Your front door is more than just another entry door. It keeps out intruders, protects your home’s interior from extreme weather, and helps to make your home attractive to guests.
Homeowners love steel doors because they address all of these issues. Other common entry door materials such as wood and fibreglass also have their own strengths and weaknesses, but could steel doors be better than wood and fibreglass doors?
Steel doors are the obvious choice for homeowners prioritizing security and durability. Steel doors are much stronger than fibreglass or wood doors. They can’t be kicked in and are extremely hard to bend.
Steel doors conduct heat, which means that they may feel cold or hot depending on the ambient temperature. That said, many steel-coated doors that contain high-density polyurethane foam to prevent heat transfer are Energy Star certified. Other equally energy-efficient steel doors come with hardwood or oak moldings inside for improved insulation while providing strong security.
For wood doors, beauty is their strong suit. Homeowners can choose from natural-finish doors to custom designs fabricated from mahogany, walnut, cherry, oak, pine, fir, and maple, among others. But steel doors are also attractive as they are easy to paint and customize. Since steel doors l last a lifetime, you can change the appearance of your doors after a few years to give your home a fresh look.
Fibreglass doors provide superior wear and tear resistance compared to steel. Plus they can be stained or painted. But steel doors don’t warp or crack, and any dings or dents can be easily fixed. Most steel doors are made from high strength 20-26 gauge steel that will never crack, rot, or warp, ensuring life-time protection. Galvanised steel is resistant to rust, corrosion, and scratching.
Steel doors are also the most affordable option. Even a high quality steel door with premium hardware and sidelights will still cost less than a wood door system.
There’s a reason why steel doors account for nearly half the market. They are extremely reliable in terms of weather resistance, security, and maintenance. In addition, they are fairly inexpensive. But to ensure that you get a quality entry door, only work with a reputable manufacturer who doesn’t compromise the materials, weatherstripping seals, threshold interlocks, or paint work. Also check that you are getting an Energy Star certified door for energy savings and comfort.