What is an Engineered Interior Door?
A common misconception is that a solid wood door is the best option for a home, i.e. a door that has been constructed using singular solid sections of real wood throughout.
Although highly coveted and desirable, solid wood doors have a tendency to cause notable problems of their own due to the unique nature of timber as a material.
Have you ever encountered a solid wood door that is sticking in its frame, or has small gaps between its panels ? If so, then this is most likely the result of the door reacting negatively to environmental stress within the home such as fluctuations in heat and moisture
Solid wood doors require high levels of maintenance and if moisture is allowed to soak into the core of the door then it can cause severe problems.
Solid wood doors must be meticulously sealed and properly cared for, otherwise your solid wood door may begin to warp, twist or bow
Solid engineered doors on the other hand offer the same beautiful finish as a solid wood door but without these issues. The many composite layers of engineered wood offer excellent resistance to swelling, shrinking and warping.
Solid Engineered Doors: Key Advantages
Real Wood Veneers with Solid Core Construction
Engineered doors are veneered using real layers of wood, with popular choices including oak and walnut. The veneers are stitched together and laminated onto the surface of a solid engineered core ensuring your door will look as good if not better than one made entirely out of hardwood.
Engineered doors are typically much stronger than solid wood doors. The natural grains of the internal layers of wood run in different directions and are held in place with powerful specially formulated adhesives. These cross configuration of grains give engineered doors unrivaled strength.
Green and Affordable
An important benefit of engineered interior doors is that they usually cost less than the equivalent solid hardwood door, with certain quality products equal to or better than their hardwood equivalents. Solid engineered interior doors will not only save you money but are also good for the environment. Using only the necessary amount of hardwood required to make the door look great, the core of the door is formed using timber which may have been otherwise discarded.
The use of a composite construction means that a door designer can be more flexible with their designs. A door that may not work well or have enough structural integrity to be made from solid wood can be achieved using a layered construction, meaning engineered doors are available in all manner of shapes and sizes.
In essence an engineered interior door doesn’t really have any drawbacks, at least not if you choose one of sufficient quality. As far as people who see the door are concerned, the door will look and feel just like a solid wood door, but with the added advantages of it being more cost effective, environmentally friendly and more structurally stable
Types of Door Core Constructions