Is your weathered and dated front door decreasing your home's value? Are your energy bills unnecessarily high because your ill-fitting front door has passed its prime?
By AJ Fanter
December 31, 1969
By investing in a new front door you'll not only improve your home's energy efficiency, you can also add value to your property. If you're in the market for a new door, here's a closer look at three traditional types of exterior doors to help you decide which one is right for you.
Wood Exterior Doors
Want a warm and welcoming exterior that performs well year-round? Wood exterior doors offer a very traditional look and a warm, familiar feel. What's more, because they are manufactured using frame and panel construction, they expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. While wood doors send a welcoming message to visitors, the substantial weight of a sturdy wood exterior door
provides an added sense of security.
Looking for a durable, long-lasting door that requires limited maintenance and offers good energy-efficiency? Steel doors not only resist shrinking, swelling and warping, they can easily withstand years of extreme weather with little additional work. Featuring weather stripping and energy-efficient foam core insulation, steel doors are an outstanding choice if you need an exterior door that will stand-up to anything that Mother Nature might throw your way.
Fiberglass Front Doors
Does your front door get a lot of traffic? Want the energy-efficiency of steel, but the appearance of wood? Installing a new fiberglass exterior could be the right choice for you. Weather, scratch, and dent resistant fiberglass exterior doors not only give you the kind of energy-savings you'd expect from steel, they are manufactured in such a way that when painted or stained they look like real wood.
As you can seen, when it comes to front doors, whether you prefer the strength of steel, the energy-efficiency of fiberglass, or the traditional beauty of wood, you have lots of choices.
About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, NV.
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