Engineered doors or traditional wooden doors?

Are engineered doors better than traditional wooden or 'solid wood' doors?
Do engineered doors last longer?
Are engineered doors solid?


The easy answer is yes, yes and yes!

As a timber engineered door supplier obviously we will always answer yes to these questions however below we will go through some of these questions in more detail and explain why the modern technology used in engineered timbers results in a far superior end product.

Are engineered doors better than traditional wooden or 'solid wood' doors?
 

Although many more manufacturing processes are involved to purposely create a more superior product, the word engineered can often put people off a product as it can relate to 'cheaply made' products from the past however this is certainly not the case with engineered timber products of today.

To start with, engineered doors are often still solid wood and are not one or the other but both.
The idea behind engineered doors is that the finished product is a much more stable, reliable, stronger and longer lasting product. This is because the product has been designed to be better than its predecessor.
With traditional wood working processes, the rails and styles, and even the panels of the door to a certain extent, are 'machined' from a single slab (or slice if you prefer) of tree.
Although cut, planed, joined and sanded to a flat equal calibrated finish, over time solid wood will 'breath'. Meaning it will absorb and expel moisture from its environment (especially between damp winter seasons and warm dry summer seasons)
Over time this process causes timber to 'cup', twist, split and degrade ultimately resulting in a poor fitting door.
Engineered timber is produced using many different and opposing timber grains (much like a wooden or oak worktop in a kitchen) All of these separate pieces of timber work against each other in the same way as described above, however as they are all working in the same manor this results in a more balanced and over all stable out come.

Do engineered doors last longer?
 

As solid doors are made of whole intersecting pieces, there is an inherent strength that comes from the construction. They are, however, susceptible to environmental changes such as variations in humidity and temperature. Exposure to factors like these can cause a solid door to warp or bow, making it twist, split and gradually lose shape.

By having layers of timber running in different directions, an engineered core is able to evenly distribute any stress applied to it. This makes an engineered door far more stable than its solid counterpart. This modern construction technique also provides better thermal insulation than that offered by more traditional methods.

It’s highly likely that an engineered set will out-perform your solid option for less money, and, as building regulations call for better thermal insulation, your final decision could end up being a no brainer.

Are engineered doors solid?

Yes. Solid wood engineered doors are often solidcore meaning the 'insides' of the door are timber throughout. The lippings and surface veneers of these doors are to provide a clean, colour balanced finish, meaning your new engineered door is not only more suitable to changes in the environment and longer lasting, but also has no unsightly shakes or knots on the faces of the product.