It isn’t a secret that building or renovating a home requires choosing your front and rear doors. They are one of the most important visual design elements that contribute to the building’s architecture. Not only are your doors important design-wise, but the door you select plays a role in just how functional it will be. Doors go further than just providing us with privacy and security, so it’s imperative that you make the best decision for your home.
The classic wooden door is timeless, sturdy and full of charm. The material itself boasts pure elegance, providing homes with a warm and inviting entrance. Despite wooden doors being Australia’s classic favourite, Double Glazed uPVC (Unplasticised Polyvinylchloride) doors have taken the market by storm and have quickly gained popularity being replaced by wooden doors in many homes and buildings. So, which door should you select for your next project? Let’s dive deeper into the pros and cons.
Cost and Maintenance
The cost is an important factor that will weigh in in your decision. uPVC doors are a much more cost-effective solution compared to Aluminum and timber. Although installation costs for both doors will be similar, it will be depending on where you source them from. The most important cost to be focusing on when weighing up your decision is the costs you will need to pay in the long-term. When it comes to reoccurring costs, uPVC doesn’t require any, unlike wooden doors. Wood is a material that requires treatments every few years to maintain them due to naturally occurring weather conditions.
Australian weather conditions can be harsh and damaging to many homes due to the unforgiving sunshine, moisture, atmospheric pollutions, mould, and mildew. Wooden doors are not resistant to these conditions, causing damage over time. However, uPVC frames are resistant against these weather conditions. uPVC is also resistant to salt corrosion, making it the perfect choice for coastal locations.
Wooden doors provide homes with a classic look of pure innate beauty and character, often available in intricate designs and styles. On the other hand, Double Glazed uPVC doors can provide any building with sophistication with the plethora of design options available, blending innovation and style. Although both door options are great choices and have the potential to add aesthetic appeal, it boils down to what you’re looking for in regards to your architectural design.
One of the most important features of uPVC windows and doors is that they are inured against heavy Australian weather conditions and can be customised to be wind-resistant and fire-resistant, at bushfire level. However, wooden doors are prone to catching fire. Selecting fire-retardant doors are the step in the right direction towards building a safer Australian home.
uPVC doors are quickly being chosen as the energy-efficient and sustainable alternative to timber or aluminium, especially in Australia to withstand our harsh climate. Despite wooden doors remaining the more popular option, perhaps it’s time for a change for your next renovation or building project?