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Before beginning a major renovation project, you should carefully consider whether or not you want to replace the existing doors of your home. The primary distinction that you need to pay attention to is the materials you select for your interior and exterior doors. Choosing the right material will significantly impact your door's appeal and architectural beauty. In this article, we give you helpful tips for selecting door materials for the interior and exterior of your home!

 What is the difference between interior and exterior doors?

 For starters, exterior doors are bulky and heavy, while internal doors are thin and light. Due to their hollowness, interior doors aren't meant to be soundproof. Exterior doors are built thicker because they serve a different purpose than the inner doors. Unlike interior doors, outdoor doors require a more solid core, typically made from wood to keep out the cold and heat. A thick veneer is nearly always present on exterior doors to provide additional insulation and weather resistance. Occasionally, interior doors are insulated, but this is uncommon. 

 However, internal doors with a solid core can give some protection against draughts. Typically, interior doors are not handled aggressively, whereas exterior doors must be maintained to survive the weather. The painting and staining techniques are carried out so that the door remains durable. After this, you will not have to repaint as frequently. In contrast, the paint on an interior door is durable and requires no extra care to maintain its colour.

 Interior door materials

1. Solid wood door

 Individuals with a flair for the classics often gravitate towards solid wood interior doors since they offer a warm and natural appearance. There is a wide range of wood types used to construct interior doors, ranging from classic hardwoods like mahogany to less expensive softwoods like pine. Cherry, walnut, maple, and juniper are the most common woods used for interior doors. Because so many types of wood are employed, the pricing for this material varies greatly. However, solid wood is typically the most expensive material for interior doors.

2. Solid-core door

A solid-core internal door can provide comparable sound and temperature insulation to a solid wood door at a far lower cost. A solid-core door is often constructed with an external skin of plywood or a moulded composite and is filled with a wood fibre blend that imitates the robust feel of solid wood. While nothing can replace natural wood, a solid-core door is a great and inexpensive substitute.

3. Hollow-core door

An internal flush door with a hollow core is frequent for new construction. It has a strong wood frame that usually is around 1 1/2 inches broad. An internal cardboard webbing provides stiffness and prevents drumming. These doors can survive decades if handled with care, but they can be dented or perforated if struck with force. A door with lauan mahogany veneer is the cheapest option. Oak or birch veneered doors are frequently a wise investment over time.

4. MDF door

MDF (Medium-density fiberboard) is an engineered wood product created from wood fibres that have been reprocessed. Due to its cost and durability, it has become one of the most popular interior door materials. MDF interior doors are resistant to warping and lack a wood grain pattern, making them smooth and easy to paint.

Exterior door materials

 1. Steel exterior door

Approximately fifty per cent of the exterior door industry is dominated by steel, so steel doors are unquestionably among the best exterior doors you can purchase. Steel, the least expensive material, has a high resistance to the elements and a high insulating value. In addition, high-quality steel can be elegantly painted with ease. Even though steel is not as durable as fibreglass and is susceptible to dents and corrosion, having an adequately kept steel door is still one of the best outside doors.

2. Wooden exterior door

Nothing is more charming than a traditional solid wood entry door for the most outstanding exterior doors. Solid wood provides excellent strength and insulating qualities. Oak and other hardwoods are highly resistant to denting. A door constructed from gorgeous full-length pieces of wood will cost extra. A paint-grade door connects smaller components. All external doors must be coated with a paint or finish to avoid warping and cracking. Some exterior wood-panel doors are constructed with a foam core for increased insulation and stability.

3.Fibreglass exterior door

The most likely contenders for your home's most excellent external doors are fibreglass doors, which are the dazzling hybrids of current door culture. These moderately priced goods are more resistant to harm than steel and require minimal upkeep. In addition, fibreglass doors accept finishes or stains well, and they can be textured to simulate wood grains. A fibreglass door's low cost and practicality make it one of the best external doors, despite its susceptibility to cracking under high strain.

4.Stave-core exterior door

A stave-core (sometimes referred to as "core-block") exterior door resembles a conventional wood-panel door, but it is composed of numerous thin pieces of wood that have been bonded together. The veneer is subsequently applied to the laminated core. This procedure produces a very stable door. However, the surface may peel if the door is not coated with a stain or paint. 

5. Glass-panelled door

Glass-panelled doors, especially outside doors, must be well-constructed. Individual panes of glass are frequently referred to as "lights." For an outside door, acquire gas-filled thermal glass panes and ensure that the glass is properly sealed against the stiles and rails.

If you’re still having trouble choosing which material you should use for your door, feel free to view our catalogue of Rockdoor composite doors and pick your new door today!

