Since the medieval ages humans have used wooden doors to protect their homes. Castles in olden times had huge wooden drop down doors that guarded the people inside. Wooden doors were found on the home of a prince as well as a pauper.
There is a reason why wooden doors have been so popular through the ages. Wood was used back then as it was easily available and was very durable. Carpenters could make beautiful carvings and shape it any way the wished. Wood was not only used to make doors but also used to build homes.
Wooden doors even today add aesthetic value to your home. Carved wooden doors are a work of art and are very beautiful. However do not choose a wooden door as just a decorative piece to your home, it should also add to the security of your home. They act as a shield against intrusive forces like thieves as also natural elements such as snow, rain and hail. There is a vast range of wooden doors available in the market. So before you decide to buy one consider aspects other than aesthetic appeal too.
You need to first consider the variations in weather than the door will be subject to. Wood has a property which makes it expand and contract with changes in climatic conditions. Extreme changes in weather can affect the lifespan of wooden doors. It would be a good idea to choose wooden doors that have a board panel. The fiber board panel would shield the wood against the extreme weather as well as add to the beauty of the door. This will also increase the life span of your door.
Also make sure you pick and good quality and durable door. It is better to pay extra for a good wooden door than to buy a cheap one which will fall apart in few years and force you to spend more on a new one. Hollow core wooden doors will not be able to stand up against the elements of nature and thus do not last long. Solid wood doors crafted out of oak and mahogany is a good choice. Doors made from this type of wood are not only durable but also fire resistant.
You should also keep in mind that even though you can pick a door that stands out at the depot, you still need to make sure it fits with the overall look of your home. You could save money by buying a good quality plain wood door and then have it painted to match the décor of your home.