Solid Core Door Fast Delivery Free Install

Written by:Vancouver Door Company

Purchase high-quality interior and exterior doors for less that are delivered right to your door in 7-10 business days!.Due to the overwhelming demand and supply chain delays for building products, normal processing lead times and availability of some products may be affected. A solid door is more soundproof than hollow, so you can get some sleep even when the rest of the house is awake. When it comes to closet and bathroom doors, space is always a consideration. Save space by installing a pocket door or barn doors for your bathroom.

Solid core doors are utilized for various applications ranging from Architectural, commercial to even residential. Not all residential solid core doors are exterior or entry doors. In many cases people prefer to have solid core interior doors due to the sound dampening and insulating qualities that a normal interior hollow core door does not provide.

The term solid core is just what it states “a solid core” but it is a generic statement in itself as solid core refers to many different types of cores. Usually when specifying a solid core door it means any other core that is not hollow core. Hollow core doors are not really hollow but have a paper or cardboard type core laid out in a “honey-comb” or grid type configuration. Some may even have a foam core that can also be found in hollow metal doors.

All manufacturers construct a typical door in the same manner with the core being the base that is framed with rails at the top and bottom and two vertical stiles, which make up the sub door. There are two typical methods to building this sub door, one is a loose lay method and one, which actually bonds or glues the stiles and rails to the core. The latter of the two is the preferred method for most architectural grade doors and provides a very durable product for heavy and extra heavy usage. Door skins (different subject matter) are typically about an 1/8″ thick overall including the backer and outer veneer that are glued and pressed to the sub door by either a hot or cold press for a given period of time.


Core types for “Solid” core doors;

Particle Core (PC) – Produced from a coarse sawdust material that is denser at the surface than at the center. This allows for a better surfacing and screw holding. LD-1 core is most common but an LD-2 core can be specified. The LD-2 is a denser and heavier core than LD-1 eliminating the need for hardware blocking that is recommended for most particle core doors.

Staved Lumber Core (SLC) – These cores are produced from small blocks of wood, which are butt jointed and glued together. Each block of wood (generally pine) must maintain a specific dimensional tolerance before it can be produced into one core. This would be utilized more for an exterior type application.
Structural Composite Lumber Core (SCLC) – These were introduced to the market just a few years ago and are produced from flakes or large chips layered in different orientation when pressed together to achieve a very strong and stable finished product. These are used in several applications including but not limited to exterior doors and doors that require a full vision lite or glazed panel.

Agri-Fiber Core (AC) – Produced and similar to particle cores in their appearance. The base material for these cores is wheat or rice that can be combined with other fiber type materials. These are typically specified for their environmental or “green” qualities for LEED type projects. They are a Rapidly Renewable material, not a forest product as are the cores described above.

Mineral Core (MC) – These cores are produced by a limited number of manufacturers and the materials used to produce them are proprietary to those manufacturers. They are used in wood doors requiring a fire rating of 45 to 90 minutes. Blocking with a denser material similar to the core for attaching hardware is highly recommended for these types of products.

Sound Transmission Class core (STC) – These cores are engineered and very specific to the ratings for which they are specified. Each STC rated core may be constructed differently to achieve the rating it is tested for and is also proprietary to each manufacturer.

Bullet Resistant core (BR) – These types of cores can vary in thickness which gives it its ballistic rating and is usually sandwiched between two other thinner pieces of different core types (usually particle core) to get the overall door thickness specified IE: 1-3/4″

There are variable construction types that can utilize the cores outlined above to gain certain qualities such as lead lined or X-Ray doors and electro-shielding for instance but, just about all doors produced will utilize one of these cores.

So next time you request a solid core door it would be beneficial to both you and the manufacturer to know what type of “Solid Core” door you are in need of based on its intended usage.

For more information on architectural wood doors, contact Vancouver Door Company at:


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Whether you need your front door replaced and/or an interior door, Home Depot, as you probably know, offers a wide range of doors from popular manufacturers such as Andersen, Jeld-Wen and Masonite.

As long as you purchase the door directly from Home Depot, they will be able to help install it for you for a fee by using one of their third-party insured installers.

The average reported Home Depot door installation cost

Solid Wood Doors Vs Solid Core Doors

The costs of having a door installed by Home Depot will greatly depend on the type of door (exterior/interior) you’re looking to have installed, your location, the current promotion being held and the complexity of the job. From our research, customers, in order to receive a quote will first have to set up a measurement via one of their professionals, which, most of the time, will cost about $35 or so. This fee, however, like any Home Depot professional installation service they offer, will be credited toward the final bill if you do decide to go ahead with them for the installation process.

Once you receive the measurements, Home Depot will then ask you to come into the store to discuss your options, look at potential doors you can buy and receive a finalized installation quote.

Depending on the factors above, the costs to have Home Depot install a door can start at $100 to $125 per door via an advertisement, plus a $15 removal fee, if the door can simply be swapped out. If the door frame has to be modified in any way, there will be an additional $75 to $100 charged on top of these fees mentioned. These are the installation fees only and will not include the costs of the door. Refer to our “extra costs to think about” below to see what else you may need to budget for as most people do report paying much more than the advertisement price.

Joseph Colangelo at confirmed these estimates we received and stated his wife was quoted $639 to install two storm doors. This estimate included the cost of the two doors ($200), the measurement ($35), $254 for the door installation and another $150 to add trim to the frame during the installation., in its detailed guide comparing Home Depot and Lowe’s to their business, notes the labor fee often starts at $149 per door.

The extra costs to think about

Solid wood doors vs solid core doors

As mentioned, the estimates mentioned prior will not include the costs of the actual door. Depending on the type of door you want to purchase, the costs will vary, but to make things easier, we broke down the starting price point for each type in our table below:

Type of DoorStarts at..
Hollow-core, Slab Door$30
Hollow-core, Prehung Door$75
Solid-core, Slab Door$80
Solid-core, Prehung Door$150
French Door$500
Storm Door$225
Pocket Door$300
Security Door$150
French Doors$165
Sliding Glass Door$400

If the installer has to repair any part of the door, such as the door jamb or changing the swing of the door, then additional fees may apply.

Most of the time, it has been reported they will install a lockset for free during the door installation.

An extra charge will occur for door disposal fees.

If you want new hinges on the door, this is yet an additional fee to consider. Hinges, depending on the type, can cost $5 to $15 each, but once purchased, the store will install them for free.

What you should know

Home Depot does not install the doors; rather, they will outsource the job to a local and licensed contractor who Home Depot background checks, meaning you will have a different experience than most online as all contractors, as you can imagine, will vary.

Home Depot will often only carry certain doors in stock, but some may have be special ordered, which could take up to 14+ days to arrive.

Solid Core Door Fast Delivery Free Installation

When using the company’s installation services, they do offer a one-year installation guarantee.

Solid Core Door Fast Delivery Free Installation

According to Home Depot’s official reviews, 79% would recommend their door installation services, with 22,000+ reviewers giving an average 4.2 stars out of five.

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