Internal Doors Buying Guide

Door types: what to look for when buying internal doors 

Choosing internal doors means giving a home a new touch of character, but with the options available, what’s the right interior door to choose? It’s not always as simple as finding replacement doors similar to what's been fitted previously, or just finding the cheapest. For example, maybe a room has little natural light, so a glazed internal door might be beneficial. There are many options to adhere to your style of home, personal taste, longevity and budget.


Which internal door is best based on materials?

Let’s take a look at all of the internal door options, and answer a few questions along the way, starting off with “What are internal doors made of?”

Most internal doors are either:

  • Hardwood

  • Solid wood

  • Moulded

  • Glazed


What’s the difference between hardwood and solid wood doors?

Essentially, a hardwood door, also known as an engineered wood door, is made from several pieces of wood, built on a strong central core. These types of door are also known as solid core doors, which comes from their construction of an engineered core that is given a surface veneer. Internal solid wood doors are often made from a single piece of wood, either to construct the whole door or to make the panels. 

There are strong benefits to either type of door, which offer durability and insulation, as well as a level of sound proofing. Particular woods can be versatile too, as internal oak doors, for example, are available in different tones and styles to suit varying decors. If budget is a concern, hardwood doors can be more affordable than solid wood doors, although solid wood doors are of higher quality. 


What are moulded internal doors?

Moulded doors have often been the choice for those on a budget, especially when installing a number of doors at once. They can be hollow or solid, and are made of compressed wood fibres. These come in a variety of designs, including slatted, 4-panel and 6-panel moulded door styles.

One of the major benefits of a molded door is the overall weight. Solid wood doors can be challenging to fit because of their heaviness, which is less of an issue with moulded doors. Thanks to the way they are made, making them a lighter alternative, installation is often much easier.


Why choose glazed internal doors?

Cost isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing the right type of door for your home. Not all rooms get enough natural light, and for that reason a panelled or fully-glazed internal door has the potential to make a room feel brighter. The added benefit of this is it reduces the reliance on electric lighting, keeping overall costs down. When paired with natural woods for designs such as our oak glazed internal doors, the effect is timeless.

Finding the fit: what are the types of internal door? 

As the materials that doors are made from varies, there are different types of door styles, suited for different purposes and needs. The main ones we’re going to talk about here are:

  • Flush doors

  • Sliding doors

  • Folding and Bi-fold doors

  • Fire doors


Flush doors

When looking for more affordable doors, internal flush doors are ideal. Often used for bedroom doors, flush doors offer simplicity and are available in plain or textured woodgrain finishes.


Sliding doors 

Installing an internal sliding door is an ideal solution when space is limited, or if there’s a doorway in an awkward space. However, there’s no need to sacrifice design for practicality, as country style, oak sliding doors are available. 


Folding and bi-fold doors

As with sliding doors, internal folding doors can work in tricky spaces that don’t always allow for doors that swing out effectively, and can act as a room divider. Similarly, internal and external bi-fold doors help to expand your living space. Internal bi-fold doors can really change the feel of a home by opening up a throughway between the kitchen and dining room or lounge, for example.


Fire doors

Although not always a consideration, there are circumstances that require fire doors to be fitted in business and residential properties. Fire doors work by being a little thicker than standard doors. When fitted with intumescent strips in the doorframe, which expand with heat, they prevent the spread of smoke and toxic fumes, and hold back fires for a limited period of time. While they have a clear and practical purpose, it is possible to fit internal fire doors that still match the character of a property, such as those with panelled designs or fire doors with glass.

You’ll find everything you need to install the right door for any property at Travis Perkins. Not only do we have a wide selection of interior doors, we also have a full range of door frames and casings, along with ironmongery and security fittings.