How to Decide
Homeowners often ask, “which entry door should I choose, steel or fiberglass”?
The short answer is – it depends.
The technology for both has come a long way, and typically either choice will deliver much better long-term performance than a traditional wood door. Plus, they're much easier to maintain. How then, does a person decide? It truly depends on your personal taste and preferences. Here are some key factors to consider.
Fiberglass Entry Doors
The popularity of fiberglass entry doors continues to increase, and with good reason:
Fiberglass come in Many Grain types
Beauty – Fiberglass doors most closely mimic the defined grain of traditional word doors and come in Smooth or a number of Wood Grain textures like Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, Knotty Alder and Fir, as well as a variety of stain, glazed and paint colors.
Endurance – Unlike wood doors, fiberglass entry doors do not shrink, warp, split, crack or delaminate. They’re ideal for harsh and humid climates. Because fiberglass doors last so long, many come with strong warranties.
Maintenance – Fiberglass entry doors offer low maintenance, resist denting and can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
Energy Efficiency – Fiberglass entry door systems are engineered to be highly energy efficient. The polyurethane core, heat-resistant window trim, Q-Lon stripping and entry doors work together to keep the cold but in winter and heat out in the summer.
Security – The solid construction of fiberglass entry doors provides significant security over wood doors.
Cost – Fiberglass doors are typically less expensive than a high-end wood door (depending on the model, glass options and hardware selected), and offer longer durability and far less maintenance.
Steel Entry Doors
Steel entry doors remain popular, and are a solid choice for a variety of reasons:
Beauty – Steel entry doors are available in smooth or wood grain textures, in multiple stains and paint finishes, and come in a variety of door styles, including some with glass.
Durability – Steel doors, particularly those made of 20-gauge steel line, won’t crack or warp and are the strongest, most durable doors available on the market.
Maintenance – Steel doors will offer low maintenance depending on the galvanization (rust prevention) and thickness of the steel.
Energy Efficiency – Steel entry doors offer significantly more energy efficiency than wood doors.
Security – Steel entry doors offer the best solution for owners concerned with building or home security.
Cost – Steel entry doors are very affordable compared to wood doors and offer significant long-term value.