Do you have an entry door and you are not sure if it is time to replace it? Some of the biggest tell-tale signs that your entry door needs replacement are if there is any cracked paint, mold or mildew present. Additionally, if your door is older than 20 years old, it should be replaced. As the weather gets colder, is it drafty near your door?
If it’s time to replace your entryway door, there are several types to choose from and having a professional install it ensures you have the best possible solution for your home.
The following is about two common types of entry doors that are currently available, fiberglass and steel. Wood is also a popular option and we’ll talk about its pros and cons in another post.
Fiberglass vs. Steel Doors
Many homeowners typically look at wood as being their primary choice when seeking an entry door. However, there are many more durable options that are just as attractive. This section is going to weigh the differences between fiberglass and steel doors.
This type of door is excellent for the entryways in your residence with the highest traffic. If you are looking for something that is strong and durable, and capable of taking a lot of abuse, then fiberglass is the best option.
The Aesthetics of Fiberglass Doors
Some have the misconception that a fiberglass door looks cheap and is not as attractive as a wood door is. Fiberglass doors come in a variety of designs and many look every bit as attractive as a wooden entry door does. Some of these fiberglass doors will even fool you upon first glance; they look so much like wood.
The next type of entry door there is if you are not interested in a wooden one, is a steel door. A steel door is an excellent option for any home or small office.
Steel doors are extremely durable and can withstand heavy traffic and use. This type of door is capable of withstanding all weather conditions, as well. A steel door will not warp from excessive moisture as a wooden door does.
The Aesthetics of Steel Doors
Similar to fiberglass doors, steel doors also have the appearance and ambiance of a wooden door. Homeowners who are looking for the modern, architectural design often opt for the look that a steel door gives their entryway.
Steel doors are very durable and low maintenance, they are guaranteed to withstand the elements of various weather conditions for many years.
Related Questions about Entry Doors
How long does it take to install an entry door?
The time involved to install a new entry door depends on the size of the project. However, it can usually be completed within a day.
How is an entry door measured?
Measuring an entry door involves the measuring of the width and height and rounding to the nearest inch. The door trim and frame are also considered.
When shopping for a new entry door remember to weigh all the options available. It is wise that you purchase one that has the aesthetics and durability to meet your needs. As mentioned, the new steel and fiberglass entry doors are both beautiful and durable. These doors are easy to install as well as affordable.
If you are considering or need to replace your exterior doors, 180 Contractors can help. As one of Michigan’s trusted home improvement companies, our exterior door installation team will install a high-quality door, with unique style at a competitive price. Having your entry door professionally installed guarantees that it is done right.
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