What greets visitors to your home before you do? It’s your front door. An attractive main entrance door says, “welcome”, and stands as the focal point of your home. The most common choices for exterior doors are steel, wood, and fiberglass. Here is some basic information on each of these options:
The most popular as most exterior doors (90%)installed in homes today are made of steel. Metal doors are durable, secure, and well-insulated. They are the most resistant to the effects of weather, and their strength gives an added measure of security. They are also attractively priced. That doesn’t mean that choosing a steel door means settling for a plain look. You can get a range of door finishes and multiple decorative looks with glass and brass details. About the only thing that can detract from a steel door is that over time, it can become marred and dented.
With all the features and benefits of steel doors, you might wonder why anyone would choose anything else. Owners of restored older homes who want to stay faithful to the period may view a wood door as a necessity in order to maintain their home’s authenticity. A homeowner of a new home built in a traditional style may prefer the visual integrity of a wood door. Although wood doors are subject to warping, expanding and contracting, and cost more, they have a richness and elegance that transcends time.
Exterior doors made of fiberglass can look like wood, yet have the qualities of steel. They are durable with a compression molded composite surface that won’t dent, crack, split, or splinter. They resist shrinking, swelling, and warping with temperature changes and the solid polyurethane foam core gives greater insulating value than wood. Prices of fiberglass doors fall somewhere between steel and wood.
All three door options: steel, wood, and fiberglass are available in different styles, configurations, and sizes. Regardless of which you choose, your new front door will accent the distinctive character of your home for years to come.