Wood, steel and fiberglass entry doors have been on the market for quite some time. If you prefer to purchase an entry door made from traditional, tried-and-tested materials instead of the newer materials available today, then this information about the three most common entry door materials should interest you.
Out of the three traditional entry door materials, wood is the classic choice – solid wood that is. These days when we talk about wood doors, we have to distinguish between solid wood and wood composite.
If you prefer solid wood doors, keep in mind that they will require plenty of maintenance. This is because they have a tendency to warp, twist, peel, bubble out and fade over time. Solid wood doors are also a bit lacking in the energy efficiency department.
When it comes to durability and security, steel is still the best choice. However, steel is not very energy-efficient because it conducts heat and cold. Manufacturers today have found a solution to this problem by adding insulation between the steel panels to reduce heat and cold transfer.
When it comes to low maintenance, fiberglass wins hands down. Fiberglass will not rot, rust or deteriorate. It won’t warp, twist or bow. It can resist dents and scratches effectively as well. Fiberglass doors have the highest insulation value and are highly energy-efficient.
Conventional materials are great for some people, but there are also those who prefer entry doors made with all the bells and whistles that the latest technologies have brought to the table. In Part Three, we’ll discuss the newer types of materials used in the manufacture of entry doors.