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A quick glance at our stock will tell you that we really know our doors here at Savoy Timber. Our experienced fitters and joiners happily field questions from our customers every day, and over time we’ve noticed that there are one or two that pop up time and time again. Of these, many of them revolve around the core differences between oak internal doors and pine varieties, so this week on the blog we’re listing some of the most crucial stuff to know. It’s worth a look – it could well be the tipping point in helping you make a decision between them!
First and foremost, oak is a hardwood, which means that right off the bat it’s heavier and generally very wear-resistant. Oak trees grow quite slowly and require significant time and effort to harvest properly, so final products like our oak internal doors reflect that in their prices. However, you can also see this in their durability and longevity – once they’re fitted, you can count on them to last a good long while.
Compared to other wood varieties, oak is also generally darker, resulting in oak internal doors having deeper and richer hues and colour schemes. Oak doors are often stained in order to bring out these darker hues even further, making them exceptionally well suited if you’re going for more of a rustic country look for your home. What’s more, oak internal doors have a substantial grain, making their texture clear to the touch. It’s just one more aspect which gives them such character!
Pine is a softwood, which makes it moderately heavy but still lighter than hardwoods like oak. It’s also a notably stiff material, which makes it great for resisting shock and sudden impacts. (Anyone with a pet or small child in the house can probably see the benefits here!) Because pine grows at a faster rate than oak, pine internal doors are generally lower in price than oak internal doors – although it’s worth remembering that there are lots of other factors that affect pricing, too! While the initial cost is slightly lower, pine doors aren’t known to be as exceptionally long-lived as oak internal doors, so you may also need to take that into account. Having said that, they’re far from flimsy.
Many of our customers find that pine holds a lot of aesthetic value for their homes, with light, airy colours that range from a creamy white to a deeper yellowish. Due to the nature of the grain in pine internal doors, they’re also smooth to the touch, and perfect for giving your home a cheerful, breezy sort of feel.
Still can’t choose between them? Maybe it’ll be helpful to see them in the flesh – you can pop into any one of our DIY stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan to see our stock for yourself. Plus, if you have any questions or queries, you can count on our friendly members of staff to always be around to help you out.
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