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Exterior Door Materials


Choosing the right exterior door for your home is a very important decision. Many factors should be included in this decision including safety, durability, and the look of the door relative to your overall home's style. Listed below are some of the more common types of exterior door materials homeowners consider.

  • Wood Doors - Still considered the most popular material used for exterior doors. The types of wood often include oak, fir, and pine, and are solid throughout
  • Steel Doors - Very popular due to the security provided since they are sheathed with 24-gauge steel. They are also available in paneled or flushed styles and a variety of colors. If fluctuating weather is an issue, you should purchase a weather-resistant steel door with vinyl coating. One important note is that steel doors can be easily dented and will bow and chip easily if exposed to continuous sunlight
  • Fiberglass Doors - Great for humid areas because they are resistant to warping and bowing. They require the least maintenance of the door materials available and can be purchased in flush or paneled. There are a variety of colors available to give the doors a natural wood look with faux wood stains and finishes

The right exterior door can add tremendous curb appeal to your home as well as keep you safe and warm. Keep in mind the big differences in these different types of exterior doors and choose the one that best fits your need and style.

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