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Good Woods

Doors made with stable woods are less affected by humidity, so they're better at holding up to the elements. Here's how a few of the more common species compare.

Ponderosa Pine

Character: Relatively stable, light in color and weight, and often dotted with knots. Consider painting it; it's hard to stain evenly.

Price: About $200 to $300
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