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Choosing A Front Door

When it comes time to install a new entry door, the choices are usually limited to steel, wood, and fiberglass.  Within these three categories, there are definitely some variances that will affect how the door will perform and also how long it will stay looking great. 

One of the first things to consider is how much weather the door will be exposed to.  Durability of material and quality of weather stripping system is something to pay close attention to.  The door needs to hold up and also keep air and water out. 

Steel Doors

The inner frame is made of wood or steel that has a 24-guage steel skin.  The inside of most steel doors are filled with high-density foam insulation.  Finishes are polyester—which may require resealing from time to time.  If a premium door is purchased, it may have an even thicker steel skin along with a vinyl coating for improved weather resistance. 

If a steel door is exposed to direct sunlight, it can build up heat that makes it uncomfortable to the touch.  Steel doors are less energy efficient than wood or fiberglass. Gilbert Professional Remodel Company AZ

Wood Doors

Popular choice and very aesthetic pleasing.  Found in a wide variety of species and can take any stain or pain color.  Stock wood doors are sometimes veneer skins over an engineered wood core.  This helps to resist shrinking, swelling, or warping.  With solid wood doors, this is very common. 

Wood doors are good pick if installed in a protected area.  If not, they will require quite a bit of maintenance. Warping may also be a problem.  A good rule of thumb to remember is that wood doors with intricate moldings, thicker and wider stiles and rails, along with thicker panels are a sign of the best quality.  Gilbert Professional Remodel Company AZ

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