When it comes to installing the perfect front entry door, choosing the right material is important. There are three main types to consider.
Interior or Exterior – Wood Entry Doors
Stain-grade hardwood doors continue to be extremely popular and give your home a warm and inviting look while providing the most options for customization, such as carving, addition of wrought iron scroll-work and glass inserts.
Wood is susceptible to the effects of the sun, moisture, and outdoor elements. If not properly cared for, wood will deteriorate and is generally not a good idea in areas or locations with exposure to harsh outdoor elements. Without overhang protection (large covered porch or portico), hardwoods with a south, southwest, southeast or western exposure requires more frequent maintenance. Wood exposed to extreme situations can experience finish deterioration, color fading, wood splitting, warping, wood joint separation, and other problems. Even when protected under overhangs it still requires occasional maintenance and may need to be refinished every two to five years.
Interior and Exterior – Fiberglass Entry Doors
Today’s fiberglass composite doors have the look and feel of real wood with the low maintenance of fiberglass, they do not bow, rot, or warp, and they never have to be refinished like wood. They stand up to the elements, such as salt air, heat, and moisture, and can be customized by style, paint choice, and even glass inserts. There are many choices to fit your home’s style. The reason they are so sought after besides prices is they get their wood-like finish in fabrication, where they are created by initially taking a mold of a wooden model.
Interior and Exterior Metal Steel Doors
Steel and Metal doors add an additional level of security and you can get fire-rated type for the interior of your home. They are very durable, are much heavier than other types, and require extra hinges and a special multi-point locking system. The surfaces are paintable to match your interior or exterior aesthetics and are offered in a variety of looks. One very popular style can be a combination of wood, glass and wrought-iron grill work if you prefer wood and metal, however if you want all metal with wrought-iron grill work they can give your home an elegant, stately appeal, while metal and glass can provide a modern contemporary style.