Solid core doors are not the same as solid wood doors. Solid core doors are generally made of a wood veneer exterior and a solid composite interior.
For many years, solid wood doors have been considered the ideal choice for homes. However, things have changed, and today, various innovations have come along that place other types of doors on the same level of value and make them a superior choice in many cases; this can even include European doors.
To understand these new trends, let’s start by looking at some of the characteristics of solid core doors and solid wood doors.
Understanding Solid Core Doors and Solid Wood Doors
Most wooden and wood veneer interior and exterior doors look and feel as though they are made completely of solid wood. In most cases, these doors are made to only seem like solid wood while allowing them to dodge some of the disadvantages associated with the material. This is very important when it comes to installing an interior door frame.
The wood doors frequently used in residential construction are generally available in three types: solid wood, solid core, and hollow core.
Solid Wood Doors
As the name suggests, solid wood doors are made of solid wood. All the components are solid wood, apart from the door hinges, knobs, and hardware. In most cases, such doors are not a single slab of wood material—they are almost always pieced together from smaller pieces of solid wood. This is because wood of that size is very difficult to work with and because solid slabs can crack or warp, which is why most contractors use solid wood doors built with a frame and panel design.
Solid wood doors can be used as interior or exterior doors. However, exterior doors constructed using solid wood are designed with strength and security in mind, while interior doors are built more for design and aesthetic value. In some situations, you may need to look into whether or not you require a permit to install an interior door.
Another major benefit of solid wood doors can be sound blockage, though this is dependent on the kind of wood used. Soft woods such as pine do not have good sound-proofing capabilities, whereas hardwoods like maple and oak are ideal for blocking sound between the rooms of a house.
Solid Core Door
Solid core doors are wooden doors filled with wood or wood composite materials inside some wood frame. This style of door is often used in the construction of businesses, especially in high-rise office complex corridors.
Solid core doors are only partly wood. Wood is chipped and processed into a weighty fiberboard that is used to construct the door. This is good for deadening sound and can provide home and business owners with an overall sense of security.
While solid core doors contain a heavy fiberboard, the outside can be made using higher quality materials such as hardwood veneer. However, solid core doors are only good for interior use.
Even though solid core doors are not made entirely from solid wood, they are still robust doors that can withstand heavy use. Based on the height of the door, they can be equipped with three to five hinge mounting points. You can also choose to furnish solid core doors with a pristine wood laminate to achieve your preferred aesthetic look.
When picking the right interior door for your home or office, your decision should be based on a comprehensive cost versus benefits analysis. For instance, even though solid wood doors tend to be stronger and offer some sound-blocking ability, solid core doors are much better at insulating heat as well as sound. Solid core doors are also more affordable than solid wood doors. When looking at these options, you must determine which door best suits your needs, tastes, and preferences.