It may be easy to overlook interior doors, but they’re part of your home’s overall look and greatly impact its appeal. If your interior doors are all different, or if they’re different colors, you should consider replacing them. If doors don’t match, the entire home loses cohesion. Also, consider replacing interior doors if they’ve become damaged or no longer sit properly in their frames. Minor damage to solid wood doors can be more easily corrected by sanding and then staining or painting again, but these heavier doors are also more prone to moving out of alignment with their frame. A wood door that won’t close properly and has significant damage may be better used elsewhere in a home.
Remember, each type of interior door offers its own benefits and there are a number of interior door types to choose from, including:
- solid wood doors
- faux wood doors
- engineered wood doors
- bi-fold doors
- fire-resistant doors
- pocket doors
- accordion doors
- French doors
If you choose to replace some or all of your existing interior doors, you’ll discover they come in two varieties: pre-hung and blank, or slab. Pre-hung doors have their jambs pre-attached, and space in the wall was made to accommodate door and jamb together. Blank, or slab, doors are crafted to fit into a jamb already set in the wall. Once you’ve purchased a new blank door, the next step is to remove the old one, lay it on top of the new door, take measurements and cut them to match. Replacing a pre-hung door means removing the door and jamb, but you won’t have to worry about cutting a new door to the proper size. It does have to fit perfectly in the wall opening, however, which means using wooden shims and a great deal of patience to get it just right.
One simple way to update the look of an interior door without replacing the entire door is to change the door trim. Removing and replacing door trim can typically be done in the space of an afternoon. You’ll need a pry bar to remove the old trim, and new trim to replace what you’re removing. There are many trim types available including flat, easy-paint options to larger, flared crown molding. You can also find decorative corner blocks or lintels to match your tastes.
If you have questions, or if you’re ready to replace some or all of your interior doors, give Liberty Builders a call to see how we can help.