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Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of doors

Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of doors
February 01
06:12 2016

There are large varieties of doors and windows which can either be manufactured or are available in the market for ready fixing. Based on the material of manufacture, some of their types along with their main feature, advantages and disadvantages are given here to facilitate easy selection for the house owner.

Glass Doors advantages of doors Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of doors Glass Doors Advantages and disadvantages of Glass Doors

Glass is usually provided for doors and Windows, mostly for panelling. However if the owner so desires, doors can be made out of glass for specific locations. Normally such doors are provided on the backside of the house as it provides unobstructed view of the backyard or garden.

Front doors made of glass are equally beautiful, but care should be taken to ensure both privacy and durability. Cut glass panels set into wooden frames are a frequent and beautiful option for front doors. Such doors are costly and require good maintenance.

They are usually heavier than other doors besides being costly.

Advantages of Glass Doors:

  • The glass doors add richness, light, beauty and charm to any doorway in your home.
  • They do not swell from exposure to moisture, bring visual openness, easy cleaning.
  • Are resistant to termites and other insects.
  • Cannot rust, peel, come off, or corrode.

Disadvantages of Glass Doors:

  • Glass doors need curtains to install along with them to attain privacy.
  • They are easily broken when there is a high blow.

Plastic Doors advantages of doors Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of doors Plastic Doors Advantages and disadvantages of Plastic Doors

The advantages of using plastic doors are that they are termite proof, durable, anti corrosive, light weight, moisture resistant etc. They are also easy to fabricate and install.

However they are not suited for entry doors as they are very light in weight, not weather proof like wooden or metal doors, also they cannot resist the harsh environmental conditions.

Such doors are available in the market and can prove to be economical when compared with wooden doors.

Advantages of Plastic Doors:

  • Plastic panel doors are widely used in bathrooms, toilets, and kitchens all over the country.
  • These all plastic doors offer the following advantages:
  • Termite proof
  • Tough and durable
  • Anti corrosive
  • Light weight
  • Maintenance free
  • Superb quality
  • Have a pleasing appearance
  • Chemical and moisture resistant
  • Available in wide range of colors.

Disadvantages of Plastic Doors:

  • Plastic doors are not suitable for entry doors as they are of very light weight and not weather proof as wooden or metal doors are.
  • They cannot resist the harsh environment conditions.

Iron Doors advantages of doors Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of doors Iron Doors Advantages and disadvantages of Iron Doors

Steel or other such metal has been used for years as they are efficient and are a sturdy option for exterior and interior doors alike. These doors can be either be solid or hollow.

It has been found to be a good substitute for wood and is being used extensively for making frames. The frames can be made out of angles, Tee, channels or pressed steel plates.

Advantages of Iron Doors:

  • Tough and durable
  • Available in various types i.e. cast iron, wrought iron etc.
  • Provide high security
  • Resistant to termite attack

Disadvantages of Iron Doors:

  • Rust and corrode easily when exposed to water and air
  • Need high finish (paint etc.) to prevent rusting.
  • Iron is good conductor of heat, It become very hot to touch in hot days.

Wooden Doors advantages of doors Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of doors Wooden Doors Advantages and disadvantages of Wooden Doors

Traditionally, timber or wood as it is popularly known has been the mainstay for the manufacture of doors. Its main advantage has been local availability of material and the ease with which it can be made by the local carpenters.

Presently large varieties of wood are available in the market and its selection should be made based on the properties of longevity and the budget of the house owner. Although they can be used for all locations in the house, they are best placed for exterior locations.

Timber is most commonly being used for making of doors.

Advantages Wooden Doors:

  • Wooden doors provide beauty, warmth and style.
  • Wood provides insulation that is 400 times more effective than steel and 1800 times more effective than aluminum.
  • Wood is the most environmental friendly of the major materials used in today’s building industry.
  • Wooden windows and doors are easy to install. They adjust easily with simple carpentry.
  • Wooden windows and doors provide long life. They don’t rust or corrode in any kind of environment.
  • They can be cleaned easily by washing simply and they can be completely refinished, if needed.

Disadvantages of Wooden Doors:

  • Wooden doors are more prone to termite attack than iron doors.

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