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While wooden entry doors are generally less secure and durable than steel or fiberglass doors, they still withstand wear and tear well when properly maintained. If you're a DIYer with the right tools and the help of a friend, installing a wooden exterior door can be a project worth tackling yourself. Solid wood doors are more expensive than hollow-core or even solid-core doors, but they can stand the test of time. If you have experience with DIY projects, installing a wooden exterior door can be a task you can do.
Wood is also an incredibly strong and versatile material that can be customized to meet your specific needs, making it ideal for an exterior door. Hollow-core doors are made of fiberboard or medium density wood, filled with honeycomb-shaped cardboard or pieces of wood, providing stability and durability. Most of the cost of this project depends on the door you select, so whether you do it yourself or call a professional, expect custom doors to cost much more. They have a higher perceived value and are made of a more durable, higher-quality material: medium density fibreboard (MDF), engineered wood with wood veneer.
Exterior doors are available in several types of wood, such as oak, cherry, walnut, ash, mahogany, maple, cedar and pine.