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Interior Doors

Interior doors are often an afterthought but should be considered part of the overall room design. The door should match or compliment the walls and molding and be both a functional divider and attractive fixture.

Styles

You can choose from flush doors, flat panel doors, raised panel doors, and French doors.

Flush doors have no pattern to them, just a smooth surface. These doors are the least expensive of all styles.

Flat panel and raised panel doors have a frame with either inset or raised patterns (respectively). The horizontal boards are called "rails," the interior vertical boards are called "mullions," and the vertical edge boards are called "stiles." The rectangular boards in the center are called "panels." Paneled doors are much more elegant than flush doors.

French doors are flat panel doors with glass instead of the panels. They are an excellent way to divide off a room while retaining much of the light and perception of space. Curtains or shades can be added to the French doors to give privacy.

Materials

Doors are made of a variety of materials: metal, plastics, fiberglass, veneered wood, and solid wood. The "artificial" materials are often textured to give the appearance of wood, and are cheaper and less subject to warping. While considerably more

expensive, we like a heavy, wood door for the satisfying weight and rigidity.

Finally, doors carry a fire rating that indicates how long they can retard a fire. Make sure your doors meet any local zoning codes.

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