Types of Materials Available for Entry Doors
It’s important to make sure the door you choose is an exterior door, since they are thicker (1 3/4″ compared to 1 3/8″) and stronger than interior doors and use materials meant to hold up outdoors.
Exterior doors are available in the following materials:
- Wood: Attractive appearance, can be stained or painted. Built up finishes, such as paint and polyurethane varnish, may peel over time in areas exposed to the sun and elements. Wood may rot over time if not treated or made from a durable, rot resistant wood, like redwood or mahogany.
- Fiberglass: Durable and holds up well to the elements. Can be painted or stained. Painted fiberglass doors hold up better than wood in exposed areas.
- Steel: Fairly durable, though may rust over time. Can be painted but not stained.
Purchase an exterior door unit that fits the dimensions of your existing door and frame in the style desired.