Comparing Exterior Doors: Wood vs Fiberglass vs Steel

Comparing Exterior Doors: Wood vs Fiberglass vs Steel
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When looking at which type of door is best, we will take a look at wood doors, steel doors and fiberglass doors. We will look at which door material is best in the context of exterior doors for the home.

Wood doors

This type of door is best for people who want a warm and traditional feel for their home and for whom security isn’t a top concern.

Pros

  • They provide the most decorative and personalization options, such as adding decorative glass to the door.
  • On your own you can add paint or stain to them.
  • Wood doors are sustainable. When a wood door reaches the end of its life span it can be refurbished and used to make something else, such as a table top or cupboard.
  • Less manufacturing time is required with wood doors, so depending on the type of wood you choose you can usually get a great value for your money.

The affordability and customization of wood doors does not come without its problems however:

Cons

  • They are not as secure as steel or fiberglass doors in that they have the potential to be kicked in.
  • If you live in a hot climate, a wood door may not be the best option for you because the wood can expand and you will end up paying more to fix and maintain the door.

Fiberglass doors

This type of door is a good balance between wood and steel doors in that they are very similar in appearance to wood doors, but also much stronger.

Advantages

  • Strong, very secure, energy efficient, better insulated than wood doors and require less maintenance.
  • Won’t crack, peel, scratch or expand like wood doors.
  • Three times stronger than wood doors.
  • Look so similar to wood doors that it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.

Steel doors

These doors are best for those who need to shore up their homefront against the elements.

Advantages

  • Most energy efficient
  • Best for those who live in areas with harsh climates where things such as hurricanes or tornadoes occur. Steel doors are very strong and hold up to these things, as well as heavy snow and rain, very well.
  • Many come with a fireproof option
  • They can get dents but can be easily repaired if need be

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Summary

If you are looking for a more traditional style and aren’t too concerned with home security or the elements, then wood is a good choice for you as you can save more money. If you want something more unique that is similar (but superior) to wood in many ways, then the more expensive fiberglass option may be your best bet. If you needs a door that can hold up well against the harsh elements, then steel is a good choice for you.

When choosing the best doors for your exterior it all comes down to where you live, your personal taste and of course your budget. Doors are relatively inexpensive home improvement items though, so don’t be afraid to splurge on exactly what type of door(s) you want.

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