Hollow core or solid core doors?

Hollow core or solid core doors?

I recently had a conversation with a customer about the choice between hollow core and solid core interior doors. I thought it might be useful to share my thoughts on this subject. The following is a list of comparisons that may help guide with your decision.


Common sense would dictate, with little dispute, that the s.c. (solid core) door will have an extended life beyond that of a h.c. (hollow core) door. The question would then be how much longer the s.c. door will last, as compared to the h.c. door. I’m unaware of any studies on the subject but, in my opinion, there is not enough difference in lifespan to warrant the added expense for the s.c. door.

Sound Transmission:

It may be a bit counter-intuitive but, since sound is transmitted through a material by vibrations in that material, it would then make sense that the hollow space in the h.c. door would offer a buffer from the vibration passing from one surface to the other.


I have long preferred the more substantial feel of the s.c. product. The subliminal message that speaks of quality of construction cannot be understated in my opinion. That consideration aside, I appreciate the ability for fingertip closing that the additional weight of the s.c. door provides as well. Because of room air pressure variances, more effort is need to securely close the h.c. units.


For obvious reasons, the s.c. product is the more expensive door. If you are a first time home buyer or otherwise very budget conscious, then the h.c. door is a fine alternative to consider. If, however, you are building a more upscale home, the s.c. product may be a better choice. As a percentage of the total cost of the home, the cost difference between the h.c. and s.c. doors is fairly insignificant.

About the Author:

Lynn Delagrange Inc. was formed in 1985 as L.D. Construction Inc. d.b.a. Chateaus by Delagrange. Louis Delagrange was the company’s first president and Lynn Delagrange served as vice-president for the organization. Prior to the company’s formation Louis and Lynn ( Louis’ nephew ) had worked together on several residential project with Louis as the builder and Lynn as a freelance supervisor. In 2000, Lynn purchased Louis’ portion of the company and is its president and sole owner. The name of the company was changed to Lynn Delagrange, Inc. at the time ownership had changed. Lynn began his career in construction, at the age of 13, working summers on his father’s ( A. D. Delagrange ) building company. He has spent the entirety of his time since, involved in every aspect of the construction industry. Lynn has been married to his wife Sue since 1988 and together they have two grown children. Lynn and Sue attend Pathway Church regularly and he relies on his faith as guidance in the way the company is managed. He enjoys playing golf, spectator sports and reading. Ron Schrock has been superintendent for the company for over 20 years and visits each project on a daily basis to ensure things are progressing as expected and to expedite the project in any way necessary. Ron and his wife Patty are kept busy evenings and on the weekends enjoying their riding horses. Wanda Goneau is our administrative assistant, in charge of all of the office duties. She will be the pleasant voice answering the phone when you callus as well. Wanda is devoted to her four grandchildren and loves attending their many activities. Now that you know a little bit about us, we would love to get to know you!