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Best Materials for Exterior Doors

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Several different types of materials are used for exterior doors. This article will help you make the right choice by explaining the pros and cons of each material.


Hollow metal doors are extremely durable. It is this property that makes them ideal for external door applications. Hollow metal is made of cold rolled steel. It can withstand many years of use and abuse. With this said, you'll tend to see hollow metal doors used for commercial uses, such as in stock rooms at the grocery store. They won't sustain any damage when stock carts or boxes bump into them.

Inclement weather doesn't normally affect hollow metal doors. Rusting is the main problem that affects them, but you can get around this by simply giving the metal a coat of paint.


The lack of insulation makes these doors a poor choice in Ontario, so you wouldn't want one for your house. Also when it comes to finish and design, fewer options are available.


Stainless steel is another great material for building exterior doors. Stainless steel is even more durable than hollow metal. Stainless steel shows natural resistance to corrosion. In addition, stainless steel is made in such a way that it doesn’t rust. It is possible to disinfect these doors without causing any damage to their finish. Because of this reason, stainless steel doors are the best choice for restaurants.


They are more expensive than hollow metal doors. Also, they may not be insulated properly.


Fiberglass is another material used for exterior doors. The best thing about fiberglass doors is that they are available in several different designs. You can even make them look like a wood door. Like stainless steel doors, fiberglass doors can withstand harsh environments and chemicals. They are also less expensive than stainless steel doors.


Fiberglass doors are less durable than stainless steel doors but are still suitable for entry doors for your home.


Wood doors are mainly used for interior applications as they look extremely beautiful. Wood doors are available in several different designs and finishes. If your budget is limited, you can opt for a flat door, but if you are ready to splurge, you can select one with intricate carvings. Wood doors prevent outside noise from entering your home. Also, they don't conduct heat or cold. If you opt for a simple design, wood doors are an affordable option.


Wood doors are not exactly a great choice for outdoor applications because exposure to moisture can cause them to swell and warp. Because of these reasons, they are not recommended for outdoor applications as the swelling can make your door difficult to shut, or may lead to drafts.


Glass is a great option for interior and exterior doors. The best thing about glass is that it allows light to enter your space. Natural light is better than artificial light. If light can enter your space, you will be able to save money on your energy bills. And when glass is used for exterior doors, you will be able to enjoy the scenery outside. Glass doors are low maintenance. Glass does not rust or corrode. Also, it does not collect dust. You only have to give it an occasional wipe to keep it clean and shiny.


The biggest disadvantage of exterior glass doors is the lack of privacy. However, you can get around this problem by using opaque colored glass or frosted glass to provide privacy.

For assistance in picking a door, either interior or exterior for your home, Contact Artisan Contracting today!

Posted on: Monday, April 4, 2016

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