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The Front Door: Why Materials Matter

The front door is the face to your home. Some are bright and welcoming and others are soothing and reserved. Front doors don’t only serve aesthetic purposes but provide your home with energy efficiency and safety. If you’re in the market for a new front door be sure to consider not only the design but the material it’s made from as well.

Material Matters

Most manufacturers will offer a variety of door styles you can choose from and most manufactures combine materials such as steel, fiberglass and wood. The most important is the surface material because it will determine the price, appearance, durability and safety. Wood doors are the most popular material for front doors. They’re seen as versatile, strong and beautiful. There is also a multitude of wood species to choose from when shopping for a front door.

Steel Doors

Many homeowners don’t consider steel doors because they associate them with cold, sterile environments. The truth is, steel doors offer the most safety and durability of all materials. Dent and dings may occur but they can be repaired or pulled out with a recovery kit. Steel doors are the cheapest of all door materials and if you want that rustic feel you can opt for a wood-fiber coating.

Fiberglass/Composite Doors

Fiberglass doors are great for hot and humid climates. They look like wood and can be just as strong and durable. Fiberglass doors are extremely affordable at $200 for 3-foot wide, 6-foot 8- inch paneled door. The longevitiy of the door is typically dependent on it’s installation. So if you’re not able to do it yourself, be sure to consult a professional.

Aluminum Doors

Similar to steel doors, aluminum doors use an insulation core covered by a metal skin. Aluminum doors are sold exclusively through dealers and cannot be bought directly from the manufacturer. Aluminum doors don’t need painting and are guaranteed to not rust with a 20 year warranty. Aluminum doors offer many benefits but they usually don’t come cheaply. They’re the most expensive door material after solid wood.

When buying a front door, whether you’re just buying the door itself or the entire door-and-frame system, be sure all of the components are from the same manufacturer. Picking the right front door will pay off in smoother operation, less maintenance, and big energy savings. You’ll also have a beautiful entryway.