How doors are made has a significant influence on the final price. Doors can look the same but have differing prices and the biggest reason, outside of competitive pricing, is the way they are constructed and how they are finished i.e. type of varnish etc.
Finding the best quality door
One way of establishing the quality of a door is to look at the warranty offered with it. Most doors have some sort of guarantee offered for a fixed period, but when selecting a door it is worthwhile comparing it with others, particularly checking any exclusions on the guarantee. Sometimes the things not covered by the warranty make it virtually worthless, so “caveat emptor” applies i.e. let the buyer beware! In most warranties there are understandable conditions such as the correct number of hinges should be used and the door should be installed in line with manufacturer’s instructions. This is just common sense really as the correct installation and treatment of the door will ensure it gives good service over a long period.
How doors are made
At one time doors were made from solid wood so what you saw was what you got. A beautiful piece of wood would make a beautiful door, equally a knotty rough piece of wood wouldn’t. The drawback with using solid wood for a door is that it makes it very expensive, even for those with the deepest pockets, and also in the modern environment, central heating can play havoc with wood as it causes the moisture within the door to escape, causing the door to warp.
The modern method of manufacture use a core of a material such as mdf, plywood or even cellular paper cores and this then has wood veneers attached to it to achieve the finished appearance. The way a door is constructed and the type of core and veneers used will determine the price and the consumer has to balance the cost with the utility that the door will provide.
Finding the best value
An internal door is usually a fairly unnoticed part of the interior design of a room. Often the door is just seen as something to act as a divider and is rarely closed (although with the increase in heating costs they may be closed more often!). When looking to buy a door people often look for the best price but, as discussed above, cheapness is often a sign of the lack of quality both of construction and finish. Doors with real wood veneers such as oak will over time gain a patina giving the wood a deeper colour. A more solidly constructed door made with a substantial core means it is less likely to warp and will open and close perfectly every time…