Exterior Doors: Comparing Wood, Steel, and Fiberglass

Here is a comparison of wood, steel, and fiberglass exterior doors.

The three materials for exterior doors that are most common are wood, steel, and fiberglass. Each homeowner is unique and has different needs for their home. That’s why we partner with Therma-Tru, Simpson, and Masonite. They each offer a wide array of durable, energy-efficient, and stylish exterior doors. Narrowing down on a door that suits your home the best is no simple task, and that’s why we’re here to help. Before you buy a replacement door, consider this. Here is a comparison of wood, steel, and fiberglass doors.

Wood Exterior Doors

Wood doors are very durable, but they require some upkeep. If you want your wood doors to look brand new, we suggest that you refinish them annually, so they retain their aesthetic appeal. Refining wood doors also helps prevent moisture issues. Simpson doors have a Nantucket and Waterbarrier series that aid in durability, longevity, and prevents water issues. Simpson’s Performance series blocks moisture absorption and has the option to add a medium-density overlay (MDO) and PVC sticking to aid in extra protection. 

Fiberglass Exterior Doors

The core of fiberglass doors involves two molded skins made of polyurethane foam. These skins are an excellent insulator against heat and cold. The fiberglass sheets, in combination with the foam core, doesn’t absorb moisture. That means that your fiberglass door won’t rot, warp, peel, or bubble. What’s even better is that you can paint and stain fiberglass doors so that they mimic wood grain. They’re a contender when it comes to high insulation, low-maintenance, and being scratch and dent-resistant. Masonite has a wide array of beautiful, energy-efficient fiberglass doors. If you like the classic aesthetics of wood, but want to bump up the energy-efficiency, then this is indeed the best choice. Therma-Tru doors have fiberglass doors as well as wood options in oak, mahogany, and other stunning wood types. 

Steel Exterior Doors

Steel doors are more of a practical choice. Their main benefit is not necessarily aesthetics. They’re a very affordable option that won’t rot. Another advantage of choosing this kind of door is that you can paint them and add the same type of polyurethane foam that fiberglass doors have. What this means is that steel doors can prove to be excellent insulators in this case. Homeowners often go for this option as it relates to their garage entryway. The only downside to a steel door is that they can dent and rust. Masonite also offers steel exteriors, wood doors, and glass doors as well with harder-to-find panel options. 

Each door type has its advantages and disadvantages. However, understanding their exposure to the elements can help you make a solid choice. Need a new door? Give us a call. 

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