Understanding Woodgrains for Your Entry Door
Homeowners love the warmth natural wood brings to the interior of their home, and now that trend has made its way to home exteriors. Technology has allowed fiberglass and steel doors to mimic the woodgrain texture perfectly of natural wood so homeowners can get the look of natural wood while benefiting from a different material. With the variety of woodgrains, finishing options like stains and solid paints, and uses for wood, predictions are that wood accents on exteriors will continue to gain popularity.
When selecting a door, it's essential to understand the various woodgrains and how they can bring a natural element to your home's entrance. Waudena® offers textured fiberglass and steel doors with 11 woodgrain finishes and 45 paint color options to fit every exterior design need.
Why Woodgrain Matters
Traditionally woodgrain symbolizes strength and how a stain will hold, but as other materials have been created to mimic natural wood, woodgrain is now a symbol of comfort and nature. A woodgrain is comprised of alternating dark and light wood that is created through the seasonal growth patterns. Woodgrain doors mimic this look with state-of-the-art processes (watch how our fiberglass skins are made). Picking the right woodgrain for your front door gives a good base for your finish and compliments the overall aesthetic of your exterior. There are a few distinct grain types that give each species its unique characteristics:
- Straight: The grain runs in a single direction
- Irregular: A varying pattern of woodgrains that can include any grain type. The patterns are often caused by knots in the wood.
- Closed: Smaller pores create a natural smooth finish
- Open: Large pores give these species distinct grain patterns
Let’s break down the different wood species in Waudena’s exterior door line:
This wood is known for its reddish-brown hue and boasts a beautiful, smooth closed woodgrain that comes to life when a woodgrain finish is applied. Cherry is available in our Timbergrain Fiberglass series.
Inspired by the timeless appeal of craftsman architecture, Fir doors can help make a grand statement in your home. These doors are perfect for homeowners who want the look of a wood door but a subtle texture. Fir has a straight grain pattern and is available in our Timbergrain Fiberglass, Timberline Textured Fiberglass, and Heritage Wood series.
While Mahogany has straight, even grain lines, it stands out due to its natural, deep red base giving a subtle warmth tone to any woodgrain finish. Mahogany is available in our Timbergrain Fiberglass series.
The most popular and easier to recognize wood species, Oak, features a prominent open woodgrain with distinctive dark rings. Oak is a classic wood species that adds instant curb appeal to any exterior design. Oak is available in our Timbergrain Fiberglass, Timberline Textured Fiberglass, and Norwood Textured Steel series.
Choosing a Color
Picking a color for your front door is important - it shows off your personality and is a gateway into your home.
We offer 11 woodgrain finishes for Timbergrain Fiberglass, Timberline Textured Fiberglass, and Norwood Steel series. These finishes give the look of a real stained wood door and are the perfect solution for achieving the richness and beauty of wood without the maintenance. Our woodgrain finishes are protected with a clear polyurethane coat with UV inhibitors to provide lasting protection.
Additionally, we offer 45 solid colors, as well as a custom color option, to give endless possibilities for bringing your exterior dreams to life. A bold color, like Red Velvet, tells visitors you are welcoming and a dark color, like Symphony, exudes elegance.
Selecting a Door Series
Once you have narrowed down which woodgrain fits your exterior, select a doors series that will last and fits your lifestyle. Check out our Fiberglass vs. Steel Doors blog to learn more.