Solid Core Door vs Hollow Core Door
Updated: Sep 18
Are you perplexed about the difference between a solid core and a hollow core door? If you’re in the market for your next door purchase this article is especially for you.
What's Inside Your Door?
In the past, the question of buying a solid core or a hollow-core door would haven’t even entered your mind. Why? Simply put all doors were made from solid wood and consequently, all doors had solid cores.
Now don’t confuse a solid wood door with a solid core door. They are not exactly the same thing. Solid wood doors are just as the name suggests made from solid wood. These doors are even more expensive and heavier than their solid core and hollow core counterparts. Since they are solid wood they have the tendency of expanding and contracting during temperature changes.
With the rise of modern technology and new materials to work with doors can be made without a solid center. Why would this be a good idea? Because of their honeycomb centers, hollow core doors are liter and cheaper to manufacture than solid core doors. These doors don’t warp as easily as their wood and solid core counterparts, thus making them a good choice for interior doors.
You may be surprised to find out that today’s solid core doors are not actually a solid piece of wood. The centers of the solid core doors are generally filled with particle board or some other material that fills in the center. Since their centers are filled, they are generally about double the price of their hollow core cousins and weigh more.
Which door type is better for you?
Hollow core doors are used as interior doors only. The reason for this is that they do not provide enough insulation against the elements and are easy to break. In addition, they are also not great at keeping sounds from traveling through them. They are however liter to maneuver and work great for closets and rooms that don’t need a lot of privacy. They also a warp-resistant.
Solid Core doors are used for both interior and exterior purposes. Their solid interior makes them excellent against the elements and are great for soundproofing your rooms and are much more difficult to break. They are prone to shrinking and expanding with moister and temperature change, but not as much as solid wood doors. Since they are heavier maneuvering them into place can be difficult.
There are advantages to having all the doors in your home be solid core. Privacy and temperature control are just a few of them. Keep in mind that Solid Core Doors are on average about double the price of a Hollow Core Door. Therefore, if you are looking to save some cash you can do a mixture of solid and hollow core doors.
Hollow Core: Interior Doors, Closet Doors, Bathroom Doors
Solid Core: Exterior Doors, Interior Doors, Bathroom Doors
Remember your exterior doors such as your fire door or entry door should always be solid core. This is not only to save you from the elements, but it is also for your safety. Also, make sure that the solid core door is for exterior use. Never try to put an interior door in place of an exterior door. It could mean your life and that of your family.
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