Are you considering renovating your home? Besides flooring and walls, take advantage of this opportunity to replace the doors that separate your rooms! But what types of interior doors should you choose for your renovation project?
Interior renovation: which door for which room?
If you want to install new interior doors in your home, you should take different criteria into account before deciding. Indeed, doors play an essential role in a house by dividing rooms from each other. They should therefore be chosen with care to best meet your day-to-day needs while matching your interior.
To select your interior doors, you must first consider the type of room to be separated. Not all doors are suitable for all rooms! For example:
- For toilets or bathrooms, privacy is essential; opaque doors are therefore favoured.
- In a bedroom, soundproofing and darkness are more sought-after; an acoustic, opaque door will therefore be required.
- For a living room, dining room, or kitchen, on the other hand, you’re looking for warmth and brightness; an easy-to-open – and why not glazed? – interior door will therefore be perfect.
- For the entrance to the garage or basement, you’ll appreciate a perfectly insulated door, on the thermal and acoustic levels.
The styles of interior doors
Swinging doors are the simplest and therefore the most common in homes. They consist of a conventional door and a frame attached to the wall. Equipped with a handle, they can be opened in a single direction or both, depending on their layout. They don’t require any space on the walls, but need a wide clearance to open completely.
Sliding doors are highly appreciated in restricted spaces, since they don’t require any clearance. In practice, their rails can be attached outside the walls (their surface must therefore be totally free) or within them. In this case, installing a sliding door involves major work.
You can also choose pivot doors, but these models require clearance in both rooms. In addition, the pivot (central or lateral) divides the passageway, which often forces you to install a double-width pivot door. This type of door should therefore be installed in professional premises or in large houses.
Finally, there are also folding doors. Their wings fold over each other on one side of the frame (or both). This model doesn’t require any space on the wall, but passage is slightly reduced. Folding doors are commonly used for closets.
To install the models that are best suited to the constraints of your home, you should therefore choose the custom design and manufacture of high-quality interior doors!
Interior doors: which material?
Whether you choose a swinging, sliding, or pivot door, you can opt for various materials: wood, aluminum, glass, etc. For their part, folding doors are usually made of wood. And for a result that matches your décor, you can even choose coloured doors!
Furthermore, there are hollow core and solid doors. The former are hollow doors made up of a frame and two claddings filled with cells or cylindrical galleries. For their part, solid doors consist of a frame and a solid filling (solid wood, aluminum, PVC, polystyrene, etc.). Much more insulating and resistant than hollow doors, they’re also heavier and more expensive.
When installing interior doors during your renovations, choose the ones that are most suitable for the intended use and the available space!
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