Are All Doors Created Equal?

The short answer is NO. There are many types of locks including the different types of door locks. However, if you don’t have a high, sturdy door, it doesn’t matter what kind of lock you have. If someone can kick a hole in the door, the lock is not necessary. The main difference between doors is the material that they are made of and if they are solid or hollow core. In commercial buildings, the doors are usually 1-3/4″ thick for the outside and inside alike and are usually a solid core door. For residential homes the doors should be a solid core for exterior doors and hollow core doors for the inside would be acceptable. For this article, I am going to discuss residential doors. Commercial doors get a little more complicated because they must be fire rated.

Hollow core doors

Block doorThese are constructed of wood with a 2×2 frame with some bracing in between; between the bracing, some manufacturers put cardboard waffling to make it seem a little more solid. The area around the lock gets a larger wood bracing to help secure it. These doors are usually used on the interior of homes and should never be used as an exterior door.

Solid wood doors

As the name suggests they are made of solid wood usually pine or oak, however, any wood can be used. For the high-end decorative forms, it is a solid piece of wood, some have decorative glass. Most of the solid wood doors are made of a less expensive type of wood for the inside and then covered with an oak veneer. These doors should be used for the exterior of homes.

Steel doors

As the name suggests these are constructed out of steel. To keep the weight down the door is framed in wood and wrapped in steel. The edges are usually double thick, and they are interlocked with the front and rear panels. Like anything, steel care must be taken so that these doors don’t rust. In homes, you might find these in the garage or rear of the home.

Fiberglass doors

TBlue doorhese have come on strong in the last few years. They are usually a solid core door; they can be decorated with glass inserts, like a word door. Unlike wood and steel, they will never rot, rust, or swell. Some are made to look like wood and once painted it is hard to tell the difference. They make excellent exterior home door