Installing interior hollow core doors in low-traffic areas of a home can save a homeowner thousands of dollars in material costs, while not affecting the overall look of a home.
Interior hollow core doors are less expensive than traditional solid wood doors, and when they are used for light-duty applications such as bedrooms, closets, pantries, and some pocket doors, they are a perfectly acceptable alternative to heavier wood doors.
Also known as moulded doors, interior hollow core doors have other benefits that make them attractive to homeowners who may be trying to save money while undertaking a significant makeover of a home. On average, there are at least 20 interior doors in a home, and hollow core doors are priced significantly less than solid core doors or wood doors.
Interior hollow core doors are constructed with moulded skins on the facing parts of the door, sandwiched around a honeycombed cardboard interior. The honeycombed material keeps the door rigid and prevents it from shrinking and swelling as weather conditions change with the seasons. The doors are lightweight which makes installing them simpler, and in many cases, a hollow core door is pre-primed which makes painting them quick and easy.
Hollow core doors are not without disadvantages. For one thing, they can only be used inside a home. If a hollow core door is exposed to rain, damp conditions, or humidity, it will quickly break down and need to be replaced. Hollow core doors also provide little security. If used in an exterior setting, a hollow core can easily be penetrated with a screwdriver, pry bar, or even a fist.
Even in interior applications, homeowners need to be aware that hollow core doors will not last long in high-traffic areas of a home, and can be damaged easily. What may seem like an innocent collision with the end of a broom, an elbow, or a backpack, can cause a puncture in a hollow core door.
These types of interior doors also provide little in the way of insulation, privacy, or versatility. Since only about half the interior of the door is filled with material, air and noise move through easily. If homeowners want their bedrooms to be more private, a hollow core door should not be used. Homeowners also need to be careful about installing hooks or coat racks because there is no solid material on the inside of the door to support any weight. If any type of hook or rack is attached, it may pull out of the door shortly after it is hung.
Northeast Bridgeport Lumber has interior hollow core doors from many of the leading manufacturers in the U.S., as well as solid core, wood, and steel security doors. Drop by our location at 1452 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport, CT, and check out our selection of interior and exterior doors.
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