Tips for Choosing Interior Doors

While not generally the focal point of a room, an interior door is capable of making or breaking a room’s design. If you are building a home or planning a remodel and are looking for new interior doors, be sure to consider the following factors.

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Style
A hinged wood or faux wood door may be the first image that comes to mind when one reads “interior door,” but interior doors come in many styles. French doors, sliding doors, pocket doors, and folding doors can all be used in home interiors and can each lend something different to your home’s design.

Material
A variety of hardwoods and softwoods are used in the construction of interior doors. Alder, mahogany, maple, pine, and redwood are all commonly used in solid wood doors. Doors made from plywood, wood fiber blends, composite materials, and medium density fiberboard are popular interior door materials these days due to their affordability and damage-resistant properties.

Functionality
When choosing interior doors for your home, it is important to consider the function you want them to serve and the forces they will be up against. If you want an interior door to block sound from crossing the threshold when the door is closed for privacy, focus your search on doors with high sound transmission class ratings. A door with a rating of 60 is effectively soundproof. If you need doors that can withstand occasional jerking and slamming, prioritize sturdiness.

Door Swing
If you are looking at hinged interior doors that swing open, choose a left-hand or right-hand door based on which side it makes the most sense to have a door clear. This is an important part of the interior door selection process that will spare you hassle later on if considered now.

For more than a century, Southern Lumber has provided San Jose contractors, designers, and homeowners with high-quality construction grade wood. If you are in the market for a new interior door and are looking for an excellent selection of hardwood, softwood, and fiberglass doors from which you can choose, visit Southern Lumber’s San Jose showroom. For answers to questions about our products and services, call (408) 297-WOOD.

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