Fiberglass vs. Steel Doors for Your Indianapolis Home

Winter never seems to end in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes drafts and air leaks from outside. A potential culprit? Your old, outdated entry door. If you notice your entry doors are looking a little worse-for-wear, it might be time to upgrade them with modern entry doors from Window Nation. We offer fiberglass and steel entry doors to meet your home improvement needs. But which door is best for your home? Our home improvement experts explain:

Replacement Entry Doors & Curb Appeal

While energy efficiency is typically a big piece of the decision for most Hoosiers, when considering replacing your front door, looks are equally important. Replacing your home’s entry door accomplishes more than just creating a barrier from the unpredictable Indy weather. Your entry door is a big part of your home’s curb appeal. Not only does the entryway make an impression on you, but a good-looking front door can also do wonders for your home’s resale value. It’s like the whipped cream on a sugar cream pie. But with so many door styles available, choosing a new entry door for your home can feel like a daunting decision.

What Material Should I Choose?

For a long time, wood has been the material of choice for many Indy homeowners. Its beauty and durability made this material feel like the Monument Circle of doors. But, with advancements in science and fabrication, wood is no longer the best choice. When it comes time to replace a door, most Hoosiers turn to fiberglass and steel to safeguard their investment.   

Fiberglass and steel are both more resistant to the Indianapolis weather, giving your home an energy efficiency boost. They require less maintenance – strong enough to hold up on 38th street – and are often less expensive than wood. But how do they compare to each other for a home in in Indianapolis? Let’s break it down:

Steel Doors

If you’re looking to have new doors installed on your home, you can’t go wrong with steel. It is a versatile material that comes with a lot of options. Some may even surprise you!  

  1. When you think of a steel door, do you picture an old rusting door on the back of an East Side building that only gives access to an alleyway? While a reinforced steel door is excellent for rear door security, you can get a whole lot more style and elegance from steel than this. However, it should be noted steel might offer more protection than fiberglass.
  2. For your Indianapolis doors, steel and wood designs go together like biscuits and gravy. That’s right, steel doors can come with a woodgrain! At Window Nation, our exclusive accent finishing technique creates a finish that gives our steel doors the appearance of real wood. If you want a door that looks like a fine oak door but has the durability and low cost of steel, no problem! While the wood finish on a steel door can’t thoroughly compare to the same look with fiberglass, it is worth taking a look at, especially for the cost.  
  3. While steel is strong and durable, it is more prone to scratching and denting than fiberglass. It doesn’t take a motor speedway mechanic with a blow torch to fix up your scratches, but this is something to consider when getting steel. However, putty and paint should cover them just fine.
  4. Steel can become hot to the touch on a warm sunny day, but that heat isn’t going to get through the insulation that comes with these doors. You can spend the whole day at Geist Reservoir and have peace of mind that you’re not going to lose any energy-saving benefits by choosing steel.

Fiberglass Doors

Some in the industry advertise that fiberglass comes with all the benefits of steel, without any of its limitations. This is only partly true. In almost every way, fiberglass doors are slightly better than steel. But, this material doesn’t exactly have a Colts-level defense. It will crack and break if it’s struck hard. Steel will not. Here are some other things you may want to know about fiberglass:

  1. Fiberglass doors are available in many styles, colors, and grains. If you’re looking for doors that give the appearance of real wood for your Indianapolis home, this is the best option.
  2. Fiberglass doors are low maintenance, keeping rust to a minimum.
  3. Fiberglass isn’t as heavy as steel, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice that satisfying “thunk” sound when you close your fiberglass doors. At Window Nation, we manufacture the internal structure of these doors to simulate the same weight of wood.
  4. Exposure to heat over time can cause doors to swell and warp like a persimmon pudding. This can harm the frame and seal of an entry door. While steel and fiberglass are more resistant to this than wood, fiberglass is slightly better. The material will hold up against extreme temperature fluctuations (which happen way too often here).

Want to Learn More about Our Entry Doors?

When it comes to getting a new door for your Indianapolis home, you can’t go wrong with either of these two materials. If your doors are outdated enough to be on an old-timey Fountain Square shop, let Window Nation help. Schedule your free, no-obligation in-home estimate today, and let’s get started!

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