Usually easy to dismantle and profitable to resell, doors are very common on the reclamation 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 salvaged, although they can be found at certain suppliers. Some companies also offer batches of fire doors salvaged from modern office buildings.
Some doors are sold with their original frames (including casing, jambs, etc.). The careful dismantling of these requires more precautions. When the original frames are absent, some dealers offer to make new frames in the desired style from reclaimed wood with the identical appearance.
Among frequent products, one can find interior wooden doors (pitch pine is frequent). 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 antique, solid wood doors, several services 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
Prices recorded in Belgium, the Netherlands or France:
- 'Commonplace' doors:
- 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 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.