If there is one aspect of the home which is often totally overlooked is the humble interior door. It is easy to think of doors as just a covering for the entry to a room, but they are more than that. Not only do your interior doors offer privacy and keep in heat, but they also affect the overall look of the room without you even noticing. What many people do not realize is that they can also affect the resale value of your property! We talked to friends in the real estate, design and construction industries to get their thoughts on interior doors.
Raising Your Property Value
As previously mentioned, having a matching set of really good quality matching interior doors can add resale value to your property. DD Flynn of Prudential Texas Properties explains why. 'Home buyers pay attention to detail. Ensuring that interior doors are cohesive and of good quality will definitely catch a buyers attention. In turn, the home is then illustrating its worth from a price standpoint.' Ms Flynn also adds, 'we are seeing a growing trends in home buyers who are looking for "ready to move into" homes. Chipped, poor quality interior doors may be something that deters buyers who don't want to deal with home improvement projects. They're willing to pay more for "ready to move into" homes.'
Distinctive and quality interior doors definately catch home buyer's attention.
The Solid Wood Versus Hollow Core Debate
Majority of the interior doors in our collection have a solid core slab base. These solid coree slabs are then finished with one of the many stunning artisan applied wood veneers in our collection. We have always preferred this style of interior door over the hollow core versions which are often stuffed with paper or a cardboard honeycomb. The solid construction of our doors offers additional privacy as they act like a sound barrier. They are also far more durable than their hollow counterparts. We are fairly vocal on our opinions regarding door construction, so when we talked with other industry professionals it was no surprise that the topic came up!
Todd Vendituoli, owner of HomeCentrl told us, 'My first choice is always solid core doors especially for rooms that may require more privacy.' Elizabeth Spring of Springs Construction also mentioned the sound proofing qualities of solid doors. 'Solid wood doors are more durable and deaden sound, says Elizabeth. However, she added that she does often use hollow core doors for closets and that 'Often times the decision is driven by budget so hollow core becomes the default option.' In the opinion of Dennis Gehman of Gehman Design Remodeling that both solid wood and hollow core doors have their place. 'Painted doors should be hollow core or molded solid core because these doors won’t move with the seasonal up and down humidity,' said Dennis. 'Stained doors should be solid wood. Stained or painted is determined by the décor which is a larger question than just doors.'
Choosing Your Finish
We offer doors in a vast array of finished. Not only do we have a huge selection of quality wood veneers, but we also carry doors featuring glass panels, aluminum and even leather. We asked Todd, Dennis and Elizabeth to share with us their favorite finishes for interior doors. Todd Vendituoli said, ''I prefer painted smooth surface molded solid core doors with a semi-gloss paint because they feel like a ‘real door’ and they hold up well,' said Dennis. However, he does warn against apply wood textures, warning that they can look fake.
It is plain to see that interior doors certainly deserve some attention. The form a vital part of your house and whether you are building or just remodeling they need to be taken into consideration. Some of the important areas to consider include the style the materials, level of sound proofing and the swing direction. If you want to discuss some options regarding interior doors, do not hesitate to get in touch.
We would like to extend our thanks to the industry experts who contributed their thoughts and expertise on this topic. You can find out a little more about them by visiting their website. Contributors are : DD Flynn of Prudential Texas Properties, Elizabeth Spring of Springs Construction, Todd Vendituoli, owner of HomeCentrl and Dennis Gehman of Gehman Design Remodeling.