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When the time comes to buy an internal door for your home, it’s worth more than just an off-the-cuff decision. Doors play a more important part in our lives than many of us give them credit for – they’re one of those things that you’d notice if they were gone! This week on the blog, we’re looking over a just a couple of the main reasons why the decision is worthy of a bit of thought.
OK, we’re not necessarily talking about protection in the sense of diving in front of bullets – although you have to admit that would be something to see – but more in the sense of everyday protection. Doors are our first line of defence against intruders (and possibly certain salespeople). Almost every modern security devices, whether a low-tech bolt or a high-tech alarm, takes the door into account when assessing the security of the house.
The average door doesn’t even have to be especially sturdy to do this job; a closed door is a universal symbol of ‘do not disturb’, even inside the house, and just its presence alone is enough to deter unwanted visitors.
The usefulness of an internal door can’t be overstated when ensuring the safety of pets or younger family members. A good-quality internal door allows you to keep young children in the playroom while you answer the phone, safe in the knowledge that you won’t come back to find them experimenting with the knife rack in the kitchen next door.
But that’s the obvious stuff. Less obviously, doors are surprisingly handy in the event of a fire. It won’t hold the flames at bay forever, but it certainly makes itself a major obstacle, buying time for you to get yourself and your family to safety. Flames need oxygen to survive, and by shutting all the doors in a room you can restrict the airflow, ensuring it gets as little as possible and slowing down its spread. And you know what they say – there’s usually no fire without thick, black smoke (well, it’s sort of what they say). Doors block the worst effects of this, too, so you inhale as little as possible while you get yourself outside.
All this talk about fire brings us onto a related but less perilous topic – internal doors are an excellent temperature control device in day-to-day life. You can shut out chilly breezes with draught excluders in winter, or open all the doors in a room to let out accumulated heat in summer, cooling everything down.
They’re also a brilliant control of light into a room. A quick fact for you – as humans, we’re hardwired to respond more positively to natural light than we are to artificial light. That’s why it’s always nicer to come home to a naturally brighter room after a long day at work. The panelled design of many of our contemporary oak internal doors is perfect for letting the maximum amount of light into a room without compromising anything in security.
One of the greatest things about internal doors is that they provide a brilliant extra opportunity to stamp your own personal style onto your property. Whether you’re going for a more contemporary look for your home, or you prefer a more authentically rustic style, you can mix or match the look of your internal doors to match. And what’s more, we pride ourselves on offering consistently cost-effective prices on all our products here at Savoy Timber, so you can get the look for less.
Click here to browse our extensive range of internal doors, or alternatively you can read our last blog post, which is full of our recommendations on the best examples of doors for a rustic property. Don’t forget, you’ve always got the option of popping into any one of our DIY stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan, where one of our friendly members of staff will be only too happy to lend a hand.
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