Usually easy to remove and profitable to resell, doors are very common on the reuse market. There is a wide variety of eras and different styles of doors, sold in numbers or by the item, sanded down or left untreated. However, most frequently found on the market are old, solid wood interior doors. Modern doors (PVC doors, alveolar panels, etc.) are more rarely recovered, although they can be found at certain suppliers. It is even more unusual to find batches of fire doors from modern buildings.
Doors are rarely sold with their original frames and these are difficult to remove, store and reinstall. Some dealers offer to make frames in the desired style in old pitch pine with the identical appearance.
Interior pitch pine doors account for a large share of the market. They are of varied size and appearance:
solid or glazed
single or double doors
Dealers in reclaimed doors also usually offer a wide range of hardware.
Other types of door:
Recent exterior doors in wood, PVC, etc.
Glazed interior office doors
Painted door panels
For old, solid wood doors, several treatments are available to the buyer:
Resizing: doors can be reduced in size or enlarged. They are planed if they need to be reduced by just 1 to 1.5 cm. It is possible to further reduce them in size, and indeed to further enlarge them, but this requires more complex operations.
Finish: Stripping and other surface treatments
unstripped ~30 €
stripped ~60 €
Door from the early 20th century: €100 - 170 for an unstripped door.
€50 - 150 for resizing a door, depending on the complexity of the operation.
Doors sold as a series have greater value than isolated specimens.
Did you know?
Solid wood doors can easily be stripped chemically, by soaking in a bath of caustic soda. Several specialist workshops offer this service and work closely with suppliers of old doors. However, doors made from reconstituted wood (chipboard, plywood, etc.) will not stand up to this treatment.