Urban Front - Contemporary Front Doors UK


To maintain or not to maintain

The choice of hardwood you make for your door isn’t just about design, it’s very much about how raw you want that door to look and feel. Nowadays a lot of our customers want their door to be as natural as possible especially when they are matching to cladding and/or internal doors. Or essentially if they’d like the door to make a particular statement of its own.

Did you know that you can achieve that raw silver grey look using an anti-fungal oil similar to what you would use on decking to avoid black patching? The downside however is that once weathered there is no way back and you need to expect some hairline splits here and there and an overall aged silver but contemporary look, plus you would need to treat the door every few years. Yes, I know, sounds like a crazy thing to do but a lot of our customers do it and if you have the courage to do it, it can look great. It’s important to be careful though as some hardwoods change colour dramatically if not treated with some sort of stain or lacquer. Examples of this are Wenge and American Black Walnut which both become blonder after being in sunlight for over a few months. Iroko and Western Red Cedar however turn more brown, but all of these woods will eventually grey and silver if they are treated with the anti-fungal oil. 

So how do the doors usually come as standard? Basically with four layers of lacquer which should mean that you don’t have to finish the door for up to 3-6 years. This all depends however on the location of your house and door in the building. Does it get a lot of rain/sun? Does it have a porch or overhang over it? If it doesn’t and you live by the sea, it might mean maintenance has to be nearly every two years. 

Natural products do need some tender, love and care. You do however gain a product that lives and breathes as part of your building and lasts a very long time – up to 30 years and much longer if properly maintained. Natural hardwood can outlive most other materials. I’ve always considered doors like pieces of furniture – they should in theory get better with age!! All you have to do is decide whether or not you are willing to put in some TLC throughout its life.