Jan 10, 2024

Showdown Between Fiberglass & Steel Front Doors

With several months of winter left to go, drafty front doors are much more noticeable now than they were in the summer months.  If you’ve recognized the fact that your front door is in desperate need of replacement, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is which material.

This decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, as the front door you select deeply impacts your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency, and resale value.  Allow us to clue you in on two of the most popular door materials in the marketplace, fiberglass and steel.  Both types receive high marks for their allure, ability to hold up against Mother Nature, and energy efficiency.  Here’s how they differ.

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Steel Entry Doors

Characteristics homeowners appreciate about steel doors are their versatility and customizable features.  Oftentimes steel doors are offered in smooth and wood grain textures.  Paint finishes and stains allow homeowners to customize the look of their doors.

One aspect where steel doors edge out fiberglass doors is the level of security they provide.  This is due to a steel exterior combined with a polyurethane or polystyrene core, as a door comprised strictly of metal would be a strong conductor of heat and cold.

In terms of resale value, steel entry doors often have the highest return on investment over most other home improvements.  A notable drawback of steel entry doors is that they are prone to scratching, denting, and chipping.  Once this happens, rust can ensue.  Steel doors cannot be painted over.

Steel front door on a Twin Cities home installed by the experts at Lindus Construction

Fiberglass Entry Doors

Lighter than steel, fiberglass doors earn high marks for their longevity, resistance to temperature fluctuations, and ease at which they can be installed.  Homeowners that opt for steel doors appreciate that they are available in woodgrain patterns, which adds to their charm.

Fiberglass does not rust, giving it a leg up over steel.  Fiberglass doors also hold up against denting and scratching and are easily cleaned with a mixture of mild soap and water. Refinishing fiberglass doors is an option, but this task should be left to the professionals.

In terms of energy efficiency, there is an array of ENERGY STAR certified fiberglass doors available in the marketplace.  In climates with rampant temperature fluctuations, fiberglass is an excellent option.  Beware of opting for builder grade fiberglass doors which are prone to cracking, compromising the door’s lifespan.

Fiberglass door with sidelights installed on a Twin Cities home by Lindus Construction

Contact us today to get the right front door installed on your home with the experts at Lindus Construction.

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Door Replacement Reviews:

"It was an all day job that was done to perfection. My new exterior door is beautiful and the storm door is top-notch. The job turned out better than I imagined. Wow! The workers were courteous, cleaned up well, and ensured I knew the mechanics of my new doors. Would highly recommend Lindus to anyone."

Debbie L.
St. Paul, MN
January 4, 2024

"Crew was the best! Big thanks to Jake."

Crystal G.
New Richmond, WI
January 2, 2024

"Lindus came and installed 3 windows and a patio door for my wife and I. We choose to go with their SeasonGuard windows because of their insulated frames. Our ground level room temp now after new windows were installed is way more comfortable than before. My wife is literally obsessed with the patio door and the ease that comes with it! I can’t wait to finish off the rest of the windows next summer!"

Brandon L.
River Falls, WI
December 4, 2023

"We had sliding glass doors replaced and window removal work done.  The two crews were personable, knowledgeable, efficient and worked really well together - all done in one day. It has left us ready to tackle another project with Lindus in the spring."

Allen & Monica B.
North Oaks, MN
November 3, 2023

"Lindus just completed another project for us. I highly recommend this company. From our salesperson to the installers we couldn’t be happier. Great communication and within our timeline. Thank you all."

Bill P.
Amery, WI
October 16, 2023

"Five-star experience for our windows, door and gutter project!"

Allison S.
Falcon Heights, MN
August 9, 2023
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