Entry doors are often more than just front doors—those we tested can also be used in back or on the side. Because the front entrance of your home commands the most attention from the street, it also commands the most attention in the marketplace. Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun, and would-be intruders, and still attractive enough to add to the curb appeal. So what kind of door should you choose?
Naturally warm and inviting, wood doors are the most common. Versatility and beauty are their strong suit. Natural-finish wood doors come in oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, maple, fir, and pine. You’ll also find paint-grade doors in several softwood varieties, such as pine and western hemlock. Wooden doors provide the classic luxury look that other materials try to mimic.
They are best used in a covered area such as a house with a porch, or in combination with a storm door that will protect it from the elements. The enemy of a wood door is moisture that causes rot. Wood doors can scratch, peel, bubble, and warp if not protected. Water from rain can seep into joints, loosening them and allowing air to enter or exit, making them less energy efficient. Look for doors that combat this problem with proper water-barrier construction that allows rain to run off the door without entering joints.
However, a wooden door will last for many years with minimal maintenance of painting and staining. They’re also the type of door least likely to dent, and scratches are easy to repair.
Steel entry doors are made of a wood frame that holds insulation to make them energy efficient. Doors, including the frame, are clad in epoxy-coated galvanized steel. The steel has a baked enamel finish that can be painted in the color of your choice. The energy-efficient core helps lower heating and cooling costs. A high-quality steel door can last a lifetime with little maintenance and they will not warp like wood doors.
So what’s the downside? They can dent, paint can chip, and un-repaired scratches can lead to rust. Steel doors don’t resist weather as well as wood doors in industry tests when faced with the laboratory equivalent of torrential rain, strong winds, and a decade of wear and tear, either.
Overall, a wooden door is likely to be your best bet, but we would love to help you decide based on your unique situation. Give us a call at Midlothian Garage Doors