Deciding to change out the exterior door to a home is often referred to as the most cost-effective way to improve a home’s value for the least amount of investment. Typically a homeowner has three options to choose from when it comes to the materials used to construct the doors: steel, fiberglass, and wood. Each material has its upside, as well as a downside.
Typically steel doors are the most cost-effective option for new door installation as they provide the greatest amount of protection from intruders. However, with heavy use, the steel may dent, and the damage can be difficult and expensive to repair. If your door will be heavily exposed to traffic or the elements, you may be better off choosing a different material.
Fiberglass doors come in a wide array of colors and sizes and have come a long way in it appearance of mimicking wood. This door can be a great option if the location is reasonably covered as this material is not as vulnerable to the shrinking and expansion of wood. This resistance to the elements means you won’t have to touch up the paint or stain as often as with wood, and these doors can easily last 15-20 years.
Wood is probably the most common choice for consumers who need a door installation. Wood’s versatility and beauty are its strong suit. Wood doors typically are the most expensive type of door, but are often viewed as the most prestigious and come in a variety of selections. They will require a moderate amount of maintenance as they weather and age more rapidly than the alternatives.
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Picking the right front door will pay off in smoother operation, less maintenance, and added energy savings. You’ll also have an elegant entry that will serve as a focal point for your home’s entrance, while adding a significant amount of value to your home. Regardless of which door material you go with, the most crucial element is the door installer you choose. Lighthouse Renovation & Repair provides professional door installation services that serve the needs of a variety of a homes and entryway designs. Contact your local Lighthouse representative today for a free consultation.