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Replacing a front door will arguably pay for itself by immediately increasing your home's value. It's the most important part of your house because it's the mouth - the area that brings in all of the "food, nourishment and energy". Analogies aside, it's the first thing most people look at when viewing your home so you want it to be inviting and full of liveliness. Choosing an energy-efficient exterior door not only adds to your home's aesthetic, but it can trim a nice chunk of change off of your energy bills. So how to do you know which door is right for you? Wood, steel and fiberglass are the three main materials available for exterior CT doors. Check out the pros and cons of each one, so you can make an educated decision on the right door of your home.

Wood

If you're looking to stun your guests with a handcrafted touch, wood is the best choice for you. It has a sleek luxurious look that can't be duplicated by fiberglass and steel. It's the go-to choice for high-end projects but it's also the most expensive choice out of the three at roughly $500 to $2,000, and also requires the most maintenance. Wood doors should be repainted every two years to prevent any splitting and warping.

Steel

Steel doors are a popular choice because of their look and overall low cost. For those looking to save money, steel door can run for as low as $150 and as much as $400 at bigger retailers. Not to mention, if you have someone to help you hang it, it's a simple installation. However, steel CT doors have a lower lifespan under duress compared to wood and fiberglass. When faced with salt and heavy rain, it may only last up to five years. Also, with heavy use, any damage can be difficult and expensive to fix. So if you live in an area where your home will be heavily exposed to terrible elements, finding another material might be a better option.

Fiberglass

Those looking for a material that's reliable and low maintenance should find fiberglass as the perfect option. It comes in an array of styles and doesn't expand or contract as the weather changes so if you're in an ideal location, fiberglass CT doors can last up to 20 years. They have a solid coating that makes it difficult for intruders to breach, and the interior foam adds ample insulation. Fiberglass falls in the middle ground in price; at most stores, a door can range from $150 to $600. Another quality bonus? A new door can generate up to 72% return in home value.

Fiderio & Therma-Tru Doors

The Therma-Tru website has features that enable you to design your door, and our portfolio includes examples of replacement entry doors we have installed.  Please contact us if you have questions about your options for entry doors, or if you would like to visit our showroom in Meriden to see more of our samples and work with our designers to configure a door that suits your needs and your taste.