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Steel vs Masonite exterior residential doors

What are the advantages / disadvantages of steel vs Masonite exterior residential doors?
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Posted 2016-09-25T18:24:11+0000  by Seaybreeze Seaybreeze
Hi Seaybreeze,

There are three basic material types used on entry doors today, steel, wood and fiberglass.

Steel doors offer low cost, flexible styles with wood grain looks available and the ability to use insulation in the core, however steel doors are easily dented, will rust if not properly maintained and if manufactured with light gauge steel can bend.

Wood doors offer a variety of styles and window options, solid wood doors are very durable but must be properly maintained to prevent warping and rot. If you choose a wood door choose a solid wood door, avoid models with a thin veneer over a wood core as these offer limited options for refinishing and the veneer can delaminate if not properly maintained. A solid wood door will last for decades but will cost more than a steel or fiberglass door.

Fiberglass doors offer the look of wood with a much easier to maintain material, a quality fiberglass door will last many years with limited maintenance and will resist denting and scratching. However avoid low cost fiberglass doors as the thin material will crack in extreme weather conditions allowing moisture to penetrate the core and rotting the door.

If you have a limited budget a steel door will give the most value for the dollars spent, If you can afford a solid wood door purchase it, while it will require more maintenance, it will enhance the looks and security of your home and last for decades.


Posted 2016-09-26T19:39:16+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

Hello Seaybreeze,

Just one more thing, in addition to what Mike mentioned, exterior wood doors typically have a one year warranty and depending where you are in the country, if you use a storm door on a wood door you will void the warranty. Up in the Chicagoland area, or anywhere its cold for that matter, a storm door is important for ventilation in the warm months and insulation in the cold. If you plan on using the door often, go fiberglass, if it's a door you hardly use, then go steel.


Posted 2016-09-29T16:05:21+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI
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