What It Is:
Anyone who has accidentally broken this type of door will know that it is not truly hollow. A fiberboard honey-comb structure inside the door provides strength so that the door does not bend or warp.
- Weight - Hollow core doors are light-weight, making them easy to transport and install by one person.
- Privacy - These doors fulfill the basic function of giving a room privacy.
- Low Cost - Most significantly, hollow core doors are inexpensive, with most costing less than $50. This is why most budget-conscious contractors and home builders will steer consumers toward hollow-core doors: it's one area to shave costs without completely eliminating a feature.
- Sound Transmission - Hollow core doors tend to transmit sound. For better soundproofing, use solid core doors inside your house.
- Difficult to Refurbish - Surfaces of veneered hollow-core doors are only about 1/8" thick. This thin veneer does not allow for much more than a light sanding, if even that. Many hollow core doors are all fiberboard, no veneer, which means that they can only be re-painted and never sanded. The prime advantage of solid-core wood doors is that they are 100% wood and can be sanded, planed, filled, and painted if they become damaged.
- Moderate Resale Value - Hollow core doors provide, at best, only moderate resale value, since they have become so ubiquitous. At worst, they can drag down the value of a house if that house has custom features that surpass the quality of hollow core doors.