The entry door is one of the first things that people see when they look at your home. Not only does the door add to your home’s curb appeal, it also provides a level of security. Wood, fiberglass, and steel are the three most common types of entry doors.
Wood Entry Doors
For centuries, the only type of solid material available for doors was wood. Wood doors are still popular, but, in recent years, both fiberglass and steel doors have overtaken them in popularity. Wood doors are available in various species—including maple, teak, and bamboo. The material can be stained or painted almost any color.
Pros of Wood:
- Of the three types of doors, wood is the most easily repaired if it is scratched or dented.
- Environmentally friendly because the material is recyclable.
Cons of Wood:
- Wood doors are more expensive than fiberglass or steel.
- Requires more maintenance— you will need to be repaint and reseal every couple of years.
- Wood is moisture sensitive. If the wood is not properly cared for, it can absorb moisture. This can then lead to the wood swelling, warping, splitting, cracking, rotting, or peeling.
- Susceptible to sun damage.
- Not the most energy efficient.
Fiberglass Entry Doors
Fiberglass doors are constructed from two fiberglass skins and a polyurethane foam core. Also, fiberglass can have a smooth finish or a grainy finish that resembles wood. The material can be stained or painted any color.
Pros of Fiberglass:
- Unlike wood or steel, fiberglass will hold up under extreme temperature fluctuations.
- Fiberglass will not shrink, warp, split, crack, or delaminate.
- Unlike steel, fiberglass cannot rust.
- Fiberglass is not as heavy as steel or wood.
- Low maintenance material—easy to clean with soap and water.
Cons of Fiberglass:
- If struck hard enough, fiberglass can crack.
- Less durable than steel.
Steel Entry Door
Steel doors and fiberglass doors are constructed the same way. Instead of fiberglass skins, steel uses metal skins. You can have a smooth finish, wood grain finish, or the material can be painted. Steel doors are usually used by commercial property owners. Although, these doors are also well-suited for residential homes.
Pros of Steel:
- Steel doors are the strongest and most durable of the three types. It will give more protection than fiberglass and wood. Steel is the best solution for home security.
- Steel will not crack or warp.
- More energy efficient than wood or fiberglass.
- Usually better insulated.
- Cheaper than wood or fiberglass doors.
Cons of Steel:
- Steel can rust.
- Steel is prone to scratching and denting. Fix scratches right away to prevent rusting.
- Can be hot or cold to the touch depending on the weather conditions.
Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. has been helping homeowners in Lancaster, PA improve their home’s curb appeal with beautiful new, custom-made fiberglass or steel ProVia entry replacement doors. In addition to the manufacturer warranties, we back all our work with a full 2-year workmanship warranty! If you are considering replacing your entry way door, contact us today to set up an estimate.