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Old 07-21-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Wood, Fiberglass, or Steel Exterior Door?


My home entry way has a double door made from fiberglass, which has faded, and my wife wants to replace it with a different style. What are the questions one should ask when choosing a new exterior door material such as wood, fiberglass, or steel?

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1) Does the door qualify for the Energy Tax Credit (10%)?
2) What is the advantage of each door type?
3) What is the price difference of each door?

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Fiberglass is always my first choice, they don’t rot, swell or rust.

A fiberglass door can be stained or painted to look just like a wood door.
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I have fiberglass doors right now, and I the finish is fading much sooner than anticipated. Refinishing them is almost as expensive as purchasing one door.
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steel hands down, dont trust no one
wood breaks easily, so does fiberglass
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I have fiberglass doors right now, and I the finish is fading much sooner than anticipated. Refinishing them is almost as expensive as purchasing one door.
I don't know how repainting or re staining a door is almost as much as a new door, with or without installation.
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I agree Ron, must be using automotive paint?
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My front door is steel and it is original to when the house was built in 1987. I have painted it a few times over the years, but structurally and functionally, it is the same as when I bought the house in 1990. It has endured 24 years of the heat and humidity of south Florida as well as three hurricanes.

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How fast the finish fades has far more to do with the quality of it and the method that it is applied, than the material of the door itself. Fiberglass doors imo are the best option. The security and energy efficiency will depend on the "grade" that you get. I can tell you that a nice fg door like Thermatru or Provia will be more secure, energy efficient, and last way longer than a cheap steel door from a box store. I've seen those start rusting after 5 years up here in WI... A high quality steel door such as one from the manufacturers mentioned is not a bad choice, although I still prefer fg. If you go steel, stay away from 24 gauge. Go at least 22 if not 20, and also make sure to get a steel edge. The wood edge doors are junk.

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