Steel vs. Fiberglass Doors - An Overview
Posted in The Forhomes Product, on February 20, 2021
Explaining Energy Efficient front doors
A proper front entry door is the most iconic feature of your home. Not only does it need to be heavily reinforced, but also aesthetically pleasing, it is a centerpiece. The front door is unique as there is (usually) only one of them, it is meant to be striking and to set the tone for the entire home. This uniqueness also generates curb appeal, and an aesthetically pleasing door can help increase the value of your property.
Energy efficient front doors, with a properly reinforced frame, and insulated glass are the correct choice.
Benefits of Properly Insulating your front door
Recent architectural standards mean that the front door generally opens up onto a small area right before the living room. Since the living room is usually the most used room in the house, comfort is necessary. A properly installed and insulated door, with a frame replacement, massively improves home amenity. This reduces the propensity for drafts, and significantly improves insulation. Remember, when buying a new door for your home, always make sure to ask about the frame because a new door without a new, and properly insulated frame is not doing you any good! The last line of defense for your home, should also be the only one necessary!
Extreme weather conditions are the norm in Canada, insulation is taken very seriously since losing heat in the winter, or becoming overly chilled in the summer significantly drives up energy bills. Any homeowner
In places with extreme weather conditions, losing indoor heat in the winter or cold air in the summer can drive up energy bills. Thus, more and more homeowners are opting for insulated front doors to save money and improve their comfort levels at the same time.
Traditional wooden doors are the most popular choice in the market. But wood offers little or no insulation value and over time rots and decays. Steel and fiberglass doors offer much better energy efficiency and are the material of choice for homeowners seeking indoor comfort and long term durability.
Features of insulated front doors
Below are characteristics of front doors that aid with insulation.
Front door insulation allows for temperature maintenance and prevents heat from escaping. Polyurethane- foam insulation is sandwiched between the door components to reduce overall energy loss. Not only does this increase the overall insulation of your home, but also is much more ergonomic and energy efficient, therefore reducing heating costs.
Weatherstripping – Adding a strip of rubber, plastic or hybrids between gaps and pockets of the door ensures the seal between the frame and the door remains tight. Proper weather stripping can be extremely effective in eliminating air leaks and preserving indoor temperature. This results in decreased energy bills and increased comforts.
Low E Glass inserts – Energy efficient low emissivity glass is made by applying a special coating that enables it to maintain room temperature. Carefully fitted Low-E glass inserts reflect UV radiation and trap infrared radiation, keeping your home warmer, providing energy savings.
Most Energy Efficient Door Product?
A fiberglass front door is a good choice as it offers the best thermal value and will stand the test of time. Furthermore, fiberglass is a tougher material than steel. Steel dents, fiberglass does not.
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