Door Frame Materials: Wood, Vinyl or Metal?

4 / October

Thinking what door frame materials are the best for your home? In general you have three choices: wood, vinyl and metal. These are all durable and common in many Sydney homes. However, there are small differences which we’ll discuss in this short article.

Why choose a metal door frame?

Metals such as aluminium are known to be durable. They last for years without any sign of deformation or warping. They withstand the test of time even when exposed to moisture, rain, wind and other weather elements.

However, aluminium can be vulnerable to corrosion (e.g. reaction to salt water and salt air). It’s an indirect process wherein salt crystals can initiate other reactions. The bottom line is aluminium is a strong material, but it still has its own downsides.


Vinyl door frames are also strong and lightweight. Another advantage is that it doesn’t corrode. That’s because it’s made from a strong polymer (PVC) which is virtually non-reactive to most common elements.

There’s a reason PVC is used in piping and a lot of other materials. PVC or polyvinyl chloride (where the name vinyl comes from) has excellent physical properties. It resists acids, alkalis and many inorganic chemicals, which makes it ideal for many applications (especially those that require constant exposure to different elements).

However, vinyl frames often only come up in plain designs and colours. Elaborate designs might be impossible with the frames. This could be a major issue if you’re looking for more customisation and personalisation.

Why many prefer wood

This is where wood frames are superior. They offer a lot of versatility because joinery experts can create something unique for your home. They can create personalised designs that better match your taste and lifestyle.

Although wood frames require more maintenance than other materials, these complement most forms of architecture. You can have a unique and elaborate door frame that adds beauty to your home’s entryway.

Wood door frame materials

In Sydney and other areas, homeowners have a natural inclination for wood. It’s more sophisticated and offers a lot more versatility.

Here at Signature Joinery & Design, we expertly join and craft a door frame specifically designed for your home and lifestyle. For over 30 years, we’ve been specialising in woodwork for residential and commercial projects. Contact us today and let’s discuss your ideas and requirements.

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