Not all exterior doors are created equal. Below you will find the pros, cons, and costs of different types of doors.
When looking for a new Front door, you are looking for good looks and value. Not only does replacing your front entry door kick up your curb appeal, it’s also a solid investment with a good payback.
A new Steel Front door has a median cost of $2,000, and you’ll recover 75% of that investment if you decide to sell your house.
If you choose an energy-efficient exterior door, you cut up to 10% off your energy bills.
But how do you know which door is right for you? Make your decision by comparing the three main materials available for exterior doors: steel, fiberglass, and wood.
Steel Entry Door
If you’re looking to keep your cost down, a steel door is a great choice. A simple, unadorned steel door can sell for as little as $150 to 400$ (not including hardware, lock set, paint, or labor) .Still, the attractive cost of a steel door comes with an important compromise: It probably won’t last as long. A steel door exposed to salt air or heavy rains may last only five to seven years. Despite steel’s reputation for toughness, it actually didn’t perform well against wood and fiberglass for normal wear and tear. With heavy use, it 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.
Steel also offers the strongest barrier against intruders.
Fiberglass doors come in a variety of styles, many of which mimic the look of real wood. And if limited upkeep is your ideal, fiberglass may be your best bet.Fiberglass doesn’t expand or contract a lot as the weather changes. Therefore, in a reasonably protected location, a fiberglass entry door can go for years without needing a paint or stain touch up and can last 15 to 20 years. Although it feels light to the touch, fiberglass has a very strong coating that’s difficult for an intruder to breach. It has a foam core that offers considerable insulation.
Fiberglass generally falls between steel and wood in price. Models range in price from about $150 to $600.
Wood Exterior Door
Wood is considered the go-to choice for high-end projects. it's luxurious look and heavy weight can not be flawlessly duplicated by fiberglass or steel — though high-end fiberglass products are getting close. If your home calls for a stunning entry statement with a handcrafted touch, wood may be the best material for you.
Wood is usually the most expensive choice of the three — roughly $500 to $2,000, excluding custom jobs — and requires the most maintenance, although it’s easier to repair scratches on a wood door than dents in steel or fiberglass. Wood doors should be repainted or refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping.
A note on choosing a door based on energy efficiency.....Because efficiency depends on a number of factors besides the material a door is made of — including its framework and whether it has windows — look for the Energy Star label to help you compare doors. Good luck choosing your new Front Door.