Finding the A‘door’able One

By : Nur Hafizah
19 April 2016

Doors are one of the fixtures that can change the look of a home dramatically. And if like me, you are considering what kind of doors will be great for your home, read on.

A few years ago, my then-fiancé and I wondered if we should opt for the doors offered under the Optional Component Scheme (OCS). So we did a bit of research and also checked out the renovation guidelines on doors. We looked mainly at wooden doors for our flat interior, and searched for more information on some of the other types available.

 

Solid wood doors

These doors look the most a‘door’able with their natural grains. Since they are made of natural material, they provide ample sound blockage but are also prone to damage. Doors can expand or contract when painted or stained, and you may see raw wood on your door’s seams when this happens. These will need to be maintained regularly and such fixes are also the most expensive.

Our thoughts on this? If you are confident that you can handle the high maintenance, then go ahead. If not, read on.

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) doors

MDF doors are made from recycled wood fibres and resin, and hence, are a cheaper alternative to those made of solid wood. It is easier to paint a smooth finish over an MDF door since there are no wood grains on it, and it is more resistant to warping – making it really durable.

MDF doors seem to be a viable option but we wanted a more ‘wooden’ look for our doors and so, we kept on looking.

MDF doors are made from recycled wood fibres and resin, and hence, are a cheaper alternative to those made of solid wood. It is easier to paint a smooth finish over an MDF door since there are no wood grains on it, and it is more resistant to warping – making it really durable.

MDF doors seem to be a viable option but we wanted a more ‘wooden’ look for our doors and so, we kept on looking.

 

Semi-solid doors

Semi-solid doors are often filled with wood fibres but laid over with wood veneer. It has a sturdy feel similar to doors made of solid wood and provides excellent sound blockage. What makes it different is also its price tag – these doors are more affordable than their solid wood counterparts.

We thought that this was a pretty perfect choice for us!

But eventually, we opted for the laminated semi-solid timber internal doors offered under the OCS. The decision was easy: it was a fuss-free choice, and since the cost would be included into our flat’s purchase price, we could use our cash savings for other items such as furniture! We also reasoned that we could always jazz the doors up by other means – such as using washi tape, or by painting them over.

We did not regret our decision, and the best part about opting for the OCS was that our flat was close to move-in condition when we got our keys!

As for the main entrance door, we chose to stick to the original provided. But if you are thinking of changing it, do note that there are a few guidelines to adhere to:

• If your main entrance door is along fire escape routes, where they open into passageways such as staircases and lift lobbies, you will need to get a permit to replace it.
• The replacement door and frame must be half-hour fire-rated, and have a PSB label pasted on them as well.
• The frame must have a door closer.

What kind of doors did you get for your flat? Show us some pictures or share some tips with us at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or on our Facebook page.

 


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