Door frames are manufactured from a number of types of materials, like wood, steel, fiberglass, aluminum and composite. However, if one is to go by sheer popularity and immediate preference, wood continues to hold more sway than others. Let’s have a look at the possible reasons for this:
- Aesthetic appeal: The charm of wood is considered “timeless”. This is why frames made of wood can actually suit a variety of home styles and different types of architecture, whether these may be modern construction buildings or period pieces. Depending upon an individual’s personal preference and type of home, the type of wood used for the door frame may be chosen. This could be oak, mahogany, timber, maple and so on.
- Durability: The natural strength of wood isn’t disputed by anyone. Since most good quality wood is properly seasoned and treated these days, it has the added protection of resistance from natural elements. This helps eliminate problems that were associated with wood in earlier times, such as rotting, cracking, splintering, vulnerability to termite infestation, etc. As a result, if wooden door frames are maintained with care and stained and/or painted regularly, they are known to last for practically one’s lifetime!
- Insulating Properties: Wood is renowned for its naturally occurring insulating properties. This is helpful in terms of offering better safeguarding against electrical hazards, which can be seen in case plugs and sockets are located near an area where metal frames are used. In places with cold climates, the insulating properties become especially significant. Consequently, wooden furniture and fixtures of any sort help retain the heat in one’s home, thereby reducing the carbon emissions in the household!
- Better resistance against wind and air: In comparison to metallic materials, wood has a far higher degree of resistance to airy and windy conditions. Oxidation leads to rusting in metals, and this problem simply does not present itself to wooden frames. Wooden frames have another extra edge over metal frames. As far fewer joints are used in manufacturing wooden frames than those in metal frames, there is a much lesser occurrence of split joints and weather-induced damage.
- Versatility: Wood is a very versatile material. It can lend itself to a great degree of customization and offers a lot of flexibility. For example, wooden door frames can be stained, painted or carved to suit varying tastes. Added to this is the fact that wood can actually co-exist very well with other material types, such as glass. Many glass doors are ably supported by beautifully finished frames constructed from wood.