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Entry Door Options

The entry doors chosen for a home has both functional and aesthetic purposes. To ensure that you select one that best fits your needs, consider the materials available. After analyzing the benefits and disadvantages of each, you will be ready to select the best one for your house.

Entry DoorWood

Virtually nothing compares to the unsurpassed beauty of wood in an entryway. The fine grain finishes available make wood a popular choice among homeowners. This material also feels warm and cozy to the touch, and minor scratches are no problem to repair. Disadvantages of wood include the possibility of warping and peeling paint due to moisture absorption. Wood is also expensive, and it is not as energy efficient as steel and fiberglass.

Steel

A steel entry door offers lower maintenance to keep a door in good condition. Steel will not absorb moisture as wood does, so issues with warping and peeling paint will not occur. This material offers effective insulation and energy efficiency, and it tends to be less expensive than wood. On the downside, steel dents easily. Any scratches that occur will develop rust over time. When you touch the steel surface, you will feel cold in the winter and warm in the summer due to temperature conduction.

Fiberglass

A fiberglass entry door tends to come out on top when comparing various materials. The advantages of fiberglass include low maintenance, resistance to denting and scratches, and high insulation efficiency. Fiberglass can have a variety of finishes, often simulating real wood grains. It’s also possible to stain and paint this surface. Fiberglass does not absorb moisture, so it will not rot or warp over time. If a homeowner purchases an inferior quality fiberglass door, it may have a shorter lifespan than higher quality doors.

After a comprehensive comparison, it’s possible to choose the entry door that fits your desires and needs.