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We pass through doors everyday without giving them a second thought, but when it comes time to buy new doors, there's scarcely a detail that goes unnoticed. Familiarize yourself with the most pertinent wood door options in order to find the type that suits your needs. And keep in mind that, if you can imagine it, a custom wood door manufacturer can create it.

Types of Wood Doors

Interior Wood Doors

Wood doors installed on the inside of a home typically have a thickness of 1 3/8" and are made from softwoods in order to reduce costs. Most are flat, but decorative panels add a nice touch. It's common to paint wood doors, but they can also be stained or sealed and clear coated - finishing methods which preserve the subtle warmth and natural grain of the wood.

Exterior Wood Doors

An exterior wood door with sidelites and a transom.

Exterior wood doors are made from hardwoods such as mahogany, oak, walnut or cherry, usually in thicknesses between 1 5/8" and 1 7/8". A raised panel door is a popular option for an exterior application - especially front entry doors. Many homeowners also choose to add sidelites - windows placed on either side of the door to let extra light in - and/or transoms, which have the same effect, but sit above the door. As with interior wood doors, painting, staining, and clear coating are all possible.

Wood Door Construction

Hollow Core Doors

Hollow core wood doors are made with a 2" wide perimeter of solid wood to accommodate hinge and handle installation, while the rest of the door is covered with a less-expensive veneer of 3/16"-1/4" wood laminate. They are commonly used as closet or bathroom doors, as their simple construction results in low retail prices.

Solid Wood Doors

French doors, bedroom doors, and exterior entry doors are common examples of doors with solid wood construction. Office and government buildings also use solid wood doors for their insulating and sound dampening properties.

Engineered Solid Wood Doors

Despite their positive qualities, solid wood doors tend to expand, swell, warp, and shrink with changes in temperature and humidity. Engineered wood doors, on the other hand, are designed to avoid these problems. These doors have a core made from multiple pieces of solid hardwood that have been sawn apart and glued back together, thus providing some give as the wood expands and contracts. A solid hardwood skin - or veneer - is applied over the core to add strength and durability. Engineered doors are ideal for use as exterior doors that are subject to yearly temperature fluctuations.

Wood Door Costs

Interior Wood Doors

The following prices are for a typical 2' 8" (32") x 6' 6" (78") interior pine wood door:

  • $100 to $200 installed for a hollow core door
  • $200 to $400 installed for a solid core door
  • A single interior French door costs $300 to $700 installed, while a pair costs $600 to $1,400.

Exterior Wood Doors

The following prices are for a typical 3' (36") x 6' 8" (80") exterior oak wood door:

  • $800 to $2,000 installed for a solid wood door
  • $1,500 to $4,000 installed for an engineered wood door
  • A pair of sidelites adds $300 to $800; a single sidelite costs $150 to $400.
  • A typical 18" transom costs $200 to $500.
  • Custom wood doors (i.e. doors made to order and built by hand in a workshop) typically cost $5,000 to $10,000.
  • Actual wood door prices can vary widely according to the door's size and style, as well as the type of wood used. Removal and disposal of old doors might add $100 to $400 to the total project cost.

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