Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Options Abound When It Comes to Replacing Interior Doors; HOME Q&A

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Options Abound When It Comes to Replacing Interior Doors; HOME Q&A

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Q * We are updating our 50-year-old house in hopes of selling it. Our last two projects are replacing the interior doors (they are flat hollow core and really date the house), and replacing medicine cabinets.

We are confused about how to proceed with the door replacement. Should we go with the pre-hung doors, or just take down the existing doors and replace them without removing the frame? This is a five- bedroom house, so we're talking about a large number of doors. Naturally we'd like to keep costs to a minimum while ending up with a fresh new look. Any advice about replacing medicine cabinets, i.e. pitfalls to avoid? Suzanne H., Ballwin

A * Changing the doors can make a huge difference in the appearance of the home, especially if the old doors are of the dark stained variety.

The options you have are many. First is the style. You can choose a six-panel door (these are designed so that there are six raised "panels," which give the door a sharp design. In addition to the six- panel design, similar designs include a two-panel, four-panel, raised arch design at the top and many more. However, if you choose anything other than the six-panel, you may have to special-order the door, which will cost slightly more and take a week or more to get it.

In addition to the panel design, a flush door, basically just flat, has no panels or moldings. Generally, these are the less expensive of your style options.

Once you've chosen the style, the next decision to make is whether to get hollow-core or solid-core doors. Most interior doors today are hollow core. This means the door has basic framing but is generally hollow on the inside, making it lightweight and much less expensive than a solid core door. However, if you plan on staining the doors instead of painting them, and you have chosen a six- panel, you will have to get a solid-core door, as they don't come in hollow-core.

Your next decision is to get pre-hung doors or slab doors. A pre- hung door comes complete with the framing and casing. …

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