Wooden entry doors may come with a beautiful wood grain pattern, providing a high-end look. Wood is versatile, can be easily repaired and does not conduct outside temperatures.
Despite wood's advantages when used as a front entry door, it is not always a homeowner's first choice due to its limitations. Wood entry doors are more expensive than steel or fiberglass doors. and wood absorbs moisture, meaning it is likely to bow or warp over time. Wood is not energy efficient and requires regular maintenance to keep it looking good.
Wood doors are not always made from a solid piece of wood. They typically have a laminate on either side and a piece of thicker wood in the middle. However, solid wood doors are sometimes available, and these doors are the most secure doors a homeowner can buy. Even so, they are also the most expensive doors sold as of 2015, and a solid wood door from a reputable manufacturer may cost up to 10 times the cost of a steel or fiberglass door.
Homeowners can avoid many of these disadvantages by purchasing a quality, solid wood door and avoiding those doors that are poorly constructed. Properly cared for with regular annual maintenance, a solid wood door can last for years and stay as beautiful as it was on the day of purchase.