You are building your new home, or you just bought one and you are starting your renovations. Everything is nearing its end and there is one more important thing to fit to make it complete – you need doors. Now, these are of course essential and they have become a fashion statement of their own. You can’t just slap a piece of wood outside or inside and call it quits. No! You have to have the right kind that goes with the style of the home and that will leave an impression on whoever comes in.
As far as styles sizes and everything else goes you have a really broad choice. Materials and looks vary from one home to another and you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. It is important, though, to have a designer or at least someone who has a fashion sense to fit the correct ones that won’t stand out from the rest of the house.
Since there are a lot of different door materials to choose from, today’s article will address only wooden options rated from low end to high-end ones and we will present what to look for and expect when opting for this kind. If you happen to look for some ideas please check out Puertas Euro-Block and see what they are offering. You won’t regret it! Now let’s get on with the article!
1. Hollow-Core doors
This is an entry-level wooden door and you really shouldn’t expect much from them. They are made out of hardboard and they are, basically, a moulded panel door. They are suited for a home on the budget that needs changing its old ones. Hollow cores are 99% paint-ready doors and thanks to their smoothness they take on paint very well. In case of damages, they can be fixed but considering their price range you can easily opt to buy another one instead. They are light and they are hollow inside, hence the name, which means they offer basic shielding from eyes but will not be good in soundproofing the room or even be stable enough to be even considered as an option for the entryway door. These should be considered only as a room door and nothing else.
2. Solid-Core doors
Now, these are completely different story. These doors are something to rely on. They are heavier (probably double than previous) and with a solid core which will give you at least some sort of protection and soundproofing. A good door is always important, never mind where it is located. Solid-core doors will be sturdy and can be placed as entryway door, plus they will be more soundproof than previous as well as keep a lot of the home heat or cold inside. Since they have a solid amount of material there will be no cold or heat dissipation and you will not have to worry about energy consumption.
There is one thing to note here, you should differentiate solid core doors from solid core moulded panels. Solid core moulded panels are your hollow core doors with hardboard skin but they are filled inside with particleboard core. This filling takes up about 90-95% of the inside of these doors and they are a little better solution and option that the hollow core, but still they are not even close to the standard wood solid core doors.
3. MDF doors
In this category, you have a subcategory of better to best MDF doors. Kind of funny but when you think about it MDF does come in different price and quality ranges. This is why you will have lower end MDF doors and a bit higher-end, but still cheaper than a veneer or solid wood, MDF doors. They are also painting ready and are a solid choice for home interior doors, but can also go for an entryway door. These doors age good and can withstand torment from kids and pets which means that after some time all you will have to do is slap a new coat of paint and they will look almost new which is awesome.
4. Multi-panel Veneer doors
These are considered to be a very good product and somewhat of a middle level and mid-price doors. They are sturdy enough, heavy enough that you can rely on them and most importantly they don’t have to be painted. The veneer doors are more stain ready than the previous two. They have one flaw and it is damage in form of scratches or indentations which are pretty hard to repair because it is veneer finish and it doesn’t go all the way through the doors. If you scratch or dent one part, you will have to replace the entire side with a new veneer. They have a solid wood core and it makes them perfect for any room application providing security, sturdiness and sound isolation. They are also good at energy management.
5. Solid wood doors
Now, these are your traditional doors. A big chunk of wood glued and stitched together but done in a modern fashion. Long gone are the day where you would have a straight plank with some gravings or cut-ins and used that as a door. Nowadays it’s all high tech, modern and sleek style that is supposed to stand out from every other. One thing that is great with solid wood doors is that you can choose how you want them. If you want it paint-ready you can have them that way or if you like that modern-day natural look you can order them as stain ready. You can also choose the spices of the wood you want to have and boy there are some choices. One more thing to note is that you can also choose the look and feel of the wood grain which is another bonus.
In conclusion, we have to say that there are plenty of choices and there is no chance to make the wrong decision. The only thing you have to consider the usage of those doors, their placement and your price capabilities. Styles, finishes, designs and everything else is abundant and there is no wrong choice here, you have to have an interior designer that can incorporate designs successfully so you don’t have parts of your home sticking out when they shouldn’t. Doors are the first and last thing you put your hand on when coming in or going out of your home and they have to be the first thing you will be amazed at as well. Choose carefully and happy hunting!