In part one, we looked at the signs that could signify that you need a door replacement. Now, we cover the door options you have for replacement. Having your entry doors replaced does not only mean getting a new model of the same version; if you find that it warrants it, you can switch to a whole new material that will bring more advantages to your home. Let’s look at the current market options.
Wood. Wood is still the preferred material of homeowners who want a stunning entry way. With its classic natural appeal, the material suits a wide range of architectural styles, too. Eco-conscious homeowners can also choose wooden doors that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC.
Wood, however, is expensive. And the material requires repainting every so often to minimize the potential for warping and rotting.
Fiberglass. Many doors made from fiberglass are designed to mimic the look of real wood, only with more benefits. As a material, fiberglass does not expand or contract with temperature changes – which means extra energy savings for your home. Unlike wood, it is also less susceptible to warping and rotting from the heat. And it requires minimal maintenance, and can last up to 20 years.
The major downside of choosing fiberglass doors is the fact that they usually come in pre-cut sizes. Homes with smaller door jambs may find it hard to find an installer who can cut fiberglass into the desired size.
Steel. Steel has an impressive recoup value, so you know you are getting your money’s worth when you go with this material. Of all the current door options, steel also offers the most security against intruders. It is also the least expensive.
But steel does not last as long as wood and fiberglass doors do, especially if exposed to the elements. When it gets dented, too, it is expensive to repair.
So when choosing entry doors, always consider:
- Your budget
- Your home’s architectural style
- Your energy goals
- Your willingness to conduct maintenance; and
- Your climate zone
But that’s only half the battle. Choosing a door material comes with post-installation considerations that you should be aware of, if you want to cash in on the advantages of the investment. We discuss that further in the closing segment of our blog series.