Upgrading Interior Doors

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Even though they are not exposed to the elements like exterior doors, there will still come a time when the interior doors in your home start to look a little shabby. This can be due to rough housing children doling out abuse or it could be thanks to age and every day wear and tear. Depending on the type of interior doors you have, it may be possible to add a coat of paint to breathe life back into them. For some doors, however, this may no longer be enough as painting over years of paint applications can start to make things look worse instead of better.

Like it or not, it may be time to replace one, some, or even all of the interior doors in your home. When the time comes to do this, the good news is that lots of options are available to take the look inside your home to an all new level. If there is a type of door you've been longing to add to your dcor, there is no time like the present to do just that.

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Depending on the location of your interior doors, one option to consider is glass. This may not always be an adequate choice for a bedroom, but if you have doors between living areas, a glass door can really dress things up. Glass doors can be purchased in models that are beveled, leaded, etched, or stained. Also available are full glass as well as ten or fifteen lite to enhance the area inside of your home.

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Paneled solid wood doors can be painted or stained to match the dcor of your home, giving them an added versatility over other door options. Solid wood doors also make great sound barriers in addition to being beautiful. This type of door will be pricier than hardboard doors due to being solid, but more economical versions are available in woods that are less costly, such as fir or pine. If you want to go all out, walnut or mahogany are more expensive choices.

Paneled hardboard doors are a step down from solid wood as they are composed of two pieces of hardboard that are molded to form the door itself. While this option is more affordable, it is also less versatile. Instead of being able to both paint and stain as is the case with solid wood, paneled hardboard is only able to be painted.

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Smooth wood doors are a very economical choice. They have a hollow core and are generally very basic in style. Being made of thin plywood sheeting makes them lightweight and easy to install but they are not very good sound barriers. It is possible to either stain or paint smooth wood doors to give them a look that compliments the interior of your home.

With your interior door(s) selected, the next time is installation. Start by removing hinge pins from the old door and carefully remove it from the frame. Since most interior doors do not have keyed locks, there should be none to move between doors, but if you do have lock hardware you wish to reuse, remove it from the old door and add it to the new one. Once this is complete, chisel recessed mortises in the proper locations for the hinges in correspondence with the placement of hinges on your door frame. Attach hinges to the door then hang by placing it carefully into the frame and replacing the hinge pins.

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Even something as simple as a couple of new doors on the bedrooms of your home can update and invigorate the inside of your home. Many interior doors can be purchased on a budget, allowing you to buy more than one at a time until you have tackled all doors in need of replacement. It may take a little bit of money and labor over a small window of time, but the process of interior door replacement is easy to complete and will make for a great addition and upgrade to your home interior.

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