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Aluminium vs Wood Doors

19th April 2024 |

Doors

Your home says a lot about you, particularly the front of your home. First impressions of your property tell people about your style and taste, which is why the front door you choose is so important. When it’s time to choose a new or replacement door, the options can feel overwhelming. Not only are there countless designs to consider, but you’ll also need to decide on the right material.

But what material is best for your front door? And, more importantly, which options offer the utmost security and energy efficiency for your home?

ALUMINIUM OR WOODEN DOORS?

Choosing between aluminium and wood has become a challenging decision for homeowners. Advancements in manufacturing processes, materials engineering and design techniques have led to doors that are more durable, energy-efficient and visually appealing, regardless of the material.

However, both aluminium and wood have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages, with personal taste and budget often guiding the final decision.

To assist you in this decision-making process, we’re here to provide a comprehensive comparison of the characteristics of aluminium and wooden doors to help you find the perfect fit for your home.

THE BENEFITS OF ALUMINIUM DOORS

For those looking to make a statement with their entryways, aluminium doors provide the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impression. Their sleek, contemporary designs and flawless finishes invite admiration from all who pass by. Crafted with precision engineering and sturdy materials, these doors promise long-lasting performance without skimping on style.

STRENGTH AND DURABILITY

Aluminium is an incredibly tough material. Its natural resistance to rust, corrosion and weathering makes it an ideal choice for door installations, regardless of the climate or environment. Aluminium doors are able to withstand excessive amounts of force and, unlike wooden doors, they can’t be cut or sawn. Its strength and durability offers unmatched security, providing homeowners with peace of mind and the assurance of lasting quality for years to come.

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY

In traditional aluminium frames, heat can easily conduct through the metal, causing energy to escape which can increase problems with condensation. That’s why all of our aluminium doors are fitted with polyamide thermal break technology, which adds additional insulation between the inner and outer parts of the aluminium frame. By reducing heat loss, it not only saves you money on your energy bills but also boosts the overall U value of our doors.

LOW MAINTENANCE

Aluminium doors require minimal maintenance and are easy to clean compared to their wooden counterparts. They typically only need a quick wipe with soap and water to stay in top condition. However, to get the best value from a wooden door, it demands the occasional clean and a fresh coat of paint every 6-8 years to protect it from the weather. For those looking for a low maintenance option, an aluminium door is the smart choice.

Aluminium Bifold Doors

CUSTOMISATION OPTIONS

Aluminium offers a wide range of custom door designs, styles and colours to suit every taste. Whether it’s bifold, patio or residential doors, with options for single or double configurations, each can be precisely tailored to meet the unique architectural needs of your home. At Majestic Designs, our colour palette spans from sophisticated black to lively red, thanks to a limitless spectrum of RAL colours and metallic finishes.

RECYCLABLE MATERIAL

Aluminium is a highly sustainable and environmentally-friendly choice for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint. It is 100% recyclable and can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality, which means fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less waste going to landfills.

THE BENEFITS OF WOOD DOORS

Among the options available for those looking to give their home more curb-appeal, wooden doors add an unmatched level of timeless charm and natural beauty. With their versatility and classic appeal, wooden doors stand as a symbol of tradition and craftsmanship, making them a beloved choice for homeowners looking to increase the style and value of their property.

NATURAL AESTHETIC

Wooden doors have stood the test of time in home design, prized for their natural beauty and warmth that adds character to any space. Each piece of wood has its own unique grain pattern that can’t be replicated by synthetic materials, making each wooden door one-of-a-kind. From rustic to contemporary styles, wooden doors offer versatile customisation options and can be stained or painted in a variety of colours to meet the tastes of any homeowner.

NOISE RESISTANCE

Wood is an excellent insulator against sound transmission for both internal and external doors, due to its natural properties that absorb and dampen sound vibrations. Whether you live near a busy main road or need to minimise noise from other parts of the house, wood can help to block out sound and provide a quieter indoor environment.

Rosewood uPVC entrance door and porch

NATURAL INSULATION

Wood has natural insulating properties, which can help to regulate indoor temperatures by preventing heat from escaping during the winter and keeping it out during the summer. This insulation helps to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and can even contribute to lower energy bills.

REPAIRABILITY

In the event of damage, wooden doors are often easier to repair than other materials, including aluminium. Minor damages, such as scratches or dents, can be erased through simple sanding and refinishing to extend the lifespan of your door. This not only saves you from costly replacements but also contributes to the door’s overall longevity, saving you time and money in the long run.

LONGEVITY

When properly treated and maintained, wooden doors can withstand the test of time. Routine tasks like staining and sealing not only enhance their appearance but also make them more resistant against weather, pests and everyday wear and tear.

For those seeking a low-maintenance option without compromising on aesthetics, Majestic Designs offers bespoke composite doors by Endurance. These composite doors combine timber, uPVC and a laminated door skin to produce a wooden door alternative that’s free from warping, rotting or discolouration. With a lifespan of at least 30-40 years and minimal upkeep required, they provide the look and feel of wooden doors without the associated drawbacks.

LET MAJESTIC DESIGNS HELP YOU DECIDE

When it comes to deciding between wood or aluminium, the choice ultimately depends on the aesthetics of your property and your own personal preferences. If you still find yourself torn between the two, Majestic Designs can help you decide.

For more than 20 years, Majestic Designs has helped thousands of homeowners across Somerset and the South West choose the perfect doors for their properties. A member of our team will visit your home with samples, take measurements and discuss options to suit your tastes.

Our bespoke range of aluminium and composite doors are engineered with care in our state-of-the-art factories in Somerset. From the initial consultation to installation, our team of highly trained FENSA accredited and MTC registered lead installers will be on hand to assist you, alongside our in-house customer service team.

When it’s time to make that decision, let our team guide you towards the right choice. Contact us today to get the help, advice and information you need.

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