When it comes to choosing the best steel or wood doors for your home or business, it’s essential that you get all the facts before making a final choice. The best way to make the most informed decision is by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each selection you’re considering. Here are the pros and cons of the most common types of doors, wood doors and steel doors:
Wood Doors Versus Steel Doors: Pros and Cons
Advantages of Wood Doors
Wood is beautiful and can make any home or business aesthetically pleasing. Also, it can be stained or painted, so it’s more customizable. It also feels warm and inviting to the touch, and any nicks or scratches can be repaired without much fuss.
Disadvantages of Wood Doors
Although wood is lovely to look at, it does require regular maintenance. Finishes typically fade, so refinishing is recommended every few years to keep the door looking new. Wood also tends to absorb moisture, which means it can swell and warp if it’s not properly prepared for the elements beforehand. Then again, because wood is more customizable and aesthetically pleasing, it tends to cost more.Take note that wood doors are also less energy efficient.
Advantages of Steel Doors
Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of steel is that it is among the most energy efficient types of material. It also tends to be less expensive than wood and requires little to no maintenance and certainly won’t warp or rot.
Disadvantages of Steel Doors
Steel is more susceptible to denting and scratching, both of which can lead to rusting. Steel doors can only be painted; it can’t be stained like wood. Even when it is painted, chipping is much more common than it is with wood. Lastly, steel tends to conduct heat or cold, so it can be extremely cold or hot to the touch, depending upon what the ambient temperature at the time is.
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