Steel VS Wood VS Fiberglass Entry Doors

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Which Entry Door Material Is Best For Your
Orange County, CA Home?

Steel VS Wood VS Fiberglass Entry Doors

It’s easy to get confused when shopping for a new replacement door for your home because there is so much conflicting information out there.

This is especially true when it comes to understanding what material is best for a door.

If you go to a big box retailer, you won’t likely get much help understanding the differences. The same goes for contractors that sell and install doors as only one small part of their overall business. The depth of knowledge is simply not there.

Here’s the good news. We can help you sort through all this BECAUSE DOORS ARE ALL WE DO. We know them inside and out, backwards and forwards, and any other direction you can think of! Here’s what you need to know about door materials.

Homeowner’s Quick Guide To Door Materials

Steel Doors

Simply put, we don’t recommend steel doors for 2 very clear reasons:

  1. They are not as attractive as wood or fiberglass options.
  2. Steel has a durability issue because it can dent relatively easily. (And although not as common a problem, steel CAN rust when not maintained properly).

Wood Doors

The wood doors of today are undeniably beautiful (or at least many of them are). But they also have a VERY significant drawback: they can’t match the durability and low maintenance of fiberglass doors.

If you want proof of what we’re talking about, look at any wood door warranty.

Wood doors come with very short warranties – 1 to 5 years at best. Even worse, those warranties have so many exclusions as to be barely worth the paper they’re printed on. That the manufacturers of these doors can’t promise they’ll hold up for even a few years tells you everything you need to know.

It’s perfectly easy to avoid all this without sacrificing the beauty of your new door.

That’s because the right fiberglass door is every bit as beautiful – oftentimes more so – than a wood door. It really doesn’t make sense to choose a wood door with fiberglass doors being so attractive.

Fiberglass Doors

There’s a very good reason that we ONLY recommend and install fiberglass doors. They are the best choice because they combine everything you want in a door:

  • Low maintenance
  • Stunning beauty
  • Customizable options
  • Strong & secure
  • Energy efficient
  • Lifetime warranty

Another beautiful fiberglass door by today's entry doors

8 BIG Benefits of Fiberglass Exterior Doors

Here are the key points to keep in mind when comparing fiberglass doors to wood:

  • Big Benefit #1: Moisture-Resistant
  • Fiberglass entry doors are impervious to moisture.

    Why’s that?

    Because they are molded products with no seams or breaks in the outer coverings.

    Compare that to wood doors that are moisture sensitive. They will swell, bow, peel, and disfigure with prolonged exposure to water. (And this includes rainwater, mist and the wind-driven winter/spring rains).

    With Orange County being known for its humidity, fiberglass doors are the smart choice.

  • Big Benefit #2: Saves Energy
  • Maybe you’re concerned about reducing your carbon footprint or impact on the environment. If so, fiberglass is the choice that makes the most sense.

    (Not to mention, it can help you spend less on monthly utility bills!).

    Per door industry research, fiberglass doors are five times more energy-efficient than wood doors.

    Fiberglass doors are filled with heat and cold resistant material. This means that your home will keep you cool during hot summers and warm during cold winters. It’s a definite win-win for both you and for the environment

  • Big Benefit #3: Stronger than Wood
  • There’s a very good reason that we ONLY recommend and install fiberglass doors. They are the best choice because they combine everything you want in a door:

    Fiberglass doors are extremely ding-resistant. This is good news for families with kids, or those homes pummeled with debris by the Santa Ana winds. The unique combination of materials and design also make them stronger and more secure than most wood doors.

  • Big Benefit #4: Doesn’t Rust like Steel
  • Steel doors are susceptible to dents and scratches that lead to rust. Fiberglass doors do not dent or scratch like steel.

  • Big Benefit #5: Lasts Longer
  • The tough exterior surface of fiberglass doors will resist sun and weather damage for decades. This means you’ll receive an attractive warranty and satisfaction guarantee. Compare the warranty on a wood door to fiberglass and you’ll instantly know what we mean!

  • Big Benefit #6: Resists Insects
  • The durable fiberglass composite material acts as a barrier against insect penetration. This means you won’t have to worry about termite damage.You also get the peace of mind that fiberglass will never decay or rot like a wood door.

  • Big Benefit #7: Needs Less Care
  • 30+ years of experience in door sales and installation has taught us many things. For example, wood requires significantly more time and attention than fiberglass. With some very ordinary maintenance, you can preserve your fiberglass entry door for many years to come.

  • Big Benefit #8: Fiberglass Doors Look AWESOME
  • The best part of choosing a fiberglass door? You do NOT have to sacrifice beauty at all. Fiberglass doors look fantastic and there’s an incredible variety to choose from.

    SUMMARY: Fiberglass is – BY FAR – the best material for a door. Reach out to us and we’ll take you through our proven process for getting a beautiful fiberglass door you’ll absolutely love.