When you’re thinking about getting a new internal door, choose from many options. It can be confusing and challenging to know what type of door will best suit your needs. Here are 10 things you need to know before buying an internal door.
Different types of internal doors
The first step is working out which type of internal door you require for your home. There are various types of internal doors available, each with specific benefits and applications. Below we have listed the most common types of doors that we provide at Internal Doors UK.
1. Hollow Core
This type of door is the most commonly used in residential construction because it is one of the most lightweight and inexpensive options available. The hollow core design also makes them easy to cut and fit.
2. Solid Core
These doors are a more durable version of hollow core doors. They have sturdier cores to make them more impact resistant and noise reducing, so they are often used in institutions, such as hospitals or schools.
3. Solid Wood
The most expensive option, solid wood doors, will significantly impact your room’s appearance with their classic look and feel. They are usually made from oak or pine wood and can be painted or varnished to suit your taste. These doors may cost more than all other types, but they tend to last longer, too, making them a worthwhile investment for your home.
4. Flush Doors
Flush doors are designed to achieve an almost seamless look when closed by hiding the hinges and door handles behind the door itself to create a smooth finish.
Finishing off the door
Once you have decided which type of design, the next step to take is the door’s finish, a wood veneer or a smooth finish are popular choices and painted doors. Opting for various finishes for your doors will help them stand out throughout your home and work with the decor of a particular room.
If you install internal doors in your living area, then a walnut finish is perfect. White is also a superb choice for your upstairs, or if you prefer a darker interior, black could be the right choice for you.
How will your doors be installed?
Depending on the type of hinges you use, it is essential to consider which way the door will open and close. An internal door is usually installed so that it opens into a room.
If you have a large walk-in area, door pairs could be a better choice to make the most of your interior. If you have a smaller interior and lack space, pocket doors are not only unique but can save you a lot of space. Bi-fold doors are another option for bathrooms or cupboards where you lack the space for internal doors.
If you’re installing a new door or replacing an old one, the first thing to do is measure it.
If you’re replacing an existing door, don’t assume it’s standard size — measure it yourself. If you’re installing a new door between two rooms, be sure to measure the actual opening. Not only may the door jambs not be plumb and square, but there may also be shims for levelling that make the opening more minor than you might expect. The difference between an opening that’s 5/8 inch larger than the door and one that’s 1/2 inch smaller than the door can mean the difference between it fitting easily or being nearly impossible to install without significant modification.
Glazed options for dark areas
A glass door can be a convenient addition to your home, allowing more light through and making a dark room feel brighter. With so many options available, you’ll be sure to find one that suits your style.
Our range includes internal glazed doors with clear or patterned glass in various styles and finishes. Whether you want oak doors with glass panels or modern white glazed doors, we’re sure to have something that suits your home.
Do you need FD30 fire rated doors?
Fire doors are required in many buildings, but you may not be legally required to have them depending on your home’s construction.
Fire doors are designed to limit the spread of fire and smoke for up to three hours. These heavy doors contain intumescent strips that expand when exposed to extreme heat, sealing the gaps around the door. They also usually feature self-closing mechanisms that protect any room from a fire even if someone forgets to close the door behind them.
In many cases, a fire door is required in homes with two or more floors, especially if there’s a bedroom on the second floor. If you have a detached garage, you may also need a fire door between the garage and your home if it leads directly into your kitchen or living area.
If you live in an older home without these doors, you should at least consider installing them as added protection against fires. If you don’t want to install one on every doorway in your home, consider installing them in rooms with bedrooms above or below them.