Many people think that doors are essentially a one-size-fits-all kind of product. As long as it’s the appropriate size and made from a sturdy material, what’s the difference? The truth is, there is a lot of nuance to consider when choosing entry doors for your home.
Whether you are replacing existing doors, are installing them into a brand new home, making the right choice requires diligence and a few helpful tips. During this article we’re going to fill you in on everything you need to know in order to make an educated purchase. Shall we get started…
Factors to Consider Before Selecting Entry Doors
The three most common materials are wood, fiberglass and steel. Each comes with its own pros and cons:
It’s important to choose a door that looks fantastic and fits with the existing décor of your home. Many buyers like wood for that exact reason; it comes in a variety of species and colours, and gives the home a wholesome aura.
However, these days steel doors come with beautiful vinyl or even wood veneers that look just as good as traditional wood entry doors, along with all of the benefits of steel. Fiberglass models are also made to mimic the appearance of wood.
Sturdiness and Durability
A steel or wood inner frame under a 24-gauge steel skin is very strong but has a downside when it comes to longevity. Pairing a steel door with an aluminium storm door can cause an excessive amount of heat in the summer months, potentially damaging the finish on a steel door. These doors generally degrade faster than wood or fiberglass.
Fiberglass doors are generally the most durable and require the least amount of maintenance. On the other hand, wood doors are popular for the aesthetic factor but tend to become warped when exposed to harsh weather conditions.
When it comes to the inevitable question of which door fits your budget, consider the following. Steel doors are generally less expensive than wood or fiberglass. If you’re in the market for a low-cost entry door, steel is probably the best option.
If you have a bit more money to spend, fiberglass doors are more aesthetically pleasing and durable than steel. And at the high end, solid wood doors are the gold standard.
When choosing both windows and doors it’s important to consider the effect they have on your monthly energy bills as well as the environment. While steel doors cost less than other models they don’t provide the best insulation, meaning that heat escapes in winter and cool air escapes in summer.
Fiberglass doors tend to be the most energy-efficient overall. While you’ll pay higher initial costs than with steel, you’ll make back every penny with lower monthly energy bills. Wood generally stands in between fiberglass and steel in this regard.
If you live in the Edmonton, Calgary or Winnipeg area and are looking for a top-notch windows and doors specialist, we recommend you give us a call. We make custom-made entry doors from steel, wood and fiberglass and are certain to have a solution well suited to your precise needs.
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