When installing a new front door to your home, you need to consider several factors. The entry door to your house is most likely going to be one of the first things that someone sees when they visit your home. First impressions are important, and your home is no exception. The first decision that you need to make is which material you’d like your door to be made out of. Generally, you have three options: wood, steel, or fiberglass. An important factor to consider when making the decision is the climate in which you live. Different materials thrive better in certain climates. Examine the pros and cons of each material below and decide which one is the best option for you.
Wood. If you are looking for a door based on aesthetics, wood might be the option for you. Doors made from wood can come in a variety of shades and species. Another benefit of using wood is that they can take almost every color of paint and stain. A wood door will last the longest when it is installed in an area that shelters the door from extreme weather and temperatures. If you choose a wood door and do not take the necessary steps to keep it protected, it could be at risk for warping.
Fiberglass and Composite. This material is used on a frequent basis, generally due to its durability. Fiberglass doors are known for being tough and requiring little maintenance. They also can be made to look almost exactly like a wood door. When you choose fiberglass, you also get the benefit of a longer warranty.
Steel. Steel doors are sturdy and require little upkeep. If you’re looking for a door that will last and keep you home and loved ones safe and protected, steel may be your best bet. But, a con to choosing this material for your entry door could be that with large amounts of sunlight, they tend to absorb the heat and can burn the skin when touched. If your home resides in a climate that is subject to extremely hot temperatures, it might be a good idea to go with a different material. Steel also tends to be less energy efficient than your other options, whether it is cold or hot the temperature can be conducted through the inside surface of the door, unless a thermal break is implemented.
At McCarren Supply, we have a wide selection of entry doors to fit your home’s style and your needs. Visit McCarren Supply to browse our doors or visit our store to speak with an associate who can help you find the perfect door for you.