Entry doors have such an important role in overall lives of all our homes and properties. They also have rather difficult tasks and needs to fulfill – to be tough enough to endure the wind as it blows, torrents, burning sun, burglars and almost equally as importantly, to be appealing enough to be able to impress.
If they can fulfill all that then you would obviously feel safe, satisfied and relaxed within the four walls of your home. How to make all that happens in the place and how would you know which door is the right choice in your specific case? We suggest that you first start by comparing those main materials available for exterior doors - steel, fiberglass, wood, and glass.
Entry doors have always had such an important role in overall lives of all our homes and properties and have been holding this role ever since. They also have rather difficult tasks and needs to fulfill – to be tough enough to endure wind blows, torrents, too hot sun burning, burglars, and almost equally as importantly, appealing enough to be able to impress. If they can fulfill all that, then you would obviously feel safe, satisfied and relaxed within the four walls of your home.
How to make all that happens in the place and how would you know which door is the right choice in your specific case?
We suggest that you first start by comparing those main materials available for exterior doors: steel, fiberglass, wood and glass.
As other things we’re daily experiencing, the materials also have their strengths and weaknesses.
If you’re looking to save money, a steel door may be a good choice. Steel ensures the toughest barrier against burglars, but you might be really surprised that this advantage over fiberglass and wood is not as significant at all, as you might be thinking.
Steel doors can also suffer dents, but unless it is not a big one damage, it can easily be repaired. If you would decide for an all-paneled steel door it is sure you would be provided with a quite significant insulating value which would help you with cutting your electricity costs. In addition to that, such steel door is definitely one of the least expensive options.
However, steel has a shorter lifetime than wood or fiberglass, and when exposed to salt air or heavy rains it can rust, and for that reason it should not be your primary choice, especially if your place is subject to harsh weather conditions. In comparison to wood and fiberglass doors, steel better conducts temperature and thus is definitely less suitable when exposed to extremely hot or cold conditions.
Fiberglass composite doors
Obvious advantages of fiberglass doors are the following facts: they are the most durable one, they're the easiest one to be maintained of all these materials, and they are reasonably affordable. Also, they have a very long lifetime and are usually delivered with warranties covering you for as long as you would be living in the house where the doors have been installed.
Due to being rather easy to maintain, fiberglass doors would not need any painting or coloring retouches for years and it absolutely lasts longer than wood or steel. Since they are also highly resistant to all those issues usually connected to both wood and steel doors like warping, denting, rusting or decaying, fiberglass composite doors fit rather well in humid climates and harsh weather conditions.
Wood is still one of the most common choices for many homeowners. Contemporary wood door models are often constructed in the shape of sandwiches of the wooden core with veneer layers over it which is subsequently enabling them to be better resistant to deforming. While wood doors are obviously still righteously considered as most luxurious and attractive, they are highly demanding when it comes to the issue of maintenance.
It is due to the fact that wood is most sensitive to wetness and moisture as well as to overexposure to burning sun, all well known to be the causes for door cracking, warping and deforming. Therefore, it is very important that your door is properly and timely protected from all these issues in order to make it last much longer. So, when deciding what wood doors to purchase, look for durable stains and high-gloss finishes, to most safely protect the wood.
And finally, do think of choosing your door based on its energy efficiency potential. Obviously, efficiency depends on many other factors than just the material a door is made of. For the beginning, do pay attention to the Energy Star label rating when comparing doors and for any of the issues of interest around your exterior door proper professional implementation.