How to Choose the Right Interior Door Material


How to Choose the Right Interior Door Material

Interior doors set the tone for any room. They have the power to make an instant visual impression, ensure privacy, invite in light, keep sound out and so much more. Make sure your interior doors match your vision for a space by selecting the right construction material.

Interior doors can be made from wood or molded from wood by-products. Learn more about which material may be the best option for your home.

Wood Interior Doors

If you prefer a more traditional look, wood interior doors can elevate your home with a warm, natural aesthetic. They can be made from many different species and then stained or painted to complement any design style. Additionally, wood doors can be constructed with glass lites to help light flow throughout a floorplan. For instance, a pair of French doors is the perfect choice for an office because they allow for privacy without making the space feel dark and closed off.  

While the price of wood interior doors varies based on the species selected, wood is typically the most expensive interior door material. Another factor to keep in mind is that wood tends to shrink or expand when it is exposed to moisture. For this reason, it’s best to avoid using a wood door in a bathroom.

Interior Molded Doors

As an alternative to wood doors, interior molded doors offer a breadth of quality design options at a good value. Unlike a traditional wood interior door, molded doors are resistant to warping. They come in a textured finish to emulate the look of wood or a smooth finish that’s perfect for painting. However, due to their construction, glass lites cannot be added to interior molded doors.

The construction of interior molded doors was innovated by Masonite founder William H. Mason in 1924. The process transforms waste to worth by pressing wood by-products into a mold, which is then assembled on both sides of a door core. Molded doors are available with a hollow core or solid core, each offering its own unique benefits.

Solid Core Doors

Solid core interior doors mirror the quality of wood doors at a more affordable price. Masonite interior solid core doors are made with 70 percent more sound-dampening material than a hollow core door, which help ensure quiet whenever you need it as well as durability against general wear and tear.   

Hollow Core Doors 

Since these doors are hollow, they aren’t as durable and won’t block sound as effectively as a solid core door. However, they are a budget-friendly option for areas where noise isn’t a concern, such as a closet or pantry.

Which Interior Door Material is Right for Me?

There’s a lot to consider when selecting your interior doors. If you desire the timeless look of timber or want glass, go with a wood door. For versatile style and durability, opt for an interior molded door. To maximize your budget, invest in a solid core for areas where sound-dampening is key, such as a bedroom or laundry room, and reserve hollow cores for pantries and closets.

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