Comparing Painted and Laminated Doors

Doors make up a huge part of your home's design and come in a wide variety of styles. Two of the most common types of interior doors are painted and laminated doors. Though they are functionally the same, they do possess some material differences which give each type of door a specific set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding the differences between what painted and laminated doors have to offer your home can help you choose the best type of interior door for your home.

Painted Doors

Painted doors are the more common of these two variants of interior doors, mainly because they are the more affordable option. The reason for this is twofold: firstly, the painting process is much less labor intensive than the lamination process, reducing costs. Secondly, painted doors are widely available in a wide range of different specifications, which means that they do not need to be custom made to your specific needs – a prefabricated unit likely already exists in the dimensions and coloring that you want.

However, painted doors do come with a couple of downsides, the most notable of which is the fact that their finish is not extremely durable. Over time, the paint on painted doors can chip and fade, especially due to moisture, UV exposure, and repeated use. This can increase maintenance needs in the long run, as the doors will need to be repainted or replaced as they experience wear.

Laminated Doors

Laminated doors, like their name suggests, are fitted with a laminate finish. This is a much more durable finish than simple paint. This means that they can hold up to higher amounts of wear without fading or becoming visibly damaged, reducing your maintenance costs over time. Additionally, the laminated finish of these doors is resistant to water and moisture buildup, which means that they are a better fit for humid areas, like kitchens, foyers, and bathrooms, than their painted counterparts.

However, laminated doors come with a higher price tag because the finish itself is more expensive to install and because laminated doors need to be custom ordered, as they are not mass produced as painted doors are. Furthermore, laminated doors are much more expensive and difficult to repair if their finish becomes damaged, unlike painted doors, which can simply be repainted and resealed. 

For more information about painted and laminated doors and which you should choose, talk to a company like Window Planet.