Choosing a door comes down to style, usually, but there are other factors to consider as well. For one, style plays a role. You also want to be sure you’re buying something energy efficient, which will lower your power bills. Here are some of the qualities of both wood and fiberglass doors to help you choose the right one for you.
Fiberglass doors can be fitted to any part of the home, and are generally lighter than wooden doors. Doors are also more energy efficient than their wooden counterparts. Fiberglass doors are also pre-stained with a finish that is resilient, which keeps the color and quality of the door for years to come. Still, the authenticity of a wood door is hard to pass up. Even though wood is often slightly more expensive than fiberglass.
Many of the common complaints with fiberglass involve staining, mainly that the door colors don’t look right. Wood has fewer issues with color, but does require significant upkeep to stay appealing. Wooden doors are also heavy. The good news is that you can add different accents to the wood to change the finish of the door, and give off a particular look that matches the style of your home.
Wood doors often fall prey to the elements, which is why so many home owners use storm doors in conjunction with wood. It allows the home owner to keep the attractive door, with the option to protect it from the elements and let a breeze into the home. Remember that wood doors tend to crack and warp over time if left unattended to weather storms. If your door is cracked, consider replacing it before it becomes too warped to fit into the frame.