One of the most important things to think about when purchasing a house is the internal doors. They serve a very important purpose in a house by providing privacy and security for each of the different rooms. In earlier times, the design was driven purely by cost and how one could reduce the cost of purchasing doors and still get the job done. Today, cost analysis is done based on cumulative costs during the lifetime of the door, implying that the purchase cost alone must not be the main factor in choosing a particular type of internal door. You must also consider the costs of maintenance, installation, and refurbishment in the overall purchase cost, and make the purchase that makes the most sense financially throughout the lifetime of the product.

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Flush panel type

There are many types of internal doors that you can choose from. One of the most commonly used and most economical internal door is the flush panel type door. This door is made from a very simple design comprising of two plane faces on either side, with no additional panels or patterned designs. These two plane faces are typically on either side of a honeycomb structure, giving you the illusion that this type of door is an expensive solid wooden door when it isn’t.

Flush type

You can get flush doors typically in the following three options, solid core, hollow core, or a hybrid between the two. A solid core flush type door is exactly what the name says, solid. It has a solid wooden core, and for that reason, it is heavier, more durable, and more expensive. The hollow core type of flush door is the lightest door in the range, only having a corrugated cardboard structure in between the two panels, providing the lightest support to the door. This type of door can be obtained for a very cheap price and is useful for installation for bathrooms and other such places where it is more likely to come in contact with water. The hybrid type door is a combination of a solid and hollow-core door, with wooden slats placed in between the two panels, giving the appearance and feel of a solid core wooden door without the expensive price tag.

Panel type

The other type of internal door most commonly seen in homes is the panel type door. They look simple but have been featured on television and movies more times than even the superstars themselves. You can get panel doors in a wide range of designs with panel numbers ranging from the classic four panels all the way up to twelve. This type of doors is made from wood, and have good durability that will last you for a very long time. They are great for bringing a look of elegance to your home. You can get panel doors in both glazed and non-glazed options. A glazed type panel door will allow more ambient lighting to get into your rooms, which is great if you are looking to make an energy-efficient home.

Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.