The saying 'you get what you pay for' is nary as true as when investing in top quality, bespoke products.
It's also true that top quality, bespoke products are usually exactly that: an investment.
Wood doors are no different. They won't be the cheapest option in terms of initial outlay, but the benefits they bring over their lifetime will more than cover their monetary cost.
We all want to make our homes as safe as they can be for ourselves and our families, and solid wood doors play a large role in ensuring they are. But what about in the inside?
Well, you could cut corners and go for a cheaper, off-the-shelf option. But we wouldn't recommend it.
In truth, the benefits of solid wood doors inside the home are just as important as those brought by exterior ones.
Looking good inside and out
When you install doors in your home, the single most obvious improvement they make is in the aesthetics.
As the name suggests, bespoke doors can be tailored to your every whim; be it shape, type of wood, color, solid or glazed, and swing or slide options. You can, and probably should, get interior design advice, but the final choice is all yours.
Trends come and go, but the style of your home will most likely remain the same for years to come. Being able to match your doors to your own home interior, be it rustic, modern, open plan or cozy, is the best way to ensure they look good for as long as they remain.
Two kinds of insulation
As well as being where the heart is, the home is many things to many people. For some, it's a place to retire to after a long day at work. It's a sanctuary. For others, it's a place to share with friends and family; an open and social space.
However, one thing we all need to feel in our homes is comfortable. When living in areas of extreme seasonal temperatures, this requires sturdier construction elements to be incorporated.
Solid wood doors help keep us comfortable in our own homes by providing great insulation. This insulation helps to keep cold air and drafts out in the winter, and hot air out in the summer.
They also restrict the flow of noise between rooms, helping you to close the door and relax when you need to in even the busiest of family homes.
Keeping your family safe
The aesthetics and insulating properties of wood doors are wonderful features, but the fundamental purpose of any door is to form a physical barrier in an otherwise open passage.
When used in the home, the extra tough barrier works especially well in preventing the entry of two things in particular that you wouldn't want moving from room to room.
While nobody wants to think of their home being the target of intruders or the scene of a fire, it will slow the progress of both should they invite themselves in.
Burglars do their work best while making minimal noise, and like to pass through a home undetected. Placing a locked wooden door in their way is the best way to dissuade them from going any further.
Similarly, fire cannot spread until it has passed through your doors either. Solid wood doors take time to burn, giving you and your family more time to get out to safety.
The thought of such misfortune befalling your home is not a nice one., but it pays to be pragmatic.
It also pays to remain positive, and remember that no doors could look as good in your home as wood doors, and none could provide such effective heat and sound insulation either.