Forum Title: Interior doors - composite solid core or MDF? Which is better?
Hi, I'm looking to replace my interior hollow core 6 panel doors with some kind of solid door. I've been looking at the solid core 2 panel (arch top) at various places (Jeld-wen, Masonite), but just heard about solid MDF doors (Trustile, Bolection). I'm wondering whether these solid MDF doors would be better quality? How does the cost compare? And is there any downside to the MDF doors (e.g. too heavy??)? Are they not worth the extra cost (not better soundproofing)? Any other insight would be appreciated as well! Thanks!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: JONATHAN FLORES (Chattanooga, TN), 01/18/2019

Posting a picture of what you have would be a big help.

- JACQUELINE LONG (Franklin, TN), 02/07/2019

Thanks! What exactly do you mean by solid wood panel door - what product would that include?

- KATIE CONTRERAS (Norman, OK), 03/01/2019

Actually, the type of doors marketed as Safe-n-Sound (Masonite) which use a sort of un-compressed HDF core are better at sound and fire suppression than a solid wood door. They are also very stable in different temp and humidity conditions. They do weigh more, but not as much as a solid core door. You might need to go to 3 hinges...but maybe not if you use long screws to reach the framing. Non-issue if you go pre-hung. They were always a special order thing and added about $30 to the cost of the door. S/O gives you much more in the way of options on style, finish (smooth or grained), hinge finish, etc. What the point in buying doors off the shelf with brass hinges then using brushed nickle handle sets? These shouldn't be confused with the solid core doors often sold in home centers as cheap alternatives for sheds and such.

- PEDRO VALDEZ (Cheyenne, WY), 02/24/2019

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