Replacing interior junk luan hollow doors starting with newly renovated
bathroom...Replacing all as I renovate...Was wondering about Pre Primed
Masonite Composit Hollow Core doors..Anyone used them ?? Pros and cons ??
They supposedly don't shrink , swell ,warp or crack with the seasons like
the solid wood doors...Here in coastal Maine there are DEFINITE DRASTIC
changes in the seasons..LOL...Thanks...
Personally, I dont see much difference between a door skinned with masonite
and one skinned with luaun. Both are light weight, both serve their
purpose. The biggest difference AFAICT is that the Masonite ones often have
a pressed in pattern to simulate wood and/or panel construction. That turns
me off, just my opinion.
We have considerable fluctuation of humidity here in central Florida.
Temperature too but not to the degree that you do. The solid butternut
frame & panel doors I made a decade or so ago *do* respond to the humidity
changes but not to the point of being a problem to close, just one or two
that drag slightly on the floor in the winter. I don't like doors with a
large gap between bottom and floor and made mine with a gap of about 1/8 -
1/16; too tight, someday I'll shave the miscreants.
If a solid door cracks it is because it was improperly made.
And why do people knock luaun (Phillipine mahogany)? It is a decent utility
wood and some species can be quite attractive, wish it was available where I
That's what we are looking at..6 panel masonite...It will be what we
get..Nothing against the luan doors we have but they are 50 years old and
look it and we want raised panel doors..I have been in many high end homes
with expensive solid wood doors and they all seem to have paint cracks
around the panels , close hard , ect...Especially solid wood entry doors but
that is a subject for another thread...LOL..Thanks for all the
feedback...Merry Christmas everyone...
We just built a new house with solid Masonite wood grained panel
doors. The only problem is that if you have to remove them, they
are very heavy. But, they close and feel very solid. The last
house had the luan hollow doors. After 35+ years in the old house,
we got used to them, but these are nicer.
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