwood, and Accoya, a genetically-modified softwood.
So, which is the best wood for doors? Let’s find out!
What is the most durable type of wood?
As a rule, hardwoods are more durable than softwoods. As such, hardwood doors can last a lifetime with the proper care.
However, Accoya is not like your typical softwood. It has undergone a genetic modification process called acetylation, which gives it fantastic dimensional stability and durability. As a result, every Accoya door comes with a 50-year warranty, although their estimated lifespan is around 80 years!
Which wood is the most insulating?
One of the most desirable qualities of wood as a building material is that it offers excellent insulation properties. However, compared to several other commonly used species of wood, Accoya possesses superior thermal retention and retention. Therefore, for making your home warmer and more energy-efficient, an Accoya door is the ideal solution.
Which timber requires the most maintenance?
Hardwoods possess excellent durability and natural weather resistance, which also means they require less maintenance. In external applications, softwoods are treated to improve durability and they require retreating more frequently than hardwoods over their lifespan otherwise than can succumb to rot.
However, as the acetylation process gives Accoya wood incredible durable and weather resistance like you get with the typical hardwood, minimal maintenance is required for Accoya doors.
Which wood is the most eco-friendly?
Although hardwoods tend to be more durable, softwoods grow at a faster rate. Therefore, they tend to be considered a more sustainable source of timber. In the case of Accoya, however, the acetylation process means it has the durability of your typical hardwood too.
As an FSC® certified timber, Accoya also comes from sustainably sourced forests. Its CO2 emissions are also lower than most construction materials.
What finish options are there?
Oak comes in a range of natural colours, from light beige through to brown and red. However, Accoya has a relatively light colour, although both types of wood can be finished in a wide range of paint and translucent stain finishes. This ensures that either wood can be adapted to suit a wealth of aesthetic desires.
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