Choose the Right Doors For Your Home

Staying up to date with your doors not only keeps your homes aesthetic appealing, but it can also help with energy efficiency and noise reduction. Sometimes just updating your hardware can make all the difference in the world. Here at Johnson Lumber, we’ve got all you need to know about interior and exterior doors for your home.

Interior Doors

Woodgrain interior doors, Johnson Lumber

There are tons of options and considerations to make when picking out your interior doors.

Solid Versus Hollow

First, think about whether the door is for entry into a room or access for a closet. For bedroom doors, you’ll probably want to use solid core doors to cut down on noise transfer.

A solid core door it’s just what it sounds like, it’s a solid piece of material, usually wood. They are generally more expensive but worth it if you have kids or pets that tend to get loud.

For things like pantries, closets, or laundry rooms, a hollow core door should do the trick. They are less expensive than solid core doors and work as a physical separation between two areas but don’t do much for noise cancellation.


For interior doors, there are wood option and moulded options. Wood doors are made of solid wood. Moulded doors are made of wood by-product and then pressed together.


Also consider construction style.  Paneled doors with either raised or recessed panels add a little bit of decoration to your home. We sometimes call recessed panels flat panels. A completely flat door, also referred to as flush, can create a nice clean look if you’re going for a more modern feel. More than this , there are:

Style also refers to whether the door is smooth or textured. Textured doors have a wood grain appearance. Smooth doors lack texture—they are smooth.

  • pocket doors
  • the ever-popular barn door
  • wooden sliders
  • Dutch doors
  • saloon doors

Don’t be afraid to get creative.


Interior doors generally have two options here: smooth or wood grain. Smooth door will be just that, without texture, and can come in any construction style. A door with a faux wood appearance will most likely be a molded door.

Exterior Doors

beige brick home with Marvin Entry door

Exterior doors are very important – not just because they are the first thing people see when they come to your house, but because they also provide security for you and your home.

Entryways can be made of wood (solid core), fiberglass, or even steel.

If you’re thinking about going with wood, be sure there is a sufficient overhang to keep your door dry during storms. This will protect your door from unnecessary moisture and increase its longevity. Plus, with the right finish or coat of paint, your entryway should last for generations regardless of its material.

Patio Doors

Patio Doors
Choosing the right patio doors can change how you use the spaces in your home.

Patio doors are fun because they can come in so many different styles or combinations of styles. You can have French doors, glass sliders, even cantilevering garage-type doors. And from there the options are virtually endless. From material to glass style to color, you have the pick of the litter. You can match your aesthetic and create a truly amazing entryway onto your deck, patio, balcony, or backyard.

Energy Efficiency

When looking to create a barrier between the outside and the inside, always consider energy efficiency . For glass especially, there are a lot of factors that go into how efficient the door is at keeping the inside temperatures in and the outside temperatures out. Exterior fiberglass doors are the most energy efficient. Know how to read your Energy Star labels.

Gray door handel, Anne Arundel County, Johnson Lumber


Sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint and some updated hardware. There are so many new interesting styles of knobs, locks, and door pulls that updating any or all of those could give your home a whole new look. It’s not just gold or silver anymore Now you have dozens of finishes to choose from like brushed nickel, matte black, or even brass. So, whatever look you’re going for, you can find the right hardware to pull it off.

Johnson Lumber Has Everything You Need

Getting it right can be hard. And if you’re looking to update all the doors in your home, it can be a big undertaking. Let Johnson Lumber help you pick styles and construction. Our experienced staff has been doing this for a long time and they can help point you in the right direction. Don’t spend days or weeks sifting through catalogs or getting lost in Internet searches. Give us a call or come by our showroom. You’ll be glad you did.

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