From the FAQs: Are Wrought Iron Doors Energy Efficient?
At Today’s Entry Doors, we try to offer our customers a number of great styles when it comes to entry doors, including fiberglass wrought iron doors. These doors make a big statement, but many of our customers want to know: are wrought iron doors energy efficient? After all, energy efficiency is a big topic these days. It can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint. So are wrought iron doors the energy efficient choice for you? We’ll break all that down in today’s blog.
What Are Wrought Iron Doors?
Wrought iron doors involve iron that has been fortified through a forging or rolling process and then added to the structure of the door for boosted security and curb appeal. You might often think of wrought iron gates to a traditional, gothic sort of estate or wrought iron bars being difficult to break through. The same appeal can be said of wrought iron doors. They look beautiful, with intricate floral or gothic designs, but they also have the reinforcement that makes your door much heavier to break down.
It’s one thing to say that a wrought iron door is secure and beautiful, however. Homeowners want to know if their wrought iron doors are energy efficient. The answer is yes, if you find the right wrought iron door, for a few reasons.
Fiberglass wrought iron doors come with an insulation material built in that helps to prevent heat loss and air leakage. This insulation adds another layer to your door, so that your home can stay cool for the summer and warm during the winter. This will, in turn, prevent drafts from occurring in your home and keep your heating and cooling bills low. As a side note, wrought iron is also not a strong conductor of heat, meaning it won’t get as hot on a summer day as metal doors might.
Energy Efficient Glass
Typically the wrought iron part of the door goes over a glass design (but may be between the glass panes) in order to let the light in through the wrought iron design. The glass, however, is often coated with low-e coating to reflect the sun’s rays and block harmful UV rays. It is a sturdier glass than usual, making it perfect for the insulation and energy efficiency of the door, as well. All while never sacrificing on a stunningly elegant aesthetic.
All of our Wrought iron doors come with builtin weatherstripping. Weatherstripping is made of an adhesive rubber material that is wrapped around all openings of the door to stop air leaks or heat loss. It is a common thing to place around your door during the winter — or even the summer — to keep the elements out. When you have a wrought iron door installed, you’ll get weatherstripping as part of the deal, which will help to cut down on air cracks throughout.
Wrought iron doors aren’t made fully out of iron. There’s also a door material that comes with it, surrounds the iron design and adds the stable base to your door as a whole. These are typically vinyl, wood, steel, or fiberglass. Fiberglass, however, has tested as the most energy efficient kind of door material. It is as strong as steel and performs much better than vinyl holding up to the elements, so it lasts for decades or longer. Fiberglass, like the wrought iron and the stronger glass, is also far more impact resistant, which means your door will be able to hold up to home invasion and the elements.
The Right Installation
The final thing that makes wrought iron doors energy efficient is the right installation. No matter how energy efficient the materials of the door might be, if it’s installed shoddily, it won’t remain energy efficient. A poor installation can lead to the door being uneven in the door frame with too much air leaking through. It could result in a lack of the proper precautions needed to install the door. That’s why you need to take your time to find a door installation team you can trust. At Today’s Entry Doors, we install every door we sell because no one knows our doors better than us. We have a proven process that ensures the doors are installed the right way every time.
Wrought iron doors have many benefits, from security to appearance to, yes, energy efficiency. But ultimately it comes down to finding the right product and the right installation crew to install that product. For that, you need the help of a team like the one at Today’s Entry Doors. Contact us today to learn more about wrought iron doors and energy efficiency or to schedule a free estimate for your door and installation.