As you are probably aware, there are many different materials for front doors. You can choose a traditional wood door, or one constructed from steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or other materials. You can choose solid wood or engineered wood, which has a high-end wood veneer over a lower-grade wood core. At DSA Doors, we manufacture Master-Crafted solid wood doors. Drawing on centuries of tradition and decades of experience, we know that a solid wood door is one of the best investments a homeowner can make in their home.
Safety is an important concern before moving into a new home or purchasing a front door. Solid wood doors are incredibly strong and resistant to break-in attempts. Averaging around 150 pounds, solid wood doors do not budge easily. Wood is so hearty that it’s difficult to even dent. It takes a lot more than a kick or shove to force open.
Your door also must be secure against weather and wind conditions. Depending on your location, you may even need an impact-rated, DP-50 or DP-70 door. DSA Doors are subjected to extreme testing conditions that simulate hurricane-force winds to ensure their safety and reliability.
Damages to metal and veneered doors are not easily repairable, while solid wood doors can be sanded and refinished multiple times. In addition to their repairability, DSA Doors are constructed for maximum durability. Our proprietary 11-ply floating panel core and finger joint laminated rails protect against warping and splitting for years to come.
Each wood door is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Wood is a warm natural material that will welcome each guest to your home for years to come. Since wood doors have been produced for centuries, there is a wide range of designs and options available to choose from. At DSA Doors, we have over 30 Standard Door collections to choose from. Our Custom Design Team can help you design your perfect door, from timber to panel design and custom glass. In addition to design options, wood doors can be re-stained when updating the style of your home, which is not available for almost any other material.
Sustainably sourced wood is one of the most environmentally friendly materials currently available because it is a natural carbon sink and is truly renewable. DSA Doors exclusively uses sustainably sourced timber, which is managed in an environmentally, socially and economically beneficial manner.
We also feature innovative door collections with CLPF construction, which replaces our solid hardwood cores with an energy-efficient foam core for the highest thermal performance. To further increase thermal efficiency, all our doors have a complimentary low-emissivity (Low E) double-coating on the glass, which minimizes the amount of heat and UV light that comes
through your glass without minimizing the visible light entering your home.
In order to preserve your door for generations to come, there are two main factors to consider when purchasing a wood door.
The first is sun exposure. To limit your door’s sun exposure, a protective overhang is required for wood doors and suggested for all exterior doors. The overhang needs to extend at least half the distance from the base of the door to the bottom of the overhang. So, if your overhang is 10 feet from the base of your door, it needs to extend at least 5 feet in order to provide adequate protection. Manufacturers typically require a suitable overhang in warranty documentation. DSA’s Wynstellar Collection, which features high-performance acetylated Accoya wood, does not require an overhang and is a good choice for exterior doors subjected to harsh climates and conditions.
The second consideration to preserve your wood door is regular maintenance. One of the most important aspects of regular maintenance is keeping up with your door’s protective clear coat. If the clear coat degrades, your door’s stain and wood become vulnerable to the elements. Depending on your weather and overhang coverage, your door should be maintained at least once a year or whenever you feel the clear coat is wearing off. Simply clean your door, lightly sand, then apply another clear coat. You can apply 2-3 coats for maximum protection, letting each coat dry before applying another.