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Creighton Ave, St Albans, AL1 2LG
0800 540 4366
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Graham Kidd
Graham Kidd
2 November 2023
100% recommend Paul and Harry a great father and son team! I'm so pleased that we used them to supply and fit our new front door. Straightforward to deal with from start to finish and communication throughout was excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable and were able to offer advice and suggestions when we were choosing the door we wanted. Nothing was rushed during the installation with great attention to detail. They took away our old door and frame and left everything clean and tidy at the end of the job. Thank you, Harry, for taking the time to go through everything with us at the end of the job, much appreciated. I would not hesitate in using Paul and Harry again. Thank you both so much, we are so pleased!
Andrew Brant
Andrew Brant
30 October 2023
Had a door fitted today. Extremely happy with the quality of the finish, attention to detail. Left site clean and tidy. Very impressed. Would highly recommend
Daniel Ashworth
Daniel Ashworth
6 October 2023
Had a door fitted by these very friendly chaps about 18 months ago. We're very happy with it. When an issue arose with the mechanism, they came out and fixed it in about 5 minutes and it's as it if is brand new again. Very pleased, would highly recommend.
L Edwards
L Edwards
2 October 2023
Communication with Paul was faultless throughout. He was polite, knowledgeable and efficient. Harry and Paul installed our new door, problem solving along the way. The finish was neat and tidy and they offered us excellent after sales service aswell. Would highly recommend.
Susie
Susie
22 September 2023
Highly recommend. We had our front door fitted by this lovely team. They were friendly, helpful, willing to listen to me debate options and provided helpful advice for choosing the right door for us. When he had a slight issue (no fault of their own) they came out to us the very next day and sorted it. Such a good supplier to work with!
Ed Barkham
Ed Barkham
21 September 2023
Brilliant service. No hidden costs or fees and no heavy sales tactics. Very open and clear from the start, and they worked really hard to fit a great new door in our thinner than average doorway! Great value and great result. Will be recommending to all.
fiona richards
fiona richards
10 September 2023
Highly recommend Rock Solid doors. We have used this friendly family company several times and have recommended them to others who have been equally impressed with the high standard of work and the product. We have received quick service and found them to be very reliable knowledgeable with no hard sell. The installations have been carried out professionally and they go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with everything. The external doors are robust and we are impressed with the quality of the product.
James Cooper
James Cooper
24 July 2023
Faultless customer service from a fantastic company to do business with. From start to finish it’s been a pleasure buying composite doors from Rock Solid Doors – in fact, we were so impressed with the front door and installation service they provided (we opted for a Solidor Ludlow 2 with 2 x fully glazed side lights) that we got them back to supply our utility door (Windsor Solidor – fully glazed) shortly afterwards. Paul dealt with our initial queries promptly, came to measure on site and provided a competitive quote very efficiently. These guys are first-rate craftsmen and know their stuff: evidenced by working around a couple of quirky construction issues without any problem – leaving us really impressed with the end product. It’s great to come across a local business that takes pride in what they do, going the extra mile for customer satisfaction – we cannot recommend Rock Solid Doors highly enough! Thank you Paul and Harry!
Simon Gould
Simon Gould
25 June 2023
Brilliant service from Paul at Rock Solid; our letter box seal had gone causing a slight leak - he responded immediately, attended this week and fixed with a new gasket. Would highly recommend the product and the service.
Lidia Duncan
Lidia Duncan
16 June 2023
I ordered my Vogue Rock door with the Ocean glass from Rock Solid Doors at the end of 2021. I had a number of criteria when searching for my new entrance door. It’s ability to insulate had to be A rated. I also wanted it to have a good quality locking mechanism that is smooth in action. My new door needed to be modern with a pane that lets plenty of light in and thus goes lower than the half line on the door, while leaving sufficient height for the letter box, so it is sufficiently high to be comfortably reached by our postman. The Vogue Rock door provided all that and more. I love sailing and the Ocean glass design evokes the lines of a sail in a beautifully minimalistic fashion. It also makes the door look unique, which is always a bonus. During my search for the perfect door I had lots of technical questions too. Only Paul and his colleague from Rock Solid Doors were able to answer all my questions and provide a door that offered what I was looking for. They supplied and fitted my new door in early 2022. My heating bill has gone down noticeably, as a result. With the golden oak wood grain on the outside, my door looks beautiful and elegant. Everyone who comes to the house for the first-time comment on it. The multi-locking mechanism has a smooth action and it is easy to use. The white wood grain on the inside finishes off the hallway like a designer window and door in one. Paul and his colleague went out of their way to make sure that I have the door and the finish just, as I wanted and that it worked seamlessly there on. We could not be happier. Thank You!
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