When replacing your front door, or any exterior entryway, you’ll have to decide which material best suits your needs. The three most popular choices for doors are wood, fiberglass and steel. All three materials are equal in terms of longevity. However, the component of which the door is manufactured depends on the opening itself. For instance, a curved doorway (and thus door) would be available in wood only.
Wood doors are usually plywood or laminate with hardboard backing and an energy-efficient core that provides insulation. This type of wood door is cost-effective but will require aesthetic maintenance as fading or peeling can occur. A storm door is recommended with this kind of door. On the other hand, a 100% solid wood door, though more expensive, is heavy, secure and resists shifting and expanding.
Steel doors come in a range of quality, colors, thicknesses and prices. Be aware of the gauge of the steel: the higher the number, the thinner the material. For example, 24-gauge steel is very thin, bends easily and is meant only for temporary fixes. For home use, 22-gauge steel is the way to go. This thickness holds paint well, can have a simulated wood grain and is low-maintenance.
Fiberglass doors are extremely low-maintenance, strong, resist dents and scratches and are also available in mock wood grain finishes. The surface does not necessarily have to be finished like wood and steel doors do. As a result, even unfinished fiberglass doors can last for years, impervious to mold, rust and other deterioration.
Call Bordner for a front door consultation. We specialize in Provia steel and fiberglass entryways that are suitable for every home and weather condition.