Entry Doors: Wood Vs. Fiberglass

Christie Miller | Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Though it may seem like a minor home detail, entry doors do a lot more than provide an inviting entryway into your home.

Yes -- entry doors can also provide energy savings, complement your home's exterior decor and enhance its curb appeal. These days, homeowners have more options than ever when it comes to selecting a front entry door, and two of the most popular styles are wood and fiberglass. Both have their fair share of pros and cons, but you can't really go wrong with either choice.

So what's best for you, a wood door or a fiberglass door? Let's take a look at each style to better help you decide for yourself:

Wood Doors: What You Need to Know

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Homeowners love wood doors for the same reason they love wood floors: the look. Yes, wood doors give homes a high-end look and help to make an entryway more inviting and appealing. What's more is that today's wood doors are more resistant to scratching and denting, and many manufacturers are making wood doors thicker than before, which helps with security and energy efficiency. 

Despite the advantages of going the wood door route, these types of doors aren't without some drawbacks. The biggest is that wood doors can warp, rot, peel or bubble when exposed to rain or moisture, so the door's weather-resistant properties (or lack thereof) should be taken into consideration. Wood doors also require more regular maintenance than other doors, notably when it comes to repainting and refinishing to keep them looking good. Though prehung doors that come off the shelf can be affordable, another disadvantage of wood entry doors is that they're often among the most expensive door options.

Fiberglass Doors: What You Need to Know

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Fiberglass doors are tough, durable and look great -- three factors that are propelling this style to be one of the most popular options when it comes to front entry doors. One of the biggest advantages that fiberglass has over wood and other materials is its energy efficiency. In fact, compared to wood, it's estimated that standard fiberglass is up to four times more efficient -- and with insulating foam, they're even more efficient. Fiberglass doors come in a variety of different colors and finishes, and there's little ongoing maintenance required to maintain their look. Homeowners can even purchase fiberglass doors that look like wood. Additionally, fiberglass is a material that's resistant to dents and scratches, and moisture has no impact on these types of doors. Thanks to the toughness and durability of fiberglass, these doors are also considered to be very secure.

The biggest disadvantage of fiberglass is that these types of doors are often very expensive -- in some cases even more costly than wood doors. And it's important to purchase a high-quality fiberglass door, because poorly made ones are susceptible to cracking and warping. When it comes to doors, you often get what you pay for.

So, is a higher upfront cost worth it if you can recoup costs in door longevity and energy efficiency in the long-term? Or are the advances in wood door manufacturing, along with the beautiful look of wood, good enough for you? It obviously all depends on your personal preference, budget and what exactly you're looking for the door to achieve as part of your home. 

About The Author

In a career spanning over 10 years, Scott C. has experience writing for a variety of mediums. He edited a magazine focused on disaster restoration - and the construction re-build that often followed fire, water and mold damage. He's also been on many construction job sites during his tenure with the publication, helping familiarize himself not only with the tools and practices involved in the trade, but with the safety equipment that should be worn as well.