Doors are used to screen areas of a building for aesthetics,keeping formal and utility areas separate.Doors also have an aesthetic role in creating an impression of what lies beyond.Doors are often symbolically endowed withritual purposes,and the guarding or receiving of the keys to a door,or being granted access to a door can have special significance .
Doors can be constructed of many different materials, from the common wood door to the newer UPVC and fiber glass models which are currently finding their way into homes across Australia. Getting the choice right for the material, especially on exterior facing doors like the front entryway, is critical for the longevity and appearance of the door.
Solid Core timber doors
Solid core wooden doors are heavily constructed doors made from whole bits of timber. These doors are most commonly used as front entrance doors or where soundproofing, insulation or security are important.
Aluminium is a lightweight, strong, durable and affordable material thats often used to construct security doors and garage doors. On its own, aluminium is a poor insulator and conducts heat easily.
No material on the market is tougher than steel. Steel offers outstanding security, and is commonly used in the construction of screen doors and grilles.
Glass doors look fantastic, although their performance in terms of things like insulation and strength depends very much on the way theyre constructed.
UPVC can be used to construct solid, lightweight doors, but its more commonly used as a strong, cost effective framing material for things like glass doors.
Cheaper and more lightweight than solid core doors, hollow core doors are often used for internal doors to keep costs down.
Fibreglass doors are a relatively new addition to the market, offering excellent strength, waterproofing, soundproofing and insulation.
Lead lighting and stained glass arent cheap, but they can add a tremendous amount to a home in terms of character visual appeal.
Appearing almost exclusively as sliding wardrobe doors, mirrored doors help create the illusion of more space in bedrooms.