Month: February 2017

Door cores – It’s what’s inside that counts

When it comes to door cores (the material that is contained within your doors), it’s easy to think ‘out of sight, out of mind’. However, the reality is that what is contained within your doors can make a huge difference to the acoustics in your home, as well as contributing to the overall durability and life expectancy of your door as a whole. If you’re unsure about the different options available and how they relate to your home and lifestyle, then bear in mind these considerations:


6 panel white internal door

Standard or hollow core doors are the most popular choice in many homes, as they have the benefit of not only being light and easy to move, but also more cost-effective than alternatives.

At only 35mm or 40mm thick, the core itself is often a multi-cell or spacer pad which contributes to the lightweight nature of the door. Due to their lower price, they are a great option for a quick update around the home, as numerous doors can be replaced to refresh your interior without a significant financial investment.


Although hollow core doors are a great solution for a quick and effective refurbishment, a downfall is that they don’t always provide the best sound insulation. For this reason, it’s worth thinking about the intended use of the room before you select a door, ensuring that it will meet your requirements from the offset. For example, is the room a home office where privacy is needed or a noisy laundry room? If so, it might be worth choosing a door with a middle or heavy weight core to keep sound at bay.


Doors with middle weight cores have on average an extra 2kg added to the overall weight of a 35mm or 40mm door, which can go a long way in reducing noise in adjacent rooms. A solid or heavy weight core which can weigh up to 45kg can however offer optimum acoustic performance, which will not only benefit you and those you share your home with, but may also provide an additional selling point if you ever decide to put your house on the market.


oak shaker cottage internal door

If your household has a low number of occupants and minimal through traffic then you may wish to consider a standard or hollow-core door. Although this type of door won’t provide you with the highest levels of durability, it is suitable for most applications.

However, a solid or heavy weight door core will deliver the greatest protection against damage and impact, reducing the need for any ongoing maintenance. A solid door also offers a general feeling of sturdiness and quality along with a more secure and satisfying clunk and click on closure.

When combined with a high-quality timber such as white oak or real wood veneer, heavyweight doors can also create a high-end and more luxurious finish. 


white internal cottage door

The good news is that no matter which door core you choose for your home, there are a wide selection of designs to choose from. This means that whether you opt for a hollow core door in one room or a solid door in another, you don’t need to compromise on style. Many ranges also offer synergy across different door types, which enables you to fit doors with an identical appearance throughout your whole home.

To find out about more about our internal door ranges, click here.

Perfect Pairings Throughout Your Home

Double, or paired, doors are often seen as strictly for exterior use – leading into a garden or patio space – but they can also be the perfect solution for interior use too. Offering similar benefits to folding sliding room dividers, pairs can be just as affective when it comes to opening up your home.

Here, Chris Miller, Doors Product Manager at JELD-WEN, provides some advice on the benefits and practicalities of choosing interior paired doors.

Open House

There are many benefits to complete open plan living but it isn’t for everyone and there are some drawbacks – especially if you like to have a cosy, quiet space to relax, without being able to hear the rest of your household such as the washing machine whirring away, or if you want to keep warmth in your room more effectively during the colder months.


Opting for paired doors between key ground floor areas in your home – such as between the hall and living room, or kitchen and dining room – can create a sense of additional space when you want, all whilst having the flexibility to create privacy and close off the space at any time for the best of both worlds. You could even experiment with paired doors leading from a master bedroom space into dressing room to create a luxurious finish. Then simply divide the spaces up again by shutting both or just one door when appropriate – allowing your home to adapt and work around your changing needs and lifestyle.

Lighten Up

Depending on which way your house faces, sunlight entering the rooms from outside will vary at differing times each day and throughout the seasons. You can maximise this natural brightness coming in through the clever use of glazed panels, which will allow light to flood through from room to room. Glazed paired doors are ideal and will bring the sunlight into even in the smallest of rooms, such as the hallway or a small kitchen.


There are many options available when it comes to glazing, so think about choosing this option from our moulded glazed doors, white oak and primed doors with pair maker systems. For a minimalist look, why not choose a design where the glass covers almost the entire surface to maximise flow of light. If you would prefer the flexibility of open plan, but still want to create a sense of privacy there are also etched options available to suit every interior taste.

Character Building

When it comes to choosing paired doors that complement your property – whether ultra-modern, classic or somewhere in between – there are many solutions available in both a white oak and primed finish. The primed finish options can be decorated too once in situe, so if you have your heart set on a particular grey, or period tones such as sage green and cornflower blue, world is your oyster.


You can also customise your selection further with hardware and our pair makers, which sit flush between the doors to ensure a neat overall look and keep any draughts at bay. All our pair doors are available as a single door option, so you can ensure complete co-ordination throughout the home. To find out about more about our paired doors collection and see which combination would be perfect for your home, click here.