Steel entry doors for home and commercial use discussed

Steel Entry Doors

Steel entry doors come in many styles and forms.

Whether you are simply sprucing up your home or doing a much needed renovation, steel entry doors are a great option over wood or fiberglass. Although typically used in commercial buildings and garage doors, more homeowners have opted to replace existing doors with the steel variety. Installing a durable steel door in the front, back or side of your home can make it more energy efficient and secure.

First and foremost, do a little research on the different models and additional options. Contemplate purchasing a standard, pre-fabricated steel entry door or have one custom made to your liking. There are numerous options should you choose to customize it. Allow for ample time as you will presented with a multitude of styles and finishes like a basic primed door ready for painting, vinyl coated in a beautiful wood-grain pattern, or even a wood-fiber coating you can actually stain.

Steel entry doors generally come in 16-25 gauge steel and higher end doors are 26 gauge. The higher the gauge, the more sturdy and heavy it will be. They are filled with a foam insulation to produce a thermal barrier and the frame underneath the steel outer skin will be made of either wood or steel. Expect to pay about $100-$150 for a basic door (without hardware), and higher prices based on customization and features.

Although steel entry doors are typically less expensive than wood or fiberglass, they do have their drawbacks. The Do-It-Yourself homeowner may find them hard to install due to the fact that they are heavier. Some come coated with a baked-on polyester finish or a vinyl coating. Vinyl is the most durable but cannot be painted should they be marked, and will need to be carefully cleaned specifically according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Steel doors primed with a paintable coating are easier to scratch but will allow for future touch ups or cosmetic improvement. Dents will need to be repaired similar to that of an automobile.

Look for steel entry doors online or at stores that specialize in them as staff is usually more knowledgeable. It is the best way to ensure you are happy with your final purchase. Notable companies like JELD-WEN, Benchmark, Pelle and Masonite all have highly informative websites where you can locate a dealer or home center. Even just browse online first to get a general idea or pick out the specific features you want. Masonite carries the Masonite HD Steel and Sta-Tru HD Steel doors. They even have a door designer program built into their website to help you. JELD-WEN carries many models including Energy Steel, FiniShield and Gladiator steel, all ENERGY STAR qualified doors.

Be sure to choose carefully as they are a focal point when installed on the front of your home and you most likely will not be replacing it for quite some time. If you like privacy then a solid steel door is for you. If style is of importance then consider choosing a striking pattern and adding sidelights or upgrade to the deluxe steel double entry doors. Top it all off with your choice of hardware and accents.