Choosing new exterior and interior doors is important during any home renovation or construction project. Two popular options – wood and WPC (wood-plastic composite) doors – offer unique benefits. Let’s compare these materials to key factors to make the ideal selection for your needs.
In terms of aesthetics, wood doors provide a classic, elegant look that fits many home styles. Wood types like oak, maple, cedar, etc., offer diverse grains and colors matching different decors. However, wood requires regular maintenance to keep its beauty and can warp or crack over time.
WPC doors frame contain a mix of reclaimed wood and recycled plastics to achieve a remarkably realistic wood visual without the downsides. Thanks to technological advances, WPC doors now mimic the texture and depth of wood with great attention to detail. Customers find the visual appeal of WPC doors often rivals real wood.
Wood doors come in softwoods and hardwoods with differing durability – softwoods require more maintenance and wear more quickly from weather and use. Solid hardwoods like teak are highly durable but also pricier. All wood will eventually show signs of wear.
On the other hand, WPC contains high-density polymer resins that make doors highly resistant to dents, scratches, and weathering. They retain color and shape while resisting moisture and insect damage. The blend of materials creates durability, surpassing either wood or plastic alone. WPC doors simply last longer.
Wood doors typically require significant maintenance to uphold their visual appeal and performance through regular painting, restaining, sealing, and replacing warped or cracked sections. Otherwise, moisture causes wood to expand, shrink, and deteriorate quickly.
Alternatively, WPC doors are designed to be ultra-low-maintenance. The polymer resins protect the door from moisture, so expansion, shrinking, and cracking don’t occur. No restraining or sealing is needed, just occasional cleaning. WPC retains its factory finish for decades with minimal upkeep required.
On the initial purchase price, unfinished low-end wood doors may cost slightly less than WPC, but they require extensive finishing. Solid wood doors with high-quality finishes can cost much more than WPC. WPC becomes very competitive when comparing finished, installed prices while still significantly undercutting top-tier real wood doors.
But the bigger cost difference comes in long-term maintenance. The continuous resealing, repairing, and replacing that wood doors require makes their lifetime cost ownership higher than extremely low-maintenance WPCs. WPC delivers better value When weighing 10-20-year costs.
Regarding sustainability, wood doors source raw material from tree harvesting, which depletes forests if not responsibly managed. Some exotic wood types also raise ethical sourcing concerns. But wood is biodegradable. Manufacturing does produce pollution, but responsible companies follow best practices.
WPC doors utilize recycled wood and plastic waste to reduce landfill impact. Production is designed to minimize carbon footprint through renewable energy and optimized processes. And WPC lasts longer, so it needs replacing less often than wood. For eco-minded buyers, WPC offers sustainability benefits.
Regarding overall performance – combining durability, appearance over time, insulation, and strength – wood and WPC can deliver excellent results when manufactured to high standards. Individual needs around noise insulation, fire rating, and impact resistance may suit one material.
There are excellent reasons to choose either wood or WPC doors, depending on your priorities. WPC board makes a fantastic choice for cost-effective, durable, low-maintenance doors that add real visual appeal. To explore your door options, check out leading WPC manufacturers like JKD Plastics, who offer quality WPC products, including moldings, boards, and more. Their expertise helps create the perfect doors to match your vision, needs, and budget.