It’s happened to all of us. You buy something, then discover it’s not fit for purpose. Either it breaks or wears away before expected. It can be incredibly frustrating if an item doesn't last.
Durability is at the top of the wish list for most people buying an interior door - no wonder why. They seal off rooms and hallways to break up airflow and increase privacy and mute noise.
You may be wondering which internal doors are the most long-lasting and hard-wearing. Nearly every shopper entering a door showroom or display centre will ask that question, so let us share our advice.
Solid choices - wood and engineered doors
As the name implies, a solid wood door consists of 100% natural wood except for a few bits of hardware. Nothing beats the classic look of wood and its ability to stand the test of time.
However, a solid wood door can easily stick in its frame because it reacts negatively to fluctuations in heat and moisture and may end up warping, twisting or bowing.
Equally as good is an engineered door featuring blocks of timber running in different directions. The configuration of these layers gives it an unrivalled strength. An engineered door uses a modern construction method to make it both stable and cheaper than a solid wood one. It also provides better thermal insulation.
An engineered wooden door can have the same beautiful finish as a solid wood door, but the composite layers of timber will prevent swelling and shrinking.
The longevity of both these doors may well increase the value of your house should you ever decide to sell.
A sturdy option - solid-core doors
Solid-core wooden doors have great insulation properties and will not warp or twist. They look like solid timber doors but have Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) internally and then a layer of hardwood veneer on the outside.
The outside layer has higher-quality wood. The interior part of the door can be extra flame retardant, but it won’t match the strength of a solid wood, or engineered door.
Hollow-core for inside only
Hollow-core doors fall at the cheaper end of the market. They should never be considered for an external door. Internal hollow-core doors have fillings of paper or plastic, usually formed in a honeycomb pattern to help with structural integrity.
These types of doors are the least durable on the market, offering little in the way of fire resistance, acoustic and thermal insulation.
Are you considering buying a new door or overhauling your current installation? Then look no further than Door Stop. We have a team of experts who can offer advice over the phone or in person at our two showrooms in Joondalup and Osborne Park.
We only sell quality doors with wood from responsibly managed sources. Our doors are delivered directly to you at competitive prices with a guaranteed seven-year warranty. Check out our Google reviews to discover why the people of Perth choose to buy from us.