Choosing the Right Material for Your Exterior Door

When choosing exterior doors for your home, it’s not enough to base your decision on looks alone. It’s also important to consider the material’s durability, energy efficiency and maintenance requirements to ensure long-term protection and savings.

Exterior Door

Handyman Connection® of Knightdale shares some of the common door materials and their features:


When it comes to performance, fiberglass doors reign supreme. They hardly expand and contract with fluctuating temperatures, limiting thermal energy leakage. They also have a stout coating and foam core for improved strength and insulation.

Fiberglass doors are available in a wide array of styles, many of which emulate the beauty of wood. They won’t require touch-ups, making them easy to maintain. We recommend fiberglass if you’re looking for a lasting solution that offers low life-cycle cost.


If you’re looking for a more economical alternative, consider steel doors. They offer the strongest level of security compared to other materials. The problem, however, is that they have a shorter life span. They may last for only five to seven years when constantly exposed to salt air and heavy downpours. They may also dent with heavy use, which can be difficult to fix. That said, they are a good choice if you install them in protected areas with light foot traffic.


Wood is the most preferred choice for upscale projects. It gives your home a striking look right at the entry, and no other material can replicate its luxurious appeal and substantial weight. It requires repainting and refinishing every year or two, however, to keep it from warping and splitting. For environmentally friendly products, choose wood doors certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and ENERGY STAR®.

Still unsure of your choices? Handyman Connection of Knightdale can help you find the right one for your needs. Give us a call at (919) 701-8009, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.

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