Too many people overlook their interior doors when embarking on a home remodeling project. Doors do a lot more than just provide for privacy – they can also offer cool and/or elegant enhancements to your your home’s interior.
Hopefully the following guidelines can be used help you choose new interior doors. So, carry on McDuff..
Choosing Between Solid vs. Hollow Core Doors
You’ll notice, when you visit you local home improvement store, that interior doors come in a variety of colors and styles. And that prices can vary from minimal to wildly expensive depending on the style and material of different doors. An obvious reason for huge price differences is how the door is made.
Paint Grade Doors vs. Stain Grade Doors
Doors, especially hollow core doors, come with either a stain grade surface or paint grade surface. Stain grade means the surface is wood that can take a stain and look good. Paint grade doors can be wood, fiberboard, or some other material and should not be stained, but will accept a coat of paint well.
Paint grade doors are generally less expensive than stain grade doors.
Slabs vs. Pre-hung Doors
Door slabs are intended to be hung in an existing door frame. This is generally a more difficult install because of hinges and doorknobs, but with preparation and the right tools, it can be accomplished by the majority of handy homeowners. These doors are also less expensive that their pre-hung counterparts.
Pre-hung doors include the slab plus the framing and trim. In order to install pre-hung doors you need to remove the old door, frame and all, and put the new frame in it’s place. Once in the opening, all you need to do it level everything, and then nail the frame into place. Add the trim, and you’re done.
Different Door Styles
Obviously there will be many different door styles to choose from. Whether you’re into traditional looks, or contemporary, or rustic, the store will probably have it. If you’re really picky, you may have to special order your preferred style. But that’s up to you.
Personally, I prefer the solid pine door with multiple panels. But, that’s becuase it’s what “fits” with my home’s interior (wooden rustic). The panel door is very popular, and is available in solid, stain grade, or paint grade. I would go with panel doors even if I was doing a painted door. But that’s just my preference.
Check Your Door Swing
When purchasing a door, be sure to check how your old door swings. This is based on where the door knob and hinges are located. You can have either left handed doors or right handed doors. To figure it out, stand on the “inside” of your door and open it. If the doorknob is on the right as it swings toward you, you’re dealing with a right handed door. Otherwise, if it’s on the left, choose a left handed door.
Of course, this pertains mostly to pre-hung doors. Most of the time if you’re hanging a slab yourself, you can adjust it either way.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when choosing interior doors. Follow the advice in this article to make sure you choose the best new doors for your home. It’s amazing how you can improve you home’s look by doing nothing more than switching out your existing interior doors.
This article was sponsored by Contour Casings.
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