When investing in home upgrades like replacement doors, one of the many benefits you expect to reap is improved energy efficiency. After all, by improving the thermal performance of your home, new exterior doors can help reduce monthly energy bills and pay for themselves over time. But, of course, not all doors are made the same. Here are some of the most common exterior door materials and how they deliver on improved energy efficiency.
It’s hard to beat the natural beauty of real wood. Unfortunately, this material is not energy efficient. Wood absorbs heat and can even allow heat to transfer through the door.
Vinyl doors perform better and help to reduce heat gain and loss. They are also easy to maintain. However, for homeowners concerned with security, vinyl simply isn’t a strong enough material for a front door.
Steel doors are certainly stronger than vinyl doors and offer better protection again impacts and break-in attempts. As far as energy efficiency, steel doors offer decent performance as steel is a natural thermal insulator.
For the best thermal performance, fiberglass doors are the reigning champ. Fiberglass is a poor conductor of heat and therefore has an outstanding R-value. Plus, because the material is inherently strong, fiberglass doors offer superior resistance to weathering and impact damage.
Your Source for Energy-Efficient Exterior Doors
Dreamstyle Remodeling is America’s #1 Remodeler, and door replacement is one of our many specialties. We install steel and fiberglass doors because we believe these to offer the best value in terms of improved energy efficiency and security. To learn more about our high-performance exterior doors, contact Dreamstyle Remodeling today.