Front doors are made from many different materials. You will want to choose the material that will work best for you and look amazing on your home. The material that you choose will be dependent on whether you have a storm door or if your entry door is going to be exposed to the elements all of the time. Some materials hold up to the sun’s harsh UV rays, wind, and rain more effectively than others. Let’s take a look at four different types of materials commonly used for entry doors.
A wooden door can be considered a piece of art, because of the beautiful craftsmanship custom door builders put into their product. You will be able to find doors that have been finished to look like oak, cherry, mahogany, walnut, maple, fir, and pine. Stock wood doors are the cheapest, but they are not made of solid wood. Instead, they have a wood veneer over an engineered wood core.
True solid wood doors cost a lot more, but they will last a long time if properly cared for. The best solid wood door will have intricate carvings and moldings as well as thicker panels. If you choose a solid wood door, we recommend using a high-quality stain and finish to prevent the wood from absorbing moisture or swelling.
Steel doors will not crack or warp and they are stronger than wood and fiberglass doors. If a steel door happens to get dented, you can easily fix it with an auto body repair kit. The inner frames of these doors are either made from wood or steel and then the cavity is filled with high-density foam insulation. Maintenance of steel doors is minimal, but they may require repainting after a while.
Fiberglass Composite Doors
Fiberglass composite doors are maintenance free and very durable. They are affordable and have long warranties too. Fiberglass doors are made to look exactly like wood doors and can be stained to look like oak, cherry, walnut, pine, and other wood.
Aluminum doors have insulation like steel doors, but these doors are only sold through dealers and each one is custom made for you. Since they are custom made, you can request a door in any style and color. These doors have a baked-on finish so they will never need to be painted and they will never rust.
Choose Carefully and Call Us for Help
Your new front door is going to make a statement for the front of your house, so you will want to choose carefully. We can assist you with your choices and give you options that will keep you in budget for this project. We understand that you want your door to function properly and look amazing. We’ll help you with all of the difficult decisions including material type, color, and whether you use sidelights, transom windows, or decorative glass as decoration for the entryway.
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