We are in the midst of the holidays and if you are tired of that old exterior door, get it replaced before you start entertaining for the rest of the holiday season. Not sure whether to go with a fiberglass door or a steel door though?
Each door has their own pros and cons in regards to durability, energy efficiency, security, and heat transfer. So the better question would be, “Which door works better for your home and lifestyle?”
Fiberglass doors don’t absorb the heat and cold like steel doors do. So on hot days you don’t have to worry about the door getting too hot to touch and on freezing days you don’t have to worry about sticking to the door if you happen to touch it with wet skin.
Because fiberglass doors don’t absorb the heat or cold very well, and they are made with a foam core, they are also just slightly more energy efficient than steel doors are.
Fiberglass doors also do not dent, rust, and they also do not need to be painted as often as a steel door.
While fiberglass doors may not dent, rust, or need to be painted as often as steel doors, steel doors are stronger than fiberglass doors. This means that they can easily handle the day to day abuse that we inflict on our exterior doors. Whether it is from cans in our grocery bags banging against them or kicking them open with our feet; they can handle it.
They are also the doors that you want to have in place if anyone ever tries to break in your home through your door, because steel doors can withstand much more brute force than fiberglass doors can.
Most importantly (on many homeowners’ lists), steel doors are cheaper to purchase for a home than fiberglass doors are.
Just keep in mind though, that this front door is going to be on your house for a very long time, and you need to choose the one that is going to work best for your home and your life. If you are more worried about your utility bill than you are about your home being broken into, than a fiberglass door would be for you.
On the other hand, if you live in a less secure neighborhood, you might sleep better at night with a steel door.