All of them can be either painted or stained in a variety of colors and finishes, but there are a number of other door options as well. Wood isn’t the most commonly used door material. Steel and fiberglass are more popular choices in the residential market. And together, they make up 87% of all residential doors in the U. S.
Types of Materials Used in Doors
If you’re thinking about installing a new door, you want to consider all your options so you can find one that’s right for you. There are several door options, and all of them have their pros and cons. Some of the common materials that are used to build doors include:
- Wood — If you care about aesthetics, wood is going to be your best choice. And there are hundreds of available options. However, wooden doors can give you some extra challenges, such as added maintenance costs and a hefty price tag. Wooden doors can be prone to swelling and rotting, and they can fade if they’re exposed to a great deal of direct sunlight.
- Steel — Steel is the most commonly used material for residential doors in the U. S. And according to a study conducted by the AAMA, it had 47% of the market share in 2016. Many homeowners see it as a cost-effective solution that can give them a number of options. Not only are they inexpensive, but they can also give your home a level of security and weather resistance that’s comparable to more expensive options.
- Fiberglass — Fiberglass doors are in the same price range as steel, and they’re insulated with a dense foam. They don’t dent or rust, and they have a smooth or textured skin that can be painted or stained. Some fiberglass doors can come with a wood grain. And because of the foam core, they’re one of the more energy efficient options.
- Aluminum — While it’s not commonly used, aluminum does have some advantages. It never rusts, but thew finish can get damaged. These doors are usually custom-built for the specific opening in which they’re installed, and they can be a great choice if you want a door the will be covered under warranty for a longer period of time (which is usually 10-20 years).
As your looking at all the different door options, it’s important to get all the components from the same manufacturer because it will make sure that all the parts will fit together perfectly. And if it has glass panels included, look for ones that have low-E glazing because it can help with energy performance and efficiency. Ideally, you want to see the door in person before you make your final purchase, and many dealers and distributors have a showroom that you can visit.
Door installations require special skills and expertise, which is why you want to hire Phillips Roofing and Restoration to get the job done correctly. If you want more information about how we can help you with your next door installation, get in touch with us today!