Choosing an entry door: fibreglass vs. steel

Your entry doors place an important role in aesthetics, security, and energy efficiency for your home. They also have a good return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value report for 2020. If you spend $1,800 on a new entry door, you can expect to increase your property value by $1,200. If you’re thinking about replacing your entry doors, you have a few things to think about.

Gienow Renovations in Calgary and Edmonton share some information on two entry door options: fibreglass and steel.

Pros and cons of fibreglass doors

Fibreglass entry doors are built to last, resistant to scratching, denting and overall wear and tear. They are very versatile in design. They can have embossed panels or even mimic the look of wood with authentic wood graining. You can paint and stain fibreglass doors. They are low maintenance with great thermal benefits but are more expensive than steel entry doors.

Pros and cons of steel doors

Steel doors are the most affordable option between the two and have been a very popular choice since the 1980’s and 90’s for residential applications. While less expensive, they are still energy efficiency and weather resistant. Unfortunately, steel doors do not offer as many design options like fibreglass, but they are strong, durable, attractive and a great option for those budget-conscious homeowners.

What about wood doors?

Wood doors offer a classic and warm look that homeowners love, but they are not a practical choice for Alberta’s climate, unfortunately. Most homeowners have moved away from wooden exterior doors because our harsh and everchanging weather causes them to warp and wear much faster than their steel and fibreglass counterparts. With innovation in manufacturing, both steel and fibreglass doors offer better thermal performance compared to wood.

If you really love the look of a wood door, consider a fibreglass door that mimics the look of wood. You’ll get the same aesthetics but won’t have to worry about maintenance or an early replacement. Plus, you can paint it a different shade if you decide to change the look of your home’s exterior down the road.

Windows and Doors in Calgary and Edmonton

How your front door looks is important, but how it performs in terms of energy efficiency and security is essential. Gienow Renovations has over 80 years of experience manufacturing doors for Alberta’s specific climate. They use the most durable materials and manufacturing practices to ensure your front entry door is offering maximum protection, security, energy efficiency, and curb appeal.

Gienow Renovations serves both the Edmonton and Calgary regions. They offer windows, doors, siding, and exterior renovations. If you’re in the market for a new entry door, connect with Gienow Renovations.

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