When it comes to fitting replacement doors to an old house or a modern house or apartment, it is all too easy to look no further than your local Do It Yourself (DIY) store and purchase a traditional four or six panel door in plain white. The problem is that whilst such doors are cheap to purchase and easy to fit due to their lightweight construction, they are not exactly what one would call solid and are actually quite easy to damage. This leads me on to another problem in that many of these cheap doors are actually made out of a corrugated paper core, covered in a thin wood effect skin, but if that skin is damaged it can prove impossible to repair and result in the entire door having to be replaced. So whilst they are cheap and easy to paint they are not designed to have a long life.
Oak doors on the other hand are at the opposite end of the scale, being a hardwood door they are incredibly tough and can last for decades if not even hundreds of years as some medieval houses are testament to. However there is a common misconception that they are extremely expensive to buy, however you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that an Oak door can be yours for under £100.
Now do not get me wrong they are not going to be as easy to fit as a cheap door from your local DIY store will be, and due to the weight of them you may need a friend to assist you in fitting them. However if you fit them correctly that is quite probably the last time you will ever need to touch the fixings on them again as the door will most likely outlive your own lifetime.
Yet the majority of modern oak doors are not now actually solid oak, but this has a twofold benefit as firstly it keeps the cost of them down to an acceptable level and secondly it reduces the weight of them dramatically compared to a solid door. Further good news is that it is the modern composite cores used to build modern Oak doors are equally strong if not stronger than a solid door would be.
More good news comes in the fact that modern Oak doors are available in a wide range of styles from contemporary through to traditional ones.