Doors can be constructed of many different materials, from the common wood door to the newer UPVC and fibreglass 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 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 that's 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.
Fibreglass doors are a relatively new addition to the market, offering excellent strength, waterproofing, soundproofing and insulation.
Glass doors look fantastic, although their performance in terms of things like insulation and strength depends very much on the way they're constructed.
Lead lighting and stained glass aren't cheap, but they can add a tremendous amount to a home in terms of character visual appeal.
UPVC can be used to construct solid, lightweight doors, but it's more commonly used as a strong, cost effective framing material for things like glass doors.
Appearing almost exclusively as sliding wardrobe doors, mirrored doors help create the illusion of more space in bedrooms.
Cheaper and more lightweight than solid core doors, hollow core doors are often used for internal doors to keep costs down.