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Dcislander 02-18-2008 07:38 PM

Difference between door manufacturers
Hello all,
Thanks in advance for any advice. I am in the process of a complete renovation and I am replacing all 15 doors in the house. The bedroom doors and the bathroom doors will all be molded solid core while the closets will be hollow core. I have a bid from 84 Lumber for Jeld-Wen doors and a bid from Home Depot for Masonite doors, both the same style with the same features (it seems). They are about the same price too (Masonite is a bit more expensive). Is there a difference between the two manufacturers or a noticeable difference in quality between the two? I would rather find out now than later when there is a problem.
Thanks again.

troubleseeker 02-19-2008 09:27 PM

Check what they use for the perimeter blocking. I believe Masonite brand uses masonite for the perimeter core, thus you are fastening the hinge screws into glorified cardboard. I believe Jeld-Wen uses wood perimeter, but not positive that is still true. That is the main difference I see in the quality of these doors. Our mill supplier buys from a couple of manufacturers, so some orders come out with the masonite edges and some orders with the wood edging, but I don't know for sure from whom. Other than that, they are pretty much the same IMO. I don't think it is true any longer, but a few years back, the Masonite Corp manufactured all of the face skins, no matter who made the door. I believe by now the original patent protection has run out, and there are several companies stamping the "panel" skins.

Dcislander 02-19-2008 09:51 PM

Great suggestions. I will be calling both manufacturers tomorrow. One review of the Safe N Sound by Masonite says that it is filled with a wheat grass. They say it is much lighter than solid MDF while retaining a solid feel.

Thanks for the 411.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-20-2008 03:23 AM


Originally Posted by Dcislander (Post 99544)
Thanks for the 411.

Word ...

Dcislander 02-20-2008 10:17 AM

Talked to both Masonite and Jeld-Wen this AM. Masonite fills their Safe N Sound doors with wheat fibers to "go green" and keep the weight down while getting the benefits of a solid feel. JW uses a particle board core.

The all MDF doors really boost the cost, so I will probably go with one of these two.

Anyone on the forum have a preference? Wheat grass or particle board?

Thanks all!

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