Doors are an important part of your home or business. Not only do they serve as a gateway, but they also serve as a reflection of yourself and your style. Because they impact others’ perceptions greatly, you should take time to consider what type of materials you want in your doors. Here’s a quick rundown of the various materials along with their various pros and cons.
Wood doors solidly express tradition, especially for a home. Wood grains comes in countless varieties, allowing you the freedom and flexibility to pick the one that best suits your home’s style. Such freedom also extends to the fact that wood doors can be stained or painted a shade or color of choice. Moreover, they can be further enhanced with molding, door panels, and other special features.
To last for a long time though, wood doors require considerably more maintenance compared to their alternatives. For example, you will need to reapply the door’s seals every couple of years. If you’ve painted or stained the door, these will need to be reapplied as well. This is because wood constantly absorbs moisture and will naturally rot. Warping can also cause the wood to peel and bubble over time.
Still, many people prefer wood doors because they are warm to the touch and are naturally inviting. Also, scratches and dents can be fixed easily. In fact, some people even believe they add character to the door itself.
Metal doors exude an industrial look and style. They are great for businesses pursuing a solid, reassuring image, or a home seeking an edgy feel. Not only can you easily change the color of the door through repainting, but metal doors also provide extensive insulation.
While metal doesn’t rot like wood, dents and scratches can compromise their look, which means they require a new paint job every now and then. In addition, they also tend to conduct heat, so depending on the weather, they can be hot or cold to the touch. Other than these drawbacks, metal doors are actually less expensive when compared to other available options.
Fiberglass doors present a lot of advantages, such as their incredible energy efficiency. They can improve insulation four times better than wood doors, resulting in more comfort on either sweltering summer days or chilly winter days.
If this isn’t enough to sway you, consider the fact that fiberglass doors don’t require as much maintenance as wood doors. They will not warp or rot like wooden alternatives, allowing you the freedom to let them do what they do best all on their own—look great for a long time while emulating the style and feel of wood doors.
To acquire the stylish and durable features inherent to fiberglass doors, however, you must pay a little more than the alternatives. Consider the higher price tag as an investment, though, because of their comparative durability. This might also factor into your home’s or business’ resale should you ever need to place it on the market.
The tone of your home or office starts when your guests or clients walk through the doors. Make sure your doors stay true to your intended message, theme or style. When you’re shopping for a door, ask yourself some important questions related to your priorities.
Do you want the natural coziness of a wood door? Do you desire the strength of a metal door? Or, maybe, you prefer the longevity of a fiberglass door instead. Whatever you prefer in style, feel, and practicality, the good news is you can always find a door to meet your specific needs.
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