Choosing the Right Door for Your Home – On the House

Choosing the Right Door for Your Home

By on March 11, 2015
CHoices of Doors

Are you planning to replace your painted, worn out looking interior doors? Here is some information you can and will use!

What door construction should you select? Do you prefer to have hurricane doors?

Hollow Core: These are the most common and affordable doors. Hollow-core doors are constructed with wood grain or smooth panels that cover a hollow center. Hollow-core doors are much lighter weight and soundproofing.

Solid Core: Constructed of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which is essentially an engineered hardwood that is available in wood-grain or smooth finishes. This door affords great soundproofing and is our pick for best value for your money.

Solid Wood: This is a great upgrade. The weight of a solid wood door lends a high-end feel when open or shut it and offers the best soundproofing. Solid wood doors can be had in most any species of wood. If you plan to stain your doors this is the best choice.

Pre-hung or New frames:

Pre-hung doors are sized and cut to your existing door frames. If your door jambs and casings are beyond paint to make them look great then consider a new door and frame. It will require more installation and finishing. You can also try the using a door lite frame.


Which door style fits you?

Panel: Panel doors offer lots of style to your home. The design of the panel doors should suit your overall plan for your home, from contemporary to very sophisticated. Rails and stiles can be straight or curved to match your design taste.

Flush or Slab: Flush doors are just flat and smooth. No details, just plain and simple.

French doors: French doors are beautiful inside or for exterior doors.They will open up interior spaces while creating boundaries, visually and spatially. Use a clear glass French door when day lighting is important. Don’t be afraid to use a single French door in a bath or closet, but use a unique opaque glass to create privacy.

Pocket doors: Pocket doors are problem solvers. They are the perfect solution in spaces where a swinging door just won’t work. Installation requires wall space on one side of the door large enough to accommodate the door slide.

Old doors reinvented: Barn doors used to be for barns… no more.A simple track above the door holds the panels and allows them to slide open and closed.



Door Handing: Once you’ve chosen your door style and you are ready to order, you must know if it is a right or left swinging door. It is important to choose the handing, or swing and knob placement. Door handing is very easy, yet even professionals get confused. Follow these easy steps to determine the handing of your new door:

  1. Stand at the INSIDE of the door with the exposed hinge barrels facing you, for interior doors, this is usually inside the room.
  2. If the door opens to you and the knob is on the left hand side, it is a left hand door. If the door opens to you and the knob is on the right side, it is a right hand door.
  3. For double doors: Pull the door towards you and indicate active door. For example, DOR (door on right active) indicates that the right door is active, while the left is stationary.
  4. Once you have selected your door style, measure for the new doors. Most door suppliers will have a form for you to complete with easy to follow instructions.

Some of this article was sourced from Curtis Lumber.

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