While there’s always a lot of clamor around the kinds of locks that you use for home security the often forgotten fact is that your doors are the foundation and often more important for security than the locks you are using. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a top of the line electronic deadbolt if it’s attached to a hollow core door a child could kick down. Although at times it seems like modernity is moving away from wooden security fixtures this isn’t exactly the case when it comes to doors. Solid core wooden doors are regarded highly even when compared to their steel or composite counterparts when it comes to strength and even fire resistance. Here we’ll look at some of the basics for solid core wooden doors and what sets them apart from the cheaper alternatives.
What Does Solid Core Mean?
There are 3 basic types of wooden doors available: hollow core, solid core, and solid wood. Hollow core doors use a layer of honeycombed cardboard between sheets of plywood. These doors are relatively light but also weak and very vulnerable to fire. Solid core, on the other hand has a layer of particleboard, fibercore, or even steel between layers of plywood and ultimately a wooden veneer. The interior material can be changed depending on what your needs are. There are some materials that provide additional fire resistance that can be used in solid core doors. Finally, solid wood doors are exactly what they sound like: a single slab of solid wood. While once upon a time these were quite popular this is no longer the case because they aren’t quite as economically feasible and difficult to produce though they are still a great option in terms of security and fire resistance.
What are the Perks of Solid Core?
There are a few basic perks for owning solid core doors. They are much stronger than hollow core. This means that they can’t be kicked down or smashed in as easily. As previously mentioned, they can be specifically outfitted for fire resistance as well. There are options for both the core material as well as the veneer and even fire resistant paneling. Solid core are also much cheaper than solid wood doors though more expensive than hollow core. Solid core doors also offer a decent degree of heat insulation which may be something to keep in mind. Lastly, solid core doors are much more resistant to noise penetration than their hollow core alternatives.