Does Door Material Really Matter?

February 5, 2021

Replacing a door may not be the most exciting home improvement project. But, choosing a door material is an important decision. The material you choose has a direct impact on the door’s aesthetic appeal, security, and durability. Here are some of the most common door materials you can choose from.

Wood

Wooden doors have a classic and timeless look that many homeowners love. If you want a high-end finish, choose to incorporate wooden doors throughout your home. Solid-wood is best for optimal resistance to everyday life wear and tear. It’s important to note that if you choose wood for your property, expect to pay more than other material options.

Steel

This strong material is inexpensive and energy-efficient. It is the perfect material choice for those who want a door that is relatively low maintenance, yet is secure. Steel doors won’t crack or warp, but they can be susceptible to rust, dents, and scratches. Lastly, homeowners can paint over this material to create virtually any look they want.

Fiberglass 

Another low-maintenance door material, fiberglass resists wear and the elements better than wood and steel. This type of door can be filled with insulation for energy efficiency as well as designed to mimic the look of wood. The only downside to fiberglass doors is that they can be expensive to install, and they are susceptible to fading. Other than that, this material has few other disadvantages.

Aluminum

Aluminum doors have similar durability, strength,  and energy efficiency to doors made out of steel and fiberglass. But, aluminum doors are environmentally friendly and have a long lifespan. They’re also low maintenance and can be easily cleaned by dusting and washing. It‘s a great choice for homeowners who want a stylish door without having to do a lot of maintenance. 

Vinyl

Vinyl has often been used for patio door frames and interior doors. It’s typically inexpensive and requires little maintenance. Since this material is less durable than other door materials, it’s important to consider the door’s location. Will the vinyl door be inside or outside the house? Will the door serve as a protective barrier? Determining the answer to these questions will help you decide if a vinyl door is the best material for a door on your property. 

Find the Right Door Material with the Help of Platinum Exteriors

When you’re doing door replacement in Westminster, MD you need the help of Platinum Exteriors. We’ll help you evaluate your property to determine the best door material for your situation. Click here to get started. 

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