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Why Ville Doors?


US market offers endless options for interior doors. Because many of us purchase apartments and houses with doors already installed; we often look right past them. They go unnoticed like baseboards or moldings. But the doors can make a dramatic effect on how the room will look like. When shopping for interior doors, there are some points you need to consider: materials, style, soundproofing, door swing - are just some of them.

Most of us are not experts, and it's fairly normal. We don't buy doors every day. We let the contractor or interior designer do the job, and hope they don't charge us a fortune. Obviously they know what to do (if you pick the right one), but we want you, our customer, to have some understanding.

Let's leave the style selection to interior designers. We'll talk about quality, materials, price and types of the doors.

Some types of residential doors include French doors, pocket doors, Dutch doors, folding doors, sliding doors and traditional doors. Which one fits the best is determined by door opening size and interior. Traditional doors come in broad range of composition, style and sizes. Standard door heights are 80 inches, 8 feet and 10 feet. Ville Doors produces doors in standard widths ranging from 24 inches to 36 inches. Some models are available in 18 and 20 inches wide. All of the doors are 80 inches high. 8 feet doors are considered custom and require additional time for production.

By construction the doors are categorized as solid wood, hollow core, and solid core. Solid wood doors are made in wide variety of soft and hard woods. These are pine, alder, mahogany, cherry, maple and others. Some woods are more expensive then others, but overall solid wood doors cost more then hollow or MDF doors. In addition to high cost, these doors will expand or shrink with changing temperature and humidity. So it's better not to use solid wood doors for a bathroom, sauna or other dump places. Solid wood units are generally used as exterior doors.

Hollow-core doors were the standard in residential buildings for many years. Now they are slowly being replaced by solid or semi-solid core models. Hollow cores consist of thin wood or MDF (medium density fiberboard) framing covered with thin wood panels or molded plastic and wood composition. The core is hollow or may be filled with cardboard honeycomb, which helps them to hold their shape. These doors pass sound and temperature more easily. They are relatively inexpensive and on the low end of the quality spectrum for doors. It is unusual for the veneer, or whatever the covering material is used, to separate at one of the corners and come loose. Great selection of hollow doors is available at Home Depot.

Solid core doors are the doors produced by Ville Doors. They can be known as "stile-and-rail" doors. The production process is fairly complicated, compared to solid wood doors. But it solves the biggest problem for buyers - the cost. The doors feature a pine wood framing wrapped with sheets of MDF panels and oak veneer. MDF is an engineered material. It will not shrink or warp like wood depending on the humidity. However it's not as strong as wood. Combination of real wood and MDF panels makes veneered doors both stable to moisture and as strong as solid wood doors. Expensive oak is used only in veneer - very thin layer of wood, typically 1mm wide. This is perfectly enough to show the whole beauty of natural wood. Further treatment is done with varnish, the same that is used for expensive solid woods. The core is what makes the difference between Ville Doors and other door manufacturers.

 Fire Proof Particle Board

 

Cores have different construction depending on door design. Some of them are made from small pine wood blocks glued together. Particle board cores are used in thinner parts and made of sawdust and scrap wood binded together. In all cases the doors offer much higher level of security, they are heavier and stronger then hollow doors. Veneered doors will last longer, soundproof, help protect against fire and smoke.

Why Ville Doors!
More and more modern style interior doors come to the US market from Europe. In order to cheapen the production, many manufacturers use techniques applicable to production of hollow doors. Similar looking doors may have different structure. That is only visible to professionals. Some manufacturers use corrugated cardboard as the core material. Strength of this material is enough for apartment doors, if you don't try to damage them purposely. But it's nothing compared to solid wood blocks or particle board. To distinguish between the two, knock on the slab. Hollow core slab will produce an echo sound. Solid wood framing can be partially or completely replaced by particle board.

However, interior door assembly is not only a door slab. It is also door frame, casing, hinges and door handles. Ville Doors frame is made from solid wood. Both sides L-shape casings are made adjustable to different wall widths. No nails are required for installation.

 

When selecting interior doors, the following pointers should be considered:

  1. Your budget
  2. Interior doors style
  3. Dimensions
  4. Door swing direction
  5. Technical requirements (sound rating, fire rating, resistance to humidity)

 

When comparing types of doors, take into consideration the cost along with its benefits and features to help you make the right decision. And don't be shy to ask many questions. Good luck!