What is Oak Veneer? And Can it Match Solid Oak?

Oak Veneer vs Solid Oak

Veneer is a thin layer of wood, used to sandwich a thicker, more readily available piece of wood such as plywood. Veneer became popular during the Second World War, when certain types of wood - including oak - were in short supply. As an alternative, thin layers of oak were used to give the appearance of solid wood but without the associated cost and raw material requirement.

If you’re looking for new doors, oak veneer may be worth your consideration. But how does it compare to solid oak? What are the advantages and drawbacks of oak veneer?


Pros of Oak Veneer Doors Veneer Oak Door - Mexicano

First, let’s run through our top three advantages of oak veneer in comparison with solid oak:

  • Affordability: Veneer provides high-quality looks, but without the need for large amounts of expensive wood, the result is more affordable.
  • Greater detail: Intricate designs can be etched into veneer. This means you have a wider choice when it comes to customising the appearance of your door.
  • Seasonal durability: Oak veneer isn’t prone to splits along the grain, which can be caused by changes in climate. And with the unpredictable British weather, that can be a huge blessing!


Pros of Solid Oak Doors Solid Oak External Door - Ox-Bow

Solid oak has numerous plus points too - here’s what you need to know:

  • Quality: If you want the cream of the crop, there’s no replacement for solid oak doors. There’s simply no mistaking their hefty weight and the beautiful high-quality wood grain finish.
  • Difficulty of repair: What happens if you scratch or dent your door? Solid oak can be sanded and re-treated if any scratches or knocks occur. With oak veneer this can be a problem as the wood beneath cannot be exposed.
  • Aestheticism. Veneer does a fantastic job of looking like real oak. But, if you truly want a beautifully elegant finish, there’s simply no substitute for solid oak.
  • Energy efficiency. When it comes to home efficiency, solid oak edges it over oak veneer. It is less permeable to cold and damp, meaning over time it can save you money on your energy bills.

The Verdict

Every purchasing decision is very personal, and the choice between veneer and solid oak is no different. Both have their plus points but other than the affordability of veneer, solid oak is a clear winner!

At UK Oak Doors, we are proud of our 100% solid oak doors. But there is still a place for oak veneer too, and that’s why we offer a range of veneer doors. No matter which you choose, you’ll still get the same level of unrivalled expertise as well doors which will last for years to come.

To find out more, browse our site and take a look at our price promise too. If you buy a door from us - whether oak veneer or solid oak - you’ll get a full money-back guarantee, a seven-day customer care programme and free delivery on orders over £500.

So what are you waiting for? Dive straight into our extensive catalogue and feast your eyes on a whole world of oak doors.

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