The interior doors of a home make a big difference to the way that home feels. From the amount of noise allowed to echo through the home to the style of each hallway, the material chosen for interior doors is going to make a difference, and that's why it's advantageous to invest in solid wood doors instead of using cheaper composite wood doors.
Here are just four reasons to do so.
Composite wood has come on leaps and bounds, but it is still very easy for people to tell the difference between a composite wood door and one made from solid wood. The latter option continues to be associated with prestige homes, and that's largely thanks to their sturdy appearance and timeless style. As they age, they will get better looking, and they'll always strike a more impressive appearance than a composite alternative.
Doors tend to take a bit of a beating throughout their lifespans. After all, it is through the door that all furniture and appliances will be moved, and it isn't uncommon for rambunctious children to slam into them or for curious pets to claw against them. Unfortunately, a composite wood door will retain its scratches and bumps forever. In contrast, a solid wood door can be sanded down and then refinished when damage occurs.
3. Heat Insulation
It only makes sense to pick materials that are going to offer the highest levels of energy efficiency, and it's very hard to fault wood on that score. Since solid wood, particularly timber taken from hardwood species, is very dense, it acts as a temperature barrier. If a homeowner wants to heat their living room during the winter but isn't too concerned about the warmth of the hall outside, a solid wood door can help keep that heat where it is meant to be. This will keep the home warmer while also lowering energy bills.
4. Sound Insulation
People naturally tend to associate insulation purely with heat loss. However, sound insulation is also going to be important when you're choosing interior door materials. When people close the doors in their home, they are commonly shutting out sound as well as covering themselves from view; privacy is about not being heard as much as not being seen. With their added density, solid wood doors help prevent sound from escaping. That's great if residents want to watch TV in one room while their kids study in another, or if they want to get up to more amorous activities behind a closed bedroom door without feeling too self-conscious.
Talk with a hardwood timber supplier to learn about which types of wood will be best for use in your home.