What’s the first thing you notice when you look at a house? Windows? Siding? Landscaping? For many of us, it’s the front door. The front door of a house is the gateway into a home. A step over the threshold and you’ve entered into someone’s life. Apart from setting the tone for someones home, it is also security, making sure that the people who live inside are safe. Choosing a door is not something to be taken lightly. Not only are you choosing colour and style, but also material. Let’s talk about the differences between steel and fibreglass doors and find out which is the right door for you.
First, let’s talk about the look of these materials. Steel doors give many attractive options with decorative panels, and some higher-end models are able to mimic the look of wood. You can also opt for a modern sleek style with this as well. Fibreglass lends itself well to the wood mimicry as well and often comes prepainted or stained to give you a beautiful ‘out of the box’ look.
When it comes to durability, look no further than steel and fibreglass. They both offer excellent durability and can last virtually decades if properly taken care of. They can both become dented, cracked, or broken if struck, or if not looked after.
Both of these options are very easy to take care of as well. For fibreglass, it’s a matter of a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt, and a hose spray, or a pressure washer on its lowest setting. In the case of steel, try to avoid water as it can rust the material, and be sure to cover over and scratches in the paint.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing your door is energy efficiency. A steel door, while more efficient than wood, still isn’t as efficient as fibreglass. Steel can get hot in warmer weather making it less efficient than fibreglass, which performs as it does due to the longevity of the material.
So as you can, steel and fibreglass are very similar in benefits, so at the end of the day it will all come down to how the door will make you feel when it’s attached to your home.