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What Are the Most Energy Efficient Door Types?

by CustomHomes on Thursday, September 8, 2016

DoorFinding a door can be daunting when you are not sure what you want. There is a lot of aspects you will want to consider. Many aspects such as look, durability, and price are very important features but energy efficiency should be another thing to consider.

Glass

While glass can be beautiful it is not very energy efficient. It is difficult to create an energy efficient glass door without gaps and holes that will allow air to pass through or around. While you can have molding around the glass it can still be porous. If your heart is set on a glass door be sure to find one that is well made and manufactured by a company you trust.

Wood

Wood is a beautiful, timeless look that can be sturdy and incredibly durable. They do need to be properly finished and cared for to withstand harsh weather conditions and wear and tear over time. Wood can also be heavy and expensive. If you are not a fan of large bulky doors you will need to reconsider the door you would like. Wood is somewhat energy efficient in that it is a natural material and is bulky enough to keep some heat or cold out of your home. There are other door options, however, that are more energy efficient.

Steel

Steel is a sturdy, weather resistant door that can be beautiful and well made. Steel doors, however, can be somewhat expensive. If you want a steel door be sure to shop around online and indoors so you make an educated and knowledgeable decision.

Bamboo

A bamboo door is a wonderful substitute for wood doors because they are lightweight and have a faster regrow weight in the wild. Refinished bamboo doors can be well made, simple, inexpensive, and are wonderful for keeping air from passing through or around it. While bamboo is not the most energy efficient door at the moment it is definitely improving with time.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is a durable, lightweight, inexpensive and may be the most energy efficient. Fiberglass is made of several layers of fiberglass thread and then coated with resin. This makes it not only lightweight but weather resistant. Because it is coated and fused together there is less possibility that mold or corrosion will occur. Since fiberglass is thread and resin it is not a porous material. By being nonporous the door will not let air flow through or around itself. This is perfect for hot or cold weather or incredibly humid areas.

Hopefully this will help you decide which door material is the perfect material for your home.

Sources: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/entry-doors/buying-guide.htm

 

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com