It can be easy to assume that the material you choose for your home’s interior doors won’t make too much of a difference. After all, they don’t need to be strong and secure like external doors. Be that as it may, you need to be careful when making your final decision. For example, many homeowners end up choosing plywood doors instead of solid hardwood doors simply due to the lower cost.
Unfortunately, doing so means missing out on the benefits that come with hardwood doors. Here are just a few of the most important.
Solid Hardwood Can Be Refinished
Plywood doors aren’t plywood all the way through. Instead two thin pieces of plywood sandwich a filler material. The main problem with such an arrangement is that you won’t be able to sand down your doors. Well, you can sand them down, but you’ll quickly go through the outer layer. Solid hardwood can be sanded down, stripped, or re-stained numerous times. If any scratches or dents are made, you can get rid of them quite easily. This is why solid hardwood doors tend to last decades longer than plywood doors.
Improved Heat and Sound Insulation
Internal doors might not need to keep out intruders, but they should act as a barrier against heat loss and sound penetration. Solid hardwood performs this role much more effectively than plywood since it is so much denser. This can be a real godsend, especially if you live in a house with growing children. When you close your door, you want the sound of anything from games consoles to teenage get-togethers blocked out, and a solid hardwood door is far more likely to accomplish that goal. During the winter, solid wood doors can help to lower your heating bills as the heat is kept inside your main rooms.
Strength isn’t a top priority for internal doors, but it’s still nice to know that you’ve chosen a relatively tough material. After all, accidental damage is always a possibility, so why not pick a door that can put up with the odd bump without denting?