When it comes to finding the right entry door, how do you know which material to use? It all boils down to what features and elements you want from your entry door. Both fiberglass and steel doors hold up better than traditional wooden entry doors that warp and fade with time, and are less energy efficient. Lets take a look at both to compare which material is best suited for you.
Fiberglass doors are the #1 replacement choice for St. Louis and St. Charles homeowners, and are best suited for single-family residences.
Style: Fiberglass can closely simulate the characteristics of authentic wood grain doors, and come in a number of wood grain textures like oak and mahogany. Bellville® Smooth is the most common door that we sell. You can also choose from a variety of stain and paint colors. Along with glass options as well.
Durability: Ideal for harsh or humid climates, fiberglass does not warp, swell or crack. Our doors come with rot resistant composite bottom rails and door facing, including the patented Z-Articulating Cap Fiberglass doors that last so long. Floyd’s Entry doors come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty!
Maintenance: Fiberglass offers the lowest maintenance, resisting denting and scratching, and can be cleaned with mild soap and water. You don’t even have to think about rust.
Energy Efficiency: Fiberglass entry door systems are engineered to be highly energy efficient. This is a material that will hold up against extreme temperature fluctuations, and keep its shape for a very long time. Our insulated inner core is insulated 5x better than real wood, making it the perfect choice for your entry door in St. Louis and St. Charles
Cost: Fiberglass doors will be may run more than wood doors, depending on the model, glass options and hardware selected, but offer longer durability and far less maintenance.
There are two finish options for Steel doors- HD and Sta-Tru. HD steel doors may be painted to the color of your choice, while Sta-Tru offers a pre-finished white option.
Style: Steel entry doors are available in smooth or wood grain textures, in multiple stains and paint finishes. Keep in mind though that wood grain textures in steel don’t fully compare to fiberglass. There are a variety of door styles, including some with glass.
Durability: Steel doors made of 20-gauge steel won’t crack or warp and are the strongest, most durable doors available on the market. Fiberglass material will crack if it is struck hard enough, steel will not. Available in 20 and 90 minute fire ratings.
Maintenance: Generally low maintenance, but if scratched through the galvanization, these doors can rust if not properly primed and painted. Dents and dings can be pulled and puttied with an auto-body repair kit.
Energy Efficiency: Steel can become hot to the touch on a hot sunny day, but that heat isn’t going to easily get through the insulation that comes with these doors. You’re not going to lose any energy saving benefits by choosing steel. Remember efficiency ratings will vary based on overall construction.
Cost: Steel entry doors are very affordable compared to wood doors and offer significant long-term value. Of course price will vary on style and options.
Overall, fiberglass and steel are both great options for entry doors. It really just depends on the price you are willing to spend, and the style you want. Either material you choose for your entrance door is an investment you will be glade you made.
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