Flush doors have appeared as a cheap alternate option after World War II incorporating the unique concept developed during the manufacture of airplanes. By using a lightweight core between two pieces of plywood or hardboard in a wooden frame, the flush door is light, strong and durable and is less expensive than standard manufactured doors.
The evolvement of Flush doors
After the improvements in the techniques of veneer the real wooden veneers were soon used to this process. The result was stunning as real wood flush doors overwhelmed the mass market. During the 1960s and 70s, countless homes have been built with veneer flush doors. Sapele wood was used widely because of its affordable price and unique pattern. It was a big step forward in style and design of the doors after traditional panel options and painted finishes people were used to. Flush door models declined in popularity during the 80s and 90s when new types of paneled doors became available at the market.
How did flush doors revive?
Flush doors are a new old trend in the 2000s. This is based primarily on three factors. First, flush doors are relatively inexpensive to produce compared to the paneled doors. Second, they are an ideal substrate on which any design can be placed, from the typical decorative veneers to more complex combinations of inlaid veneers. Third, when manufactured using composite solid cores, these doors can provide excellent benefits in the specification because of their stability. It is relatively simple to manufacture doors that are not only improved as regards their decorative effect, but that can be used as fire doors or acoustic doors without additional expenses.
In addition to real wood veneer or painted finishes, flush doors can be easily customized by adding decorative grooves and incorporating of metal or plastic to create even more interesting designs. They are used as a surface for an image, print or even a fabric and there are limitless variations available.