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May 12, 2011

Your front door is what guests see first when they arrive at your house--and the first impression your home makes on those ringing your doorbell. The most classic and durable choice for a front exterior entrance is solid wood.

The species of wood you select should fit with the look you want and how much you are willing to spend. A local contractor may be able to help you determine the types and styles of wood doors to consider for your home.

There is a wide variety of solid woods used for exterior doors, including mahogany, oak, cherry, and maple.

Mahogany

Mahogany is extremely hard, durable, rot-resistant, and ideal for cold weather environments or where exterior entrances are exposed to harsh elements. The look of mahogany wood is elegant, with beautiful rich-looking grains.

Oak

Oak can come in red or white and is a sophisticated choice for a front door. Oak is a very dense hardwood that makes an extremely durable door. The grains of the red oak are pink or reddish in tone; white oak is darker with a less porous grain.

Cherry

This wood species is classically American with a rich, beautiful grain that gets darker with age. If you choose cherry for your front door, make sure you do not paint over the wood and cover its beautiful patina.

Maple

Maple doors have a smooth, light-colored grain. While maple is quite durable against harsh outdoor elements, it is recommended that a maple front door be protected with an overhang to prevent weather damage. This is a good door to paint or finish with a varnish of your choice.

Your front door is what guests see first when they arrive at your house--and the first impression your home makes on those ringing your doorbell. The most classic and durable choice for a front exterior entrance is solid wood.

The species of wood you select should fit with the look you want and how much you are willing to spend. A local contractor may be able to help you determine the types and styles of wood doors to consider for your home.

There is a wide variety of solid woods used for exterior doors, including mahogany, oak, cherry, and maple.

Mahogany

Mahogany is extremely hard, durable, rot-resistant, and ideal for cold weather environments or where exterior entrances are exposed to harsh elements. The look of mahogany wood is elegant, with beautiful rich-looking grains.

Oak

Oak can come in red or white and is a sophisticated choice for a front door. Oak is a very dense hardwood that makes an extremely durable door. The grains of the red oak are pink or reddish in tone; white oak is darker with a less porous grain.

Cherry

This wood species is classically American with a rich, beautiful grain that gets darker with age. If you choose cherry for your front door, make sure you do not paint over the wood and cover its beautiful patina.

Maple

Maple doors have a smooth, light-colored grain. While maple is quite durable against harsh outdoor elements, it is recommended that a maple front door be protected with an overhang to prevent weather damage. This is a good door to paint or finish with a varnish of your choice.

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