Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun and would-be intruders, yet attractive enough to make a good first impression. Meeting both of these requirements is no easy task. Many older homes have doors made of wood or wood veneer material. Both are prone to warping, cracking and delaminating after years of exposure to the elements. Other homes use metal doors which can sometimes chip and peel. Luckily, there are many great options on the market today for those looking to replace their worn door with a new unit, that is both functional and flattering to the home.
Here are a few of the most popular options:
A steel door is your best bet if security and durability are top priorities. Steel units are stronger than wood or fiberglass doors and won’t crack or warp. Any dents or dings on these doors can be pulled and puttied with an auto-body repair kit. All steel doors begin with an inner frame made of wood or, for greater strength, steel. The cavities within the frame are then filled with high-density foam insulation keeping warm or cool air in and the elements out.
Fiberglass-composite doors are tough and maintenance-free. They are a smart choice for those living in harsh or humid climates. Their wood-grain texture mimics the look of the real thing and can be stained to match oak, cherry, walnut and a variety of other woods.
Aluminum doors, much like their steel counterparts, use an insulation core covered by a metal skin. Aluminum doors have a baked-on enamel finish, so they rarely need to be painted and won’t rust. They are a great maintenance-free option and perfect for those wanting a long-lasting finished look.
Whether you need a minor repair or are looking to replace the entire homes exterior doors, Custom Installations is here to help. We have experience working with many types of door materials including steel, fiberglass-composite, and aluminum. Let our experts at Custom Installations help find the perfect fit for your home.