Are you going to buy a new exterior door?
Here are some tips and advice for choosing the right door.
A new exterior door should add both feel and function. It is both the welcoming jewel of the house and its protection against the outside world. We are often asked about what to consider when choosing a door. Here we have compiled the most important items to evaluate before the purchase.
Checklist for buying a door
What material should the door be?
Different materials have both different appearance and characteristics. This means that they need different maintenance and that they age differently. Our exterior doors are mainly manufactured in oak and teak.
Oak is a hard, durable and rot-resistant wood that works well for exterior doors. However, the hardness of the wood means that oil does not penetrate the wood as easily as teak, for example. This means that you need to oil an oak door more often than other doors to maintain its appearance and function.
Teak has a beautiful, warm and saturated colour without being red. It is one of the world’s most durable woods and does not crack as easily as other woods. Teak is also hard, heavy, stable and has a very good resistance to rot. A teak exterior door brings these characteristics, which makes it easier to maintain, especially in areas exposed to the sea.
Is the door material produced sustainably?
A door should not only be beautiful to look at; for us it is equally important that it is built of sustainably felled wood.
All our doors are FSC-certified. If you want to read more about our sustainability work, please click here.
Solid wood or wood veneer?
Today, many door manufacturers offer exterior doors with smooth veneers covering the door. We have taken a different route and only use solid wood for our exterior doors. However, things to consider when comparing doors in veneers with solid wood doors are:
- Sustainability. A solid door can be maintained, which means that it lasts far longer than a door built with a wooden veneer. The reason is that wood veneer (0.4-0.9 mm thick) is difficult to sand down without the thin layer of wood cracking.
- Resistance. A solid wood door has greater resistance in tough weather conditions. Especially when there are constant changes between rain and sunshine and when there is a big difference between the indoor climate and the outdoor climate. Wood is a living substance, which is affected by air humidity, heat and the sun’s rays. A solid wood door is built of complete blocks of wood and therefore does not crack, which a veneer door can do. You can read more about how our doors are designed here.
How should the design of the door strengthen the building’s architecture?
Which house will the door be fitted in? When renovating, some customers want to buy a traditional door that matches the style of the house. You can also choose to break the mould completely with the door. If everything else is traditional, you can create a contrast with a different exterior door. However, a combination of all sorts of styles together rarely succeeds. If you are uncertain, we can help you find the right solution. To mark the entrance of a house with vertical panels, you could choose an exterior door with horizontal panels and vice versa, provided it is not completely out of character.
Click here for inspiration and see our various door models installed by a selection of our customers.
Where will the door be located?
When choosing a door, it is important to consider where the door will be installed. If the position is exposed to the elements, teak is durable. It is no coincidence that it is traditionally used as a material for decks of ships. The reason is that teak is an oily wood, which is naturally resistant to moisture. It also cracks less easily than other woods.
Will the door be exposed to rain?
If your door is installed in a position where it rains and is very windy, choose a solid wood frame door or a door with solid panels. You should also choose a teak door instead of an oak door because teak is a more oily, more water-resistant wood than oak. Teak is also easier to maintain. If you are interested, please read our guide for maintenance of teak doors here.
Could water splash onto the door?
If your door is installed where rain can blow against it, you should protect the parts of the door that are more exposed, such as the bottom of the door. In those situations, it is often a good investment to mount a kick guard under the door. Here you can see an example of an exterior door in teak with a kick guard.
Could the wind blow open the door?
If so, we recommend a door brake. It is a cheap way of ensuring that the door will not blow open with full force. Both the door leaf and hinge could be damaged, making it impossible to close the door properly.
Do you want light to come through?
If you want a lot of light, we recommend a model with a glass recess that extends down the door, or a solid frame door like our Ramsö model. Alternatively, you can make fixed window sections, side lights and lighting from above that match the door.
Do you want to prevent people from looking through the glass?
If so, choose frosted glass, fluted glass or a different type of glass.
Should the door have a security classification?
If you want to give your home or your summer residence an extra level of security, choose a door with security classification. Security doors are built to have greater resistance to an attempted break-in. We can supply exterior doors in security classes RC2 and RC3. Read more about our security doors here.
How much maintenance do you want to put into the door?
Oiled wooden doors require regular maintenance. The more exposed your door is to the forces of the weather, the more often you should carry out maintenance. Oiled oak doors need oil much more often than teak doors, so they do not lose their colour and develop black spots. Learn more about how to maintain oak doors here. If you would like to read more about the maintenance of teak doors, please click here.