How to Choose the Best Interior and Exterior Doors

Being long-term acquisitions, the interior and exterior doors should be chosen by taking into account a number of issues, such as durability, material, and design.

Materials

The most recommended structure is made of slats of wood (layered). In the case of interior doors, specialists recommend good finishes such as natural veneer. As for the exterior wood doors, the lacquers that are used are extremely important because they have to provide high resistance to the external factors. For the interior doors with a modern design, it is highly recommended a top quality melamine and aluminum elements.

Lately, the door technology has evolved, using the materials in different combinations for a particular design: wood with aluminum, surfaced panels with aluminum inserts, glass and aluminum.

Types of doors

Here are the main types of doors based on the material from which they are made:

Cellular doors are typical for the interior, with different finishes (veneered, melamine, etc.), being some of the most required by the private clients. For more endurance in time and for sound and fire, the best doors are the ones with the core structure made of timber.

Glass doors under different shapes and materials include glass doors with wooden frames and glass doors with aluminum frames.

Metal doors, technical doors, with or without fire resistance are available in any color and are a great choice as exterior doors.

Armored doors, with wooden panels, come in numerous types of veneer and melamine finish.

Design

In terms of style, it is vital for the door design to be in accordance with the design of the furniture. In case, that is not applied, you can choose doors with a simpler design.

Fire resistance, sound and thermal insulation

Fire doors develop a fire resistance for 30, 60 and 120 minutes. Pinum doors feature a 30 minute resistance to fire. The noise insulation index is about 24 db with technical agreement. Also, the armored doors have a high soundproofing of 36 db.

Source: myfancyhouse.com

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Modern interior / pocket / panel doors

Does anyone know of any vendors / companies to order modern interior doors? we have knocked down a wall with plans to replace it with a sliding or pocket door and other than shoiji screen makers, i can't find any other options. some ideas i've seen in magazines include:
- Plexiglass pocket doors
- shutter doors (open / close like shutters) made from aluminum and frosted glass
- sliding panels made of aluminum / glass
- etc.
but i don't know where to start. i've searched the web extensively with NO luck. frustrating.
anyone done something similar in their home?

Modern interior / sliding / pocket doors?

Does anyone know of any vendors / companies to order modern interior doors? we have knocked down a wall with plans to replace it with a sliding or pocket door and other than shoiji screen makers, i can't find any other options. some ideas i've seen in magazines include:
- Plexiglass pocket doors
- shutter doors (open / close like shutters) made from aluminum and frosted glass
- sliding panels made of aluminum / glass
- etc.
but i don't know where to start. i've searched the web extensively with NO luck. frustrating.
anyone done something similar in their home?

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  • Avatar niner_72601 Partially replace my existing cabinets?
    Jan 21, 2007 by niner_72601 | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    I have cabinets in my kitchen that are painted.......i want to go oak face frame and doors...............can i pull off the existing face frame, and replace with an oak one......my question is......whats the best way to build the frame......dowels?

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      Otherwise, you just apply the boards individually to the cabinet box and pin the edge that hangs down with a finish nail (not the best method, but it's done on built in shelves everyday).