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Material Options for Exterior Doors

A door can make a huge impact on the appearance of your home. Every visitor is going to encounter it, and as such, it can add or detract from the appearance and quality of your home. Choosing the material your door is made of will take some time, but it will be well worth it and can be fun.

A door should have a two-fold job: One is to provide protection from the environment, and the other is to aesthetically improve your home’s quality. Depending on your needs and preferences, you might choose wood, steel or fiberglass composite.


The Good

A wood door can give your home a comfortable, organic, antique or inviting feel to it. Most modern wood doors are not completely wood, but wood skins sandwiched over a wood core. This method helps to prevent warping, gives your door a longer life and brings down the cost.

The Bad

Out of the three options for your door, wood will be the most susceptible to the elements. It can soak up moisture, can be easily cracked and chipped, and can change shape. The sun can cause damage or discolouration to your door over time. If you want to keep a wood door looking its best in the long run, it might be a costly venture. A durable or high-gloss finish can help to protect your door from the various elements.

Fiberglass Composite

The Good

The most appealing trait of the fiberglass composite door is the low amount of upkeep. In fact, it’s close to none. Fiberglass doors have an extensive lifespan and many companies offering these doors will offer lifetime warranties, so long as you remain in the house you installed the door in.

The Bad

You might not get the same inviting look that wood will give you, but there are many different styles to choose from.


The Good

Steel doors are a low-cost, energy efficient way to protect your home. You’ll get just as many different styles as you do with fiberglass or wood, and it is a durable material, going a long time without cracking or chipping.

The Bad

Steel is an oxidizing material, meaning that it can rust if you leave it, but some of the more expensive doors will have a rust-proofing coat. Out of the three options, steel has the shortest lifespan. If you are living in an area that has extreme conditions, you might not opt for the steel since it is a very conductive material.

Regardless of which material you choose, you can find a door that fits your taste and brings out the best in your home. Each has its own highlights and drawbacks, and can add a bit of your own personality to your home.

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