Interior Door Buying Guide

Interior doors do more than just close off rooms; they are a main component of your interior design.

Try a classic panelled door in a traditional home or a smooth, flush door in a contemporary design. Got a small room? Pocket doors that slide into a wall are the perfect solution.

Below we bring you through the main things to consider before you start browsing catalogues for an interior door. Bearing a few simple points in mind before you start browsing could save you a lot of time.

1.   You'll need to ascertain what size door(s) you'll be needing and whether or not they are standard sizes. We recommend you consult your joiner or builder about this before you start browsing. If the doors you are needing are standard size then there should be no issues finding in stock. However, if you require non-standard sizes, you're unlikely to find them available off the shelf. This is not to say you cannot get them, if you give us a call or drop us an email letting us know the size of door you are requiring, we can speak with the manufacturer, get a price and email a bespoke quote across to you.

2.   Do you want your doors to come prefinished? This basically means the manufacturer will stain or varnish the door for you during the manufacturing process. Most engineered doors now come prefinished as standard. Alternatively, you can opt for an unfinished door which gives you the freeodm to finish the door yourself.

3.   You'll need to know whether or not the door(s) needs to be fire-rated. There are builidng regulations now that state certain doors within a household MUST be fire rated. There are two types of fire door, FD30 which is resistant for up to 30 minutes, and F60 which is resistant for up to 60 minutes. FD30 doors should be fine as an interior door unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

We would also advise you to think about what style of door you are looking for before you start browsing. For example, are you after a more modern style of door to suit a more contemporary interior? Or would a traditionally styled door be better suited for your home?

Have you considered glazed doors? If so, you may want to think about the type of glazing you required. If you are looking for a new bathroom door, for example, you may be wanting obscure glazing in order to protect privacy, whilst still letting the daylight through.

Or would you prefer a panelled door? Many doors come with panels to add style and character to the design. The most popular styles are 4-panel and 6-panel doors, but there are a wide range of options available.

For a cheaper option, you could go for a flush door. This comes with no glazing or panels and is basically a plain door with just the natural wood grain as its redeeming feature.

And finally, what sort of material do you want your door to be made out of. Oak doors are the most popular and there is a wide range of options available in oak. However, there are other materials you may want to consider. Walnut doors are becoming increasingly popular as the darker wood grain appeals to many people and in contrast to this white primed doors in contemporary and modern designs will give you a universal palate to mix and match room colours into the future.

If you have any questions, please do feel free to speak to one of our experienced customer service members on 041-9830511

Door Composition

There are two main categories of doors based on how they are constructed: solid-core doors and hollow-core doors. The “core” refers to the interior of the door’s structure. The choice of core affects the door’s weight, impact-resistance, fire-resistance and soundproofing qualities.

Solid Core Door

Construction and Materials

The inside of the door is solid. Doors can be made of solid wood, or the core can be filled with polystyrene, particleboard, or laminated wood.

Solid wood, solid-core doors confer elegance to any space where they are installed.

Jointed pine doors are a good alternative, but they must be painted rather than stained in order to mask the joints.

Benefits and Drawbacks

  • Distinguished looking
  • Excellent thermal and acoustic insulation properties and fire-resistance
  • Impact-resistant
  • Heavy
  • Relatively expensive

Patterns and Finishes

Can be painted, stained, or varnished depending on the wood species used
Various designs available: often four or six panels

Hollow Core Door

Construction and Materials

Hollow-core doors are more economical and as a result, more common. The exterior is finished with wood, veneer, MDF or metal.

The core, or centre of the door, is a honeycomb structure of wood material or lightweight plastic tubing. Some doors may have wood slats inside that serve to support the wood facing

Benefits and Drawbacks

  • Relatively lightweight
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Easy to install
  • Not very resistant to large impacts such as a hammer strike
  • Cannot be cut (or very little)
  • Possible to insert sound-barrier or fire-resistant materials 
  • Features vary according to the manufacturer, brand and price of the product

Patterns and Finishes

Certain doors have a natural wood veneer exterior which can be stained and varnished
Several wood species are available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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