Different Types of Wood Doors

Different Types of Wood Doors

Doors wood adds a high-end look to any space and can be painted or stained to match your desired look. They also provide more insulation, keeping rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Begin by protecting a work surface and assembling the parts of your door panel. Create tenons for each location where a vertical member meets a horizontal member.


Mahogany doors are a beautiful and durable option for exterior doors. They increase the resale value of your home and look beautiful for years to come. However, like all wood doors, they require care. If you let them go without being stained or sealed, they will eventually begin to deteriorate. This deterioration is unnoticeable at first, but it will gradually chip away at the integrity of the door until it no longer performs as well as it did when new.

Mahogany is an exotic tropical wood that has vibrant red coloring once it ages. Its tensile strength, density, and rot resistance make it an excellent choice for doors that will endure decades of wear and tear. It is also easy to work with and can be carved or engraved to add personal flair and uniqueness. The best way to protect mahogany doors is to re-stain or seal them once a year. This takes less than 20 minutes and goes a long way to keeping your doors looking great and performing well.


Birch is a versatile hardwood that can be used to create a wide range of designs. It is a light wood that has dramatic color variation and a smooth grain. It can also feature character marks such as pin knots and mineral stains. It is resistant to rot and can stand up to a variety of tinted stains.

It is an ideal choice for doors because it has a high tensile and compressive strength. It is also relatively affordable and works well with various finishes. Birch is not recommended for outdoor use, however, as it has a lower resistance to the elements.

Paper birch, or Betula papyrifera in scientific terms, grows to 65-100 ft tall and 2-3 ft diameter. It has a similar appearance to other birches but with a more distinctive grain-figured pattern. It is hard and tough, easy to work with, and takes stain beautifully. It is a closed grain, meaning that it doesn’t have the rings of other open grain species, but it can look like ring-porous woods when sanded and sealed.

White Pine

Pine is a versatile wood that can be used in a wide range of interior doors and moldings. It is a softwood that is easy to work and stains well. It also offers sound-limiting qualities when used in interior doors. It was made Michigan’s official tree in 1955, marking the state’s long history of timber production.

Pine wood dries quickly and has little tendency to warp or check. It machines well, turns easily and planes smoothly. It glues and nails well, sands to a smooth finish, and accepts paint and stains evenly. It can be finished with a clear coat, or tinted to suit your style and décor.

Hickory is one of the hardest commercially available hardwoods. It has a dramatic pronounced wood grain pattern and often features character marks such as pin knots and mineral streaks. Its dramatic color variations can be minimized by applying darker stains or painted finishes.

White Oak

Oak is a favorite among architects, contractors, and home builders for its strong, beautiful look. Its density makes it extremely durable, and its natural water-repellent qualities make it resistant to rot and other damage. Oakwood ages gracefully over time, turning its wear into character traits that show off your home’s history.

White oak is harvested from sustainable forests with FSC or PEFC certification. These forest management practices promote ecological, social, and economic benefits for local communities. Using PEFC-certified wood for your door reduces your carbon footprint as well. One calculation found that manufacturing, kiln drying, and transporting a single white oak door from the U.S. to the UK offsets 155 kilograms of CO2.

AAW Doors offers a variety of options when it comes to doorwood, including quarter-sawn wood. This type of cut splits medullary rays running perpendicular to the grain, creating a distinctive decorative ribbon-like effect known as fleck or figure. These wildly variable color and pattern traits are completely permissible under Architectural Woodwork Standards and Window and Door Manufacturers Association grading guidelines.