Understanding Different Types of Exterior Replacement Doors

replacement doorThere are a few reasons you may be planning to replace exterior doors in your home. Maybe they are old and damaged, maybe you’re hoping for more energy efficiency, or maybe you just want to improve the style and curb appeal. Replacement doors are available in a wide range of designs and materials and it’s important to understand the options before you make a choice. At California Window & Door, we offer an extensive selection of replacement doors and can help you decide which may be best for your home.

This can be a good choice for many homes and doors tend to be relatively moderately priced. They can be smooth and modern or embossed with a more traditional wood-like grain, can be painted or stained, resist wear and tear well, and need little maintenance. Fiberglass doors are made to withstand any climate and are often insulated, making them up to three times more energy efficient than some other door types.

Steel doors are the most affordable option and can be a good choice for those on a budget, providing durability as well as security and weather resistance. They can be hot/cold to the touch so that may be something to consider with our desert temperatures. Steel is not a great insulator and are not recommended when looking for energy efficiency. Steel doors often have a sleek and modern design, but, they can easily dent & chip.

Wood doors offer an enormous range of styles from very sleek and modern to ornately detailed. With this in mind, prices can also range from relatively inexpensive to very expensive. If you are looking for a unique, handcrafted design, wood may be the best material. Solid wood doors are very durable, resist wear and tear, and scratches are easy to repair. They should be painted to refinished every couple of year to maintain their beauty and help to resist cracking and warping. Wood doors are not recommended here in the desert if they are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.

The front door of your home is a significant contribution to your home’s first impression. It can enhance the architectural style of your home and can increase your home’s value with greater curb appeal. Choosing a replacement door can be a bit overwhelming, however. Our team at California Window & Door can help you select materials, styles and even custom designs for any budget and design application. Our showroom is open to the public, so please come visit to see our impressive selection.

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