Comparing hollow and solid doors may look like a trivial task, but it is a decision you have to take when you upgrade your interior or when you build a new home. In this article we will focus on hollow doors and we encourage you to take a look to our article about solid doors, with their pros and cons, same as this one.
First the most important of all pros in the list. They are way cheaper. When we tackle a project like refurbishing our home or even building a new one, budget is always an issue (find some cheap and quality window blinds). In this case, hollow doors are much cheaper than solid ones and this can be even 20x cheaper in some cases when you compare them to really expensive wood. If you are on a tight budget you should go for hollow doors.
They are lightweight and this makes them easier to install. Actually, if you are just a bit handy, you can do it yourself with not so many tools and you won’t need extra help from anybody. Transporting them is also much easier and less dangerous because the less weight the less chances of having an accident with them.
Since they are hollow, they are not prone to expansion or contraction due to temperature changes or moisture. It is quite annoying when you can’t close a door because it expanded or warped. This will never happen with hollow doors.
Painting them is easier than solid doors because most of them come pre-primed. Also, since you don’t care about covering the natural wood, because they aren’t, you can paint them any color you want. Of course you could do this with a natural Cherrywood door but it will be quite overkill.
Hollow doors are easy to get damaged than solid doors. Since they are hollow, they are quite easy to break and scratch. If you are not careful or you have somebody who likes to hit doors at home, they are not recommended.
Once they break, there is no way to repair them. If there is a hole in a hollow door, there is not much you can do to repair them so, the only option is to go to the store and buy a new one. They are cheap though.
They provide no insulation or noise reduction. You can imagine what will happen with these doors if you install them in your bedroom. They provide almost no insulation or noise reduction so, if this door is going to go to a room where noise should be suppressed, bear in mind it will not do its job. Same goes with temperature insulation.
Finally, their cheap look and the fact that doors is something that stands out in any home, may turn off potential customers or reduce the value of your home. Even customers don’t notice or tell, the feel when you want to buy a home with hollow doors is “cheap”.