Internal doors are used primarily to provide privacy between two rooms. They may also be used in a property to provide a barrier to noise, to control the temperature of a room or to enhance security for a particular part of a property. Internal doors are most usually hinged but some homes do opt for folding or sliding doors particularly where space is at a premium. They are generally made of a much lighter, thinner material than external doors with lightweight or hollow or cores. As they do not need to be as securely locked as an external door, internal doors can also have different types of hardware fitted which will also serve to enhance their appearance. All of these factors combine to make internal doors significantly cheaper and easier to fit than external doors; however this also means that they are less durable and much weaker.
Internal doors are an important part of the décor, look and style of a property but can often be taken for granted. Sadly for some homes when the original internal doors are replaced they are not always replaced with other internal doors that are in keeping with the home’s features. Possibly a plainer version, or one that doesn’t complement other decorative or design features is used, or possibly worse still, replaced with an internal door that does not even match the style of the other doors in the home! And this can seriously detract from the overall feel of the property making your home décor feel inconsistent and mismatched. Replacing internal doors can be a real head-scratcher, but hopefully here we can provide you with the information that you need to know to make this process less stressful:
What are the different types and styles of internal door?
There are various styles and types to consider when selecting your replacement internal doors. These vary by appearance, weight, design, the way they operate etc. So for instance internal doors can be designed as double doors, doors with sidelight panels, single leaf hinged doors etc. Here is a brief guide to the most common types of internal doors that are on offer:
Internal panel doors: these are constructed with framed panels joined to form a solid leaf. The panels can be the same material as the rails and stiles that hold them in place, or they can be manufactured from other materials such as glass. There are many different ways that panels can be arranged and the number of panels used to form a door can also vary.
Moulded internal doors: are cheaper to produce than panel doors but are designed to replicate them. They are constructed like flush doors but the main difference is that the face veneers used for moulded doors are moulded to create a 3-D effect. Generally the moulded veneers are shaped to resemble the panels of a standard panel door, combining modern flush door properties with the look of a traditional panel door. However, they can be moulded to any design that suits your taste/style.
Internal flush doors: these are designed to look as if they are made from one solid, smooth piece of wood. However, completely solid internal doors are rare due to the fact that as they are prone to warping. So to overcome this factor flush internal doors are constructed from different parts with a hollow or solid core which is then covered with solid veneer faces. Modern designs may have a veneer that is more decorative, such as doors with inlays that produce a striking pattern.
Internal French doors: this type of internal door has glass panels that let the maximum amount of light through so giving a view between separate spaces.
Internal louvre doors: these internal doors are excellent for extra ventilation as they contain panels constructed from angled slats arranged with gaps for air to pass through while minimising sunlight and visibility. This type of internal door is best suited to areas such as walk-in wardrobes and laundry rooms, where ventilation is the priority over security. The louvre panels can occupy the full leaf of the door, or just parts of it.
Which style of internal door should you choose?
In choosing which style of internal door would best suit your home, it is very important to consider the way in which the door will sit within both your interior decor style, furnishings, fittings and furniture. By approaching your choice in this way you can be sure to match your choice of replacement internal door to your home to ensure that any original features are retained. By this we don’t necessarily mean that you have to exactly match your choice of internal door to your paintwork or carpet colour for example, but by paying attention to the small details you can create a standout feature with your replacement internal doors that stands out for all the right reasons!
For example, if your home is contemporary a flush (flat) internal door is the ideal choice as it will echo the minimalist décor of your home. Conversely, if your home has Victoriana period features then a panelled internal door will be very complementary.
Are glazed internal doors a good solution?
If you need to increase the amount of light in your home than glazed internal doors are an excellent solution to this problem as they will keep the interior of a room as light-filled as possible. An internal door can be fully glazed or could feature small glazed sections either horizontally or vertically. The glazing itself can be clear but there are also various styles of obscure glass, which will allow in light but retain an element of privacy. However always remember that glazed internal doors are best used in the living spaces of a home, not in areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms where privacy is valued! These types of glazed internal doors are suited to both traditional and more contemporary homes.
Which internal doors are best to divide through rooms?
If you’re dividing two rooms the addition of internal doors can be a very stylish way to separate two spaces. The choice is basically between glazed and solid versions. Glazed internal doors will naturally allow one room to be on view from the other, even when the doors are closed. This can have the effect of making both rooms feel bigger due to the increased amount of light. Solid internal doors are best when you want to create a more closed off space, perhaps for privacy or not wanting to see what’s going on in the other room.
We hope that in this article we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the installation of internal doors in your home. If you’re considering the installation of internal doors for your house then do not hesitate to get in touch with the expert team at Welbeck Windows on 0203 583 3525.