Doors: Your Material Options for Style & Efficiency

There are many styles of doors to choose from, but beyond how you’d like your door to look, you’ll also need to choose what kind of door to install.

Most door construction combines several materials, such as a fiberglass or steel door having a wood frame. Deciding which surface material to use impacts the strength, appearance, longevity and cost.

Let’s take a look at the surface materials available and how each impacts your home, your lifestyle, and your budget.

The most common style, wood doors range from high-end solid wood doors to low-cost versions made from wood-veneer surrounding an engineered-wood core. Their versatility and beauty are what set wood doors apart. From oak to cherry to walnut to pine (just to name a few!) wood doors may feature a natural finish or can be painted. Wood doors do require maintenance, but can always be sanded down for refinishing should the need arise.

When security and durability are your main concerns, steel doors an excellent choice. Not only are steel doors stronger than wood or fiberglass, but they aren’t easily damaged by wear-and-tear or weather. If steel doors do acquire dents or dings, they are easily repaired with an auto-body repair kit. Steel doors are typically less expensive and come in a wide variety or styles and colors.

Tip: There is a large range in the quality and price of steel doors. Just remember that the lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel. And yes, thicker is better.

Fiberglass-composite doors are maintenance-free, and their durability makes them a great choice for harsh or humid climates. These doors imitate the look of wood-grain and can be stained to look like oak, cherry and many other wood varieties.

Tip: Keep in mind that the wood grain on a quality fiberglass-composite door will run horizontally across the “rails” and vertically down the “stiles” to mimic a real wood door. 

Sold only through dealers, aluminum doors are custom-built for each installation, and are available in many styles and colors, with either a smooth or wood-grain surface. The baked enamel finish never requires painting, will not rust, and often comes with a 20-year warranty. Of course, all of these amazing features means aluminum doors are nearly as expensive as solid wood.

The range of material options means you really can find the doors to meet your project needs, all while accounting for energy efficiency and budget considerations! Remember, material choice alone is not enough to discern the quality of the doors you want to install. Be sure to pay attention to the hardware and function: doors should function easily and feel good to use.

Once you’ve selected the right doors for your home, be sure installation goes smoothly and correctly! Improper installation may not only cause damage to your brand-new doors, in some cases it will also void your warranty. Let the experts at Sass Construction help with your door installations and put your mind as ease.

For more details on the material options for your next door, check out this article from This Old House.

Contact Sass Construction about your interior or exterior remodeling needs, including installing new windows and doors. We are a full-service remodeling company serving Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Chaska, the West Metro, Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities MN area.


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