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Part 1: Entry Door Options: Which One is Best for Your Home – Factors Affecting Performance

Choosing an entry door for your home may appear to be a pretty straight forward task, but at times, it may not be as simple as that. Apart from selecting the right design, you need to know enough to choose one that’s made of the right material, because choosing the wrong type could have a significant long-term impact on your home.

However, with so many different types of doors available on the market, how would you know which one is best for your home?

Every type of material used to manufacture entry doors has its particular advantages, from price to design and durability. The key to choosing the right type of material is not in the material itself, but in your particular environment.

Here are some questions that will help you decide which type of material to choose.

1. Are you concerned about the security of your neighborhood?

If security is a major factor, then you’ll need to pick a material that provides you with the greatest sense of security. Steel entry doors are currently the toughest on the market, making them a great choice.

2. Is the climate in your area prone to weather extremes?

Many people prefer wood or wood composite for their entry doors, but wooden doors have a tendency to warp when exposed to extreme weather. Wood also has a tendency to fade if it is exposed to direct sunlight. If climate is your main consideration, then it’s best that you keep wood doors off your list of choices.

3. Is cost a major consideration?

Wood is certainly the most expensive type of material. If you’re on a tight budget, consider steel or wood composite.

4. Do you need an entry door that has the best insulation properties?

The hottest phrase among consumers today is “energy-efficient.” One of the most energy-efficient materials used for entry doors is fiberglass. In fact, fiberglass doors are five times more energy-efficient than wood doors.

Choosing from among a wide variety of materials may not be the ideal situation for some people. After all, if a particular type of entry door has been around for decades and is still being used today, then that door must really be reliable. If you’re this type of person, the next post in this series will provide more information on conventional materials for entry doors – so stay tuned!

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