Wood Species

When you need the right species for an exterior or interior custom wood door, Traditional Door has the perfect option for your home.

Choosing the best species for your custom wood door is no easy task. There are a
variety of factors to consider—including the door’s location, its application, its
surroundings, and more.

Fortunately, there are various wood types of custom interior doors and exterior doors alike. At Traditional Door, we carry some of the most popular options. What’s more, we have a team of professional design experts who are ready to help you choose the best species for your custom wood door and give you a final product that makes you proud.

Some of the most popular wood species on the market include the following:


Alder is primarily used for interior doors and is one of the more affordable wood species available. Although it has a prominent wood grain, its light colour makes it a strong candidate for various stains.


Accoya wood is renowned for its exceptional durability and sustainability, making it an ideal choice for door applications. Treated with a unique acetylation process, Accoya wood offers remarkable resistance to rot, decay, and insect damage, ensuring longevity, especially in exterior settings. With its unparalleled performance and environmental credentials, Accoya wood stands as a top-tier option for those seeking high-quality, sustainable door materials.


Ash is extremely versatile, as it can be used for both interior and exterior doors. It is not only durable but also very inexpensive, sharing a similar grain to that of mahogany at a fraction of the cost.


Birch is best reserved for interior doors, as it is not very weather resistant. Similar to maple, it has a golden colour and very mild wood grain. Because it is often knotty, it doesn’t always accept wood stains or paint well.


Cedar is a popular option for exterior doors, as it is highly weather resistant and moderately priced. This wood species is very durable and requires little maintenance.


Cherry is a hardwood that is beloved for its beautiful reddish wood tones and relatively fine grain. Its rich colour can be preserved with a light stain.


Hickory is one of the strongest and densest wood species on the market, making it a great option for both exterior and interior doors. Its medium brown colour can be left unfinished or paired with a light wood stain.


Mahogany is one of the most recognizable hardwoods, thanks to its dark brown hue and tight wood grain. Although more expensive than many other species, mahogany is both durable and versatile.


Maple is used for both interior and exterior custom wood doors, thanks to its incredible hardness and shock-resistant qualities. Similar to birch, it has a light golden colour and tight wood grain.


Oak is a sturdy hardwood that is used for both exterior and certain interior doors. While there are various species of oak, red and white and the most popular options.


Pine is used almost exclusively for interior doors, as it is not the most weather-resistant wood species. It is, however, both durable and relatively affordable.


Poplar is another affordable option for interior doors. Like alder, it has a light colour that allows it to pair well with wood stains and paints. Its wood grain, however, is more
obscure than most.


Walnut is one of the best wood types of custom interior doors, as it has a very distinct dark brown colour that pairs well with a light stain.

Do you need help choosing the best wood species for doors in your home?

Contact the experts at Traditional Door today. We will make sure you receive the perfect custom wood door for your home! For more information or to receive a quote, contact us today! Submit a form online or give us a call at (416) 747-1992