What to Know About Upgrading Your Front Door

What to Know About Upgrading Your Front Door

As with garage doors, front doors have various construction options and ensuring you select the best front door for your home is important.

Entry Door Material Options: Advantages and Disadvantages

Wood Doors

Advantages:

Elegant and unique. Custom Design options in any species. Doors can be sized to fit any opening.

Disadvantages:

Wood does not hold up to weather conditions such as rain, direct sunlight and hot and cold temperatures. The wood will rot, swell, crack, split and warp so regular finish maintenance is important to the door’s lifespan. These doors are generally not insulated.

Consider:

  • Door construction
  • Grain species (some hardwood lumber will weather better than others)
  • Door thickness
  • Panel molding and sticking

Fiberglass Doors

Advantages:

Fiberglass entry doors are starting to become a more popular alternative to wood doors. The polyurethane foam core provides five times the insulating value of a wood door, which and lead to lower heating and cooling costs and improve the comfort of your home year round.

  • Available in wood grains for a painted wood look.
  • Will not warp, crack, rot or split like a wood door. Stands up to severe weather.
  • Generally, less expensive than wood.
  •  Energy Star® qualified.
  • Can be painted or stained to match the exterior color scheme of your home.
  • Usually has a lifetime warranty.

Disadvantages:

If the door is grained fiberglass and stained improperly, it can look like plastic. It is best to purchase the door pre-finished from a dealer that offers a manufacturer finishing option.

Consider:

  • Door construction
  • Warranty
  • Polyurethane foam core insulation
  • Energy Star ratings
  • Factory pre-finishing options

Steel Doors

Advantages:

Steel doors are an attractive and economical option featuring high definition panel embossments with a smooth surface in a painted finish. It is insulated with a polyurethane foam core and Energy Star qualified.

Disadvantages:

Steel can rust or dent. In extreme temperatures, the surface of the door can feel hot or cold to the touch because of the increased thermal conductivity.

Consider:

  • Door construction
  • Steel gauge
  • Energy Star rating
  • Manufacturer pre-finishing options

 

Entry Door Design Options

After you decide on a construction material, the fun begins. There are many accessory options, such as decorative glass and hardware, available to enhance the look of your door. Exterior doors can be designed with fullview glass panels, ¾ view, half view, ¼ view, with one sidelight or two, and even transoms. Glass options range from clear glass to decorative glass including textured and tinted options. Clopay® is the only manufacturer that offers matching garage door designs that coordinate with our entry door systems.

Use our Visualizer tool to try on a new entry door. Call us at 704-523-8063 for any entry door questions you may have.

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