Whether you’re looking for a front door for your new home or looking to replace your existing front door, choosing the best material for your front entry door is a pivotal part of the decision process. There are three best materials for entry doors that standout for their security, energy efficiency and maintenance: steel, vinyl and fiberglass.
Take a look at why these three materials top the list.
Steel is the leading material when it comes to affordability and one of the most durable materials available. Because of its strong build, steel doors are structurally sound and able to protect against intruders and outside elements. The material is also fire-rated and weatherproof. This makes them great for insulation as well. Because of the steel’s smooth surface, paint goes on easily and creates a clean, finished look. Alternatively, steel doors may be strong, but they are also difficult to repair if dented or scratched.
Fiberglass doors require little to no maintenance, making them one of the least expensive materials in the long run. Resistant to scratching, denting, and expanding due to moisture and heat, most fiberglass doors have a lifespan of about 20 years. They also come in an array of colors and can be easily customized to match your home’s aesthetic. Fiberglass doors can also mimic wood without the warping and upkeep that comes with a traditional wood material. Because fiberglass doors are made with breaks or seams, they are impervious to moisture and rot.
Vinyl is one of the most energy efficient and affordable materials for front doors. Their insulating properties enable them to withstand heat and cold transfer as well as insulate against wind and outdoor noise. Vinyl entry doors are also lightweight, making them easy to install and replace when necessary. This lightweight material also makes it easy to open and close the door with little to no strain. Vinyl can also appear like a traditional wood even including embossed simulated wood grain patterns without the worry of wood door upkeep.
Why are these materials preferred over wood?
Wood is a classic front door material option, but the material has declined in popularity in recent years as other options prove to provide better security, energy efficiency and variety of style. Wood doors also require regular maintenance, where the other options require very little maintenance.
Homeowners are choosing sturdier materials like steel, fiberglass and vinyl due to their durability and resistance to warping and weather damage. Wood front doors tend to expand due to moisture and heat, requiring more maintenance over the years. Wood front entry doors are also vulnerable to pests that can weaken the structure making it less energy efficient and secure.
While homeowners choose the look of a wood front door, that initial appearance can alter as the paint cracks and fades over time. Most wood doors will need to be scraped, sanded and repainted every three to five years.
Although wood material is inexpensive initially, the maintenance required over the years due to wear and tear will drive this cost up. If you live in a climate with seasonal changes, wood doors are not an ideal option.
Thompson Creek experts are here to provide expert installation and ensure that your door is built and installed to last. View our front door options or contact us for professional advice on buying or replacing your front door.