There are many reasons to choose Timber doors over alternatives on the market.
We will first consider what you need from your doors and why
•keep intruders out
•let visitors in
•provide an element of insulation
When choosing a Timber Door which undoubtedly provides the best solution for
number one, as you not only have a choice of woods and their beautifully natural
finished but have the option to stain, paint or finish your door in your chosen colour
Keeping intruders out
Although Timber is the most widely used material for external doors there are some
new materials offering themselves as an alternative to Timber doors, but they do not
have the flexibility that comes with using a Timber door.
PVCu is an increasingly popular alternative to softwood doors, but because there is
so little strength in PVCu, the doors need to be built on a steel frame and need
multipoint locking because of the flimsy nature of the material.
Other features to consider for improved security are a door chain and a peep
hole/view on solid doors. These can be easily installed or added to timber doors but
not so easily or securely added to PVCu.
Letting visitors in easily
The majority of people have two separate locks on their front door. The mortise
deadlock is key-operated, fitted inside the door and is the big one you lock when
going out or maybe at night. Timber doors also allow you to fit a latch or Yale lock
which can be hand-operated ensuring easy opening to visitors and a quick escape in
the event of a fire.
It’s not a legal requirement to have two separate locks, but as it is included in
National House-Building Council (NHBC) recommendations for new homes it has become a stipulation of insurance companies.
Provide an element of insulation
As households struggle to reduce heating bills to save money and help the
environment, part L of Building Regulations that applies to doors for new build or refurbishment require a more efficient standard.
Timber doors now include insulated glazing units and are available as laminated and solid composite construction for maximum stability ensuring no gaps or drafts.