How to choose Wooden Interior Doors?
From the very beginning we would like to mention that according to the contemporary US standards, wooden doors are a product that contains only 20% of natural material. It sounds not very optimistic, doesn't it?.
But even in this situation it is necessary to be able to choose interior doors. Otherwise your purchase can be very disappointing.
Are all the wooden interior doors the same?
Of course, not! — In general, wooden interior doors are made according to 3 main technologies:
- Splicing of individual bars into a single cloth (furniture board). It is a reliable, modern technology. The beams are glued together so that the wood fibers are directed in different sides. This way removes the internal strength of the material, making it more durable and reliable.
- Production of panel models from solid wood. All parts are cut from solid wood, and panels are produced from MDF, chipboard or plywood. Cylindrical dowels with a corrugated surface are cut into the ends of the work pieces to fix the elements during assembly. This is a classic technology, which has been significantly improved in recent years.
We would also like to mention that in any case you should mind one important thing. — In most solid wood doors, the panels are not made of solid wood, despite the fact that most buyers think so. It is necessary to understand that the use of plywood, chipboard or MDF does not degrade the product quality. These materials can prevent the panel destruction, as they are better (than the whole wood) to resist moisture or temperature changes.
The interesting fact is that in laminated structures, lamellas (veneers) are often used to cover the finished product. Why is it necessary? You see, wood is a natural material, it «breathes», which simultaneously means that it reduces and expands depending on temperature and humidity.
So, when the material is reduced, at the junctions of the parts lumens with an unpainted surface appear. This worsens the covering general look. In order to avoid this, lamellas covering the entire surface are used.
- The assembly in details: All parts are assembled separately, like a designer set.Each element is separately painted, which makes it possible not to use lamellas, as the parts are painted evenly on all sides.
Wooden interior doors: what does quality depend on?
The quality of the door made of wood depends on 3 factors: the quality of the materials, the assembly technology and the reputation of the manufacturer.
- Quality of materials. All wood should be dried well up to a level of 8-12% moisture .The samples should be cleaned from knots, roughness, resin pockets and other defects.
- Technology of assembly. Only its conscientious execution will ensure that the design does not destroy in the course of time, they will not begin to crack, rot and become moldy.
- Reputation of the factory-manufacturer. As a rule, it is reliability and reputation that will influence, whether technology of production and procurement of materials will be observed.
What materials are used for wooden doors?
Wooden doors are made of different types of materials. However, there are varieties used more often than others.
- Doors made of solid pine
Nowadays pine is one of the most popular materials used for the interior door production. The reason for this is affordable cost and easy processing. At the same time, it has several serious drawbacks: it is a soft type that does not like temperature changes and moisture effects. In the course of time the last 2 reasons cause loss of the original properties and destruction of the wood structure.
- Doors from solid alders
This sort of wood is excellent for rooms with a high level of humidity, as it tolerates its long-lasting effect. Due to this, they can be installed in a bathroom as well as in a kitchen.
- Doors made of solid oak
This is the best material for manufacturing, and at the same time the most expensive one. Oak is strong and durable. It easily copes with temperature changes and high humidity, as well as short-term mechanical action. The material has a good level of noise and thermal insulation.
Other, less popular options for wood include maple, beech, ash and other rare species. All of them have their pros and cons that you should pay attention to when choosing products. For example, a beech has a homogeneous structure of a picture, and an ash tree has a richer one. It is up to you to decide which material give your preference too.