Choosing The Best Exterior Doors For Home
Exterior doors serve an important role within your home.
Obviously, your front entrance commands the most attention. However, even less visible exterior doors contribute to your home’s overall performance — from security to energy efficiency. So, who offers the best exterior doors for home?
When it comes to selecting the right exterior door replacement, it’s important to make an informed decision. Many manufacturers — including Jeld-Wen Exterior Doors — offer dozens of door styles in a variety of materials, so you’re going to want to do your homework. Be sure to check out our Jeld-Wen Front Doors product page!
Keep reading to learn how different materials compare to one another.
1. Fiberglass Exterior Doors
- Fiberglass doors are durable and extremely low maintenance, making them a smart material for homeowners, especially in harsh or humid climates. While it may not sound as classic as, say, a wooden entryway, it is usually more affordable. Plus, many brands use fiberglass to mimic the look of wood with wood-grain texturing. So it looks like wood, but it’s cheaper and tougher. Talk about a win-win.
Check out JELD-WEN Fiberglass Doors. We offer their Architectural™ Collection, so you can see authentic wood-grain replication at its finest.
2. Wood Exterior Doors
- Wood is the most common material for exterior doors, but can also be the most expensive. Known for their beauty and versatility, wood doors are available in a variety of natural finishes such as oak, mahogany, walnut and more. Since it can become costly quickly when shopping for solid wood or hardwood doors, many brands also offer composite options that wrap wooden cores in other materials. These lines tend to resist warping more effectively than pure wood.
3. Steel Exterior Doors
- Steel doors are among the toughest, most durable options on the market — and they also tend to be the cheapest. Unlike wood and fiberglass exterior doors, steel neither cracks nor warps. So if security and longevity are your top priorities, you’ll probably want to stick with steel. Be warned: You won’t find options for oak or mahogany finishes. However, you will sleep easy knowing that you’ve made a safe, energy efficient and smart economical choice.