Steel or Fiberglass Entrance Doors?
You may be building a new home, or replacing your windows and doors in your home, or even upgrading to better quality such as fiberglass. When choosing an entry door, one of the main factors to consider is the material of the door. The three main materials that are most popular are wood, steel and fiberglass. Each material has its benefits and some has its limitations in size, design, maintenance, etc. Due to the high amount of limitations that wood doors have, the two most recommended door materials are steel and fiberglass.
Fiberglass doors are a modern choice used for entry doors and have great features and benefits. Fiberglass has slim to no maintenance, has energy efficient benefits, and is flexible to be deigned in many ways. Fiberglass doors do not need a finish on top due to its baked on finish and can be customized to suit your needs.
Appearance and Design
Fiberglass entry doors have a wide variety of styling options. One of the great features of fiberglass doors is that they can be designed to look exactly like a wood door. These are called wood grain finish fiberglass doors. When choosing a reliable company to purchase your fiberglass doors from, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a real wood door and a wood grain fiberglass entrance door. Decorative glass can be added to the door, as well as sidelights and transoms in any style you desire.
If you are looking for a door that will be thermally efficient, then your best choice is a fiberglass door. Fiberglass is the best insulating material used and has a low u-value when used for windows and doors. High performance fiberglass doors can act as an insulating factor to your home while providing an aesthetic look for the face of your home. Fiberglass doors from Fibertec are filled with insulating foam (not every company offers this feature), allowing your door to be more than 3 times more energy efficient than steel doors.
Upfront, fiberglass doors are more expensive than steel. However, fiberglass doors do not need any maintenance and will not scratch, dent, rust or warp no matter how long you have your doors. All the benefits of fiberglass doors ultimately surpass all other door material offered in the market and will last longer than steel as well as wood.
Steel entry doors are known to be durable and is an overall good, sturdy material to use for an entry door. Steel on its own is not such a great insulator and as a result steel entry doors are usually insulated when used for homes. Steel doors are classified by its gauge number, usually ranging in the 20’s. The higher the number, the thinner the steel is.
Appearance and Design
Steel doors have a sleek look to them and can have a very pleasing appearance when painted properly. Steel doors can also have panels that are either embossed or bolded to add character to the door. Decorative glass can be added to the door, as well as sidelights and transoms in any style you desire. Sometimes steel doors can rust, or chip, making it very important to have the door pre-primed from the manufacturer and painted with high quality suitable paint such as acrylic, oil based or semi-gloss paints.
Steel conducts temperature and can be hot/cold to the touch according to the weather. Steel entry doors for homes usually come in 24 or 22 gauge. Better quality doors will have high quality insulation as well as a strong frame to support the door. 24 gauge doors are thinner than a 22 gauge, however if proper insulation is implemented correctly, your 24 gauge steel entry door can be more energy efficient than a thicker steel door.
Steel doors are inexpensive and are an ideal choice when working under a budget. Buying a steel door is a cheaper option than fiberglass, but is still safe and reliable. Take into consideration that occasionally steel doors have to be repainted, or maintained to prevent from rusting or paint chipping which will add to the cost of the door in the long run.
Steel entry doors can be a great choice for you if you are looking to purchase an inexpensive door that can be customized to your liking, but will not be the most thermal efficient choice. Fiberglass doors have the beauty, authenticity, energy efficiency and security combined all in one and is ultimately the best choice. The higher price will definitely be worth it in the long run.