There is such a wide variety of popular material choices for replacement doors nowadays, but the primary options are wood, fiberglass, and insulated steel. These each have their own advantages, but we mostly utilize fiberglass and steel in the Kansas City area for various reasons. Energy Pro Windows & Siding is always available to help you select the most effective and aesthetic door materials for your home.
Wood doors have a lot of disadvantages in this part of the country because of their vulnerability to humidity, dryness in the cold winter, and other weather-related factors. In the midwest, the ground shifts around a lot, causing the doors to move as well. Wood doors require much more maintenance as it is, but you’re bound to have even more shrinking and compromised weather-stripping any time the door moves.
Also, you can’t expect a traditional wooden door to have the best insulation in the world. Therefore, these are not the most energy-efficient doors.
Fiberglass & Steel Material Choices for Replacement Doors
Fiberglass and insulated steel doors are both made to look very similar to wood doors, but they’re also a lot sturdier and insulant. You can purchase wood-grain fiberglass or an insulated steel door (with textured steel) capable of imitating any type of wood used in a classical wood door: oakwood, birch, and walnut for instance.
The main draw for these newer material choices for replacement doors is the fact that they contain a much greater R-value, and therefore far better insulation. Without good insulation, you’re at risk for air and water intrusion along with much higher energy costs. They require far less maintenance, you can expect them to last at least 17 years, and they have a lot less trouble with water absorption than wood.
These kinds of doors accompany many opportunities for beautification and expansion as well. In the Kansas City area, six-panel doors are very popular. You can also get one-panel doors, two-panel doors, and also the popular two-panel craftsman-style doors. Full glass options offer an even further array of enhancements such as:
- Obscure Glass
- Quarter Glass
- Stained Glass
- Gritted Clear Glass
- . . . and much more.
For customers seeking to save on energy costs, improve security and insulation, spend less time on maintenance, and become less vulnerable to weather damage, we recommend fiberglass and steel doors.
Albany & Provia Material Choices for Replacement Doors
Energy Pro Windows & Siding has two material styles we enjoy installing: Albany and Provia.
Albany doors have great quality, are highly customizable, and come with many different style options. Provia doors are some of the best in the country. They have very nice finishes, which utilize the Duraframe pre-paint and staining technique to give them a reliable and even finish that lasts a long time.
If after reading this, you still need more guidance, check out these five tips for deciding on a new front door. We always aim to provide you with all you need to make a good decision when refurbishing your home’s exterior.
Energy Pro Windows & Siding – Reliable Door Installation Services
Energy Pro Windows & Siding has earned the reputation as Kansas City’s top construction operation for all door, window, and siding projects. Our satisfied customers have given us more than 100 5-star reviews on Google reviews for an aggregate rating of 4.8/5.0 stars. We’ve also earned the Stan Seal of Excellence for customer service.
While there are many DIY renovation tasks you can do these days, we’ve seen that go badly with major alterations to exterior structures. Don’t risk something going awry by doing a huge task alone. Call us and let us do it in a fraction of the time, at an affordable cost, with only the best building materials.
Energy Pro is a licensed contractor and can assist with all permitting and code compliance.
If you would like to see a full catalog of all the material choices for replacement doors, contact us today and we’ll have one of our Energy Pro experts show you everything.