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What door with timber cladding?

We thought we’d revisit the very popular blog from last year about choosing doors for houses with cladding but this time with a few more images.

The Dilema: what door will look right? There are a variety of questions to answer and decisions to make.

The list of questions I ask my customers and information I give, runs something like this:

  1. Is the cladding being left to weather or is it being treated? This determines whether or not it’s necessary that the front door matches the cladding. Usually if cladding is going to be left to silver, the finish of the door is easier to choose. If the cladding is going to be finished to keep it’s original colour, then matching or going for a painted finish works better. However, there is also the option to go for an opposite colour completely – for example – choosing a dark wood like wenge or fumed oak to work with western red cedar cladding.
  2. Is the cladding going to be horizontally or vertically boarded or even both? A lot of customers believe that everything should match but in reality, the door can be more of a focal point if the boarding is going a different direction. This also reduces the difficulty of matching the door exactly to cladding that comes right up to the door.
  3. If the house has a lot of cladding, it’s also worth considering not going down the hardwood look and going for a painted RAL finish. This works particularly well if the house has more than 50% cladding over the surface of it. Making this choice, breaks up the timber look and creates even more of a focal point.

If you have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to call us in the office to discuss.

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