In an effort to save money, 95% of all so-called “high end”door manufacturers fill the cores of their stiles and rails (and sometimes even panels) with inferior woods like pine or other scrap pieces of wood left over from the manufacturing process. If manufacturers do not do this, they use “engineered composite” or LVL that is similar to plywood or MDF. Doors sold as solid hardwood are often actually less than 30% solid. Not only is this improper marketing, it also has an impact on the overall quality of the door. Different wood species move at different rates, and mixed species doors can warp, twist, bow or have other problems.
An Antigua door’s core is the same species of solid hardwood throughout. For example, a Mahogany door has a solid Mahogany core and is 100% solid hardwood. When comparing manufacturers, be sure to ask your dealer, builder, or architect what percentage of the door you are considering purchasing is actually solid hardwood.