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What Should I Consider When Buying Oak Interior Doors?

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Oak interior doors are some of the most in-demand types of doors on the market. Whether it is the durability and longevity of the door or the ornate patterns it possesses, the doors seem to make a statement about style no matter what their setting. Even with oak interior doors, there are plenty of options to consider.

Like many types of wood doors, oak interior doors have many options to choose from. Even without staining, there are a number of different colors. Those looking at oak should know that colors range from very light beige to dark tan. Red oak, for example, is one of the lighter colors, whereas white oak is a little darker. It may seem like that is counterintuitive, but remember the name of the oak tree has more to do with the outward appearance, rather than what the interior wood may look like.

Another thing to consider with oak interior doors is whether it should be painted. Many home improvement professionals may think painting an oak door is tantamount to sacrilege. This is different than many other types of wood doors. Indeed, the pattern of the grain, with elegant swirls and arches, may make a nice visual feature. While it may not ever become a conversation piece, it may create a certain atmosphere.

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Those who are interested in oak interior doors should also understand it is just as easy to maintain an oak door as it is nearly any other type of door, wood or otherwise. Oak interior doors coated with a varnish and preservative from time to time will likely have an increased lifespan. This only has to be done once every few years. Even without this treatment, the door will likely last for many decades.

Another thing to consider is security. Oak doors are one of the most solid products out there. While security is not as big of a deal for interior doors, it could be in some office situations. Oak doors will pose a significant barrier to any unauthorized person who is trying to get through. Some other types of doors will not offer this same security.

It should be understood that for those looking for the most inexpensive choice, oak interior doors will not rate very highly on the list. However, these doors will cost more money, but they will also provide more value. There will be no need to replace the door in ten years, as long as it is not abused. Further, oak doors will add overall value to the home, should the owner decide to sell.

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