Door replacement is often part of a complete home exterior renovation. After all, you want a front door that says welcome and perhaps patio doors that make the transition from house to deck seamless. Understanding your options when it comes to entry doors will help you select the right door for your needs.
There are basically three options in material for exterior front doors. Calgary winters get cold, so one of the most important factors to consider is the amount of insulating ability the door has. All three options—steel, wood, and fiberglass, have good insulating properties.
Fiberglass front doors come in a variety of styles, with some having the appearance of real wood. They require little maintenance and are extremely durable. With a fiberglass door, you won’t have problems with expansion and contraction due to temperature changes as you might with a solid wood door. These doors are less expensive than solid wood options and have better insulating properties.
Steel doors are strong and durable and can have high insulating values, depending on the quality of the door. Wooden entry doors are also pretty good insulators but they require maintenance to keep them looking beautiful. Wood doors typically cost more than fiberglass or steel doors but they can be worth the extra expense.
If you’re doing a new deck as part of your exterior renovation, you may want to consider new patio doors. Your options for this are sliding doors, French doors, and garden doors. For those who don’t know the difference, garden doors have one door that opens and one that remains fixed. With French doors, both doors open. French doors give you more open space but aren’t quite as secure as garden doors.
When you’re investing in exterior doors, take the added step of investing in professional door installation. At The Exteriors Group, we understand how your doors tie into your building envelope and know what to look for to make sure the construction frame is still in good shape to avoid costly repairs in the future. Our experienced installers will make sure your doors function properly and look great.
Your new entry doors will improve the value of your home while making a statement to everyone who uses them—or even views them from the curb. Call us today to get started.