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Steel, Wood or Fiberglass: Which Is The Best For Front Doors?

Front doors are the first things that come to notice when entering a house. While interior doors have a wide range of material options like glass doors, mirror doors, hardboard doors, etc. exterior doors materials need to be chosen carefully. Besides being well designed and structured, it should also be constructed for meeting the safety and security needs of the house. And, since doors and windows are a long term investment, their durability and maintenance costs also need to be factored in, when making the choice.

Below is a brief of the three common types of door materials.


Steel doors are made up of a wooden frame with molded steel panels, which are mounted on each side with a polyurethane-injected core made of foam. Most of the steel doors available in the market are pre-primed and ready to be painted. Common configurations of steel doors include 6 panel, fan-lite, 9-lite. It’s economical, easier to maintain, resists cracking or bowing, energy efficient, secure and good insulator.

However, downside of steel doors includes its rust prone, gets easily dented and transfers heat or cold easily.

Solid Wood

The fact that the market is full of mimics of real wood proves that there is no match to its beauty. Solid wood doors, especially when paired with mirror glasses, offer unmatched class and strength and can last for years without much maintenance. Its advantages include its sheer beauty and aesthetic appeal, warm touch and feel, ease of repair and great strength.

However, downsides of solid wood doors are that it’s expensive, absorbs moisture easily and warps, peals, fades and repairs can be expensive too. However, when placed under a shade and prevented from extreme weather conditions, they can last for years without a problem.


They are made using wooden frames that are molded with fiberglass on each side and injected with foam made of polyurethane. These doors can be very smooth and can project a wood grain texture. When they are stained, it can be difficult to distinguish them from solid wood doors.

Fiberglass Doors have no Disadvantages

Their advantages however are many which include low maintenance dent and scratch resistant, offers smooth finish and real wood-grain look, energy efficiency, resistant to twisting, bowing and warping, secure and excellent insulation. Besides, fiberglass doors won’t rust, deteriorate or rot; therefore they can last for many years.

Now that you’re aware of the pros and cons of the three common types of door materials, you should be able to make a choice based on your own requirements.

What do you consider to be the best material for front doors? Share your thoughts and opinions with us below.


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