Wood has been a mainstay in the history of doors, from interior to commercial wood doors, frames, and other architectural openings, since the very beginning.
Wood can invoke warmth and a sense of home that we can all relate to. From modern to minimalist design, wood can elicit luxury or even an elaborate traditional look. Of course, commercial design trends are shifting toward more residential elements for offices and other workspaces. We could see even more wood replacing colder and more institutional-like surfaces such as steel.
The disadvantages of real wood doors
Despite its beauty, how do you weigh its desirability with the downsides, like frequent maintenance? Also, consider the following:
- Sheer weight
- Wear and tear on expensive (and essential) hardware
No one wants any of that. All lead to increased maintenance, repair, and even expensive replacement costs. Combine those with the effects of deforestation; wood loses its luster and all the beauty it once had.
The advantages of resilient wood grain aluminum and fiberglass doors
The good news is that aluminum and fiberglass doors that look like real (faux) wood can avoid these headaches.
Special-Lite’s Wood Expressions Decorative Finish on aluminum and realistic wood grain FRP face sheets provide the beauty and warmth of natural wood with the uncompromising durability expected in a Special-Lite door.
Where commercial wood grain doors are found
You have probably seen them already and didn’t even know it. Our ability to recreate historical and architectural wood doors is unmatched; some of the more common uses include:
- Government and public buildings
- Educational and institutional buildings
- Restaurants, hotels, and retail outlets
- Healthcare and assisted living facilities
Decorative Faux Wood Finish on Aluminum
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive more into the advantages of faux-wood aluminum building products.
Aluminum offers a high strength-to-weight ratio and excellent corrosion resistance. It is sustainable and infinitely recyclable.
Modern technology allows us to apply a wood grain finish to aluminum, providing the look of wood with the corrosion resistance of aluminum. Use the same wood grain finish on doors, windows, exterior panels, awnings, and more! It’s easy to clean and say goodbye to sanding, staining and clear-coating year after year.
How does faux-wood finish on aluminum work?
The coating most often used is a powder-coating and film transfer process.
Step 1: Apply a pretreatment to raw aluminum.
Step 2: Powder paint is applied, and heat polymerizes the coating. The base coat protects the aluminum against weather, corrosion, abrasion, light, and humidity.
Step 3: A preprinted film transfer is wrapped around the product, and a vacuum removes the air.
Step 4: Finally, a specialized oven completes sublimation.
After cooling, the film is removed, producing a perfect wood grain finish on the product.
Wood Grain Fiberglass or FRP commercial wood door options
As we continue our exploration of wood grain doors, let’s take a deeper look at the products and options Special-Lite offers.
We are well known for our FRP doors, but this durable door face material comes in realistic wood grain textures as well! All our wood grain FRP door faces also have coordinating architectural panels to help you design a beautiful complete entrance.
Contemporary Cherry Wood Grain FRP Door Face
Ultra-realistic cherry flush wood grain door face, created with NVD technology, the latest innovation in wood grain replication.
Contemporary Cherry Wood Grain Fiberglass Doors color options are American Cherry, Dark Cherry, Dark Walnut, and Light Maple.
Rustic Oak Wood Grain FRP Door Face
Replicate the look of a rustic, flush-style wood door, right down to the realistic oak species wood grain detail.
Rustic Faux Wood Fiberglass Doors color options are Dark Maple, Oak, Chestnut, Teak, Mahogany, and Walnut.
Rustic Oak 6-Panel FRP Door Face
Our classic 6-Panel wood grain door face combines traditional styling with the advantages of modern engineering and materials.
Rustic Oak 6-Panel Fiberglass Doors color options are Dark Maple, Oak, Chestnut, Teak, Mahogany, and Walnut.