Things to Consider When Choosing Your Door
Is fibreglass or steel better for an exterior door? Why?
When it comes to front-entry doors, it’s safe to assume that most Canadians have moved away from wooden exterior doors because of their tendency to warp with weather and ware quickly, in addition to being much better at retaining heat than wood doors. Beyond wooden doors, the pros and cons of steel and fibreglass doors can be hard to wrap your brain around. The choice of fibreglass or steel depends on your homes needs and your family’s priorities.
Both steel and fibreglass front doors are renowned for their endurance, especially by comparison to wooden front-entry doors. While steel doors are often associated with homes built during the 1980’s and 90’s properties, innovations in designs (like panel designs and glass configurations) and maintenance have seen the steel door become a more common feature of modern residential homes.
If you’re looking for a low-cost option without sacrificing energy efficiency or weather resistance, then steel doors may be to the solution. While they don’t offer as many design options are fiberglass, they are very affordable and a great option for families on a budget.
On the other hand, fibreglass doors are designed to resist denting and scratching but are more pricier than their steel alternative. In general, fiberglass doors offer greater definition and detail in the embossed panels and come in smooth (for painting) or woodgrain (for staining) versions. The woodgrain version gives all of the aesthetics of having a wood door, with the thermal and low maintenance benefits of a fiberglass door.
Gienow produces and installs a variety of steel pre-hung and fibreglass pre-hung doors. We can also create custom steel slabs and are happy to work with your design to create a custom door.