Making the Decision for Metal Front Doors

If you’ve just started shopping for a new front door, metal front doors might be a possibility that you haven’t considered yet. You might not know, for example, that metal front doors can be made of a few different materials, including:

  • Steel
  • Iron
  • Aluminum

Some metal front doors are made of one piece, like one sheet of steel, or multiple pieces welded together. They can be painted, but they also come in a variety of colors and finishes, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find one that will match your home.

Valued for their security, metal front doors are available in a range of prices that can fit most budgets. In addition, according to Remodeling magazine, 92% of homeowners were able to recoup the cost when they sold their homes after installing a metal front door (steel, in particular).

front of a medium sized home with a metal front door and single garage door
modern style house with a steel front door

Maintaining the Metal

Unless you live in an area with extremes in weather, metal front doors are fairly easy to maintain. They are stronger than doors made of wood or fiberglass, as they don’t crack or warp. However, they will wear down if exposed to heavy moisture or salt in the air.

Another danger for metal front doors is heavy traffic. Metal front doors can be vulnerable to denting. However, if you’re more concerned about security and/or cost than simply the aesthetic qualities of your door, you should still consider a metal front door. You should repair scratches immediately, though, to make sure they don’t rust. In addition, install your metal front door or have it installed so that it opens out, as this makes metal front doors more reliable.

close up of a metal front door

Locking It Down

If you’re buying a metal front door because of security concerns, you should also carefully consider the lock you’re installing or having installed. Choose the best lock that fits your budget. One quality lock is better than multiple locks, if they’re poorly constructed.

For metal front doors, you have two basic types to choose, which are lever locks and cylinder locks. Cylinder locks are so named because of their internal cylinder. They’re strong locks, but the downside is they work only with the original key. If you lose it, you’ll have to replace the entire cylinder. Lever locks are just as strong as cylinder locks, with the added bonus that you won’t have to replace the entire mechanism if you lose your key. However, you should obviously choose the lock that best fits your needs and budget.

close up of a grey steel front door

What’s Inside That Counts

Like fiberglass front doors, many, if not most, metal front doors are manufactured with insulating material inside, helping to keep your home energy efficient. The insulation can be made of several materials, which include foam, mineral wool, and expanded polystyrene. You will have to choose for yourself what level of insulation you need, as it will depend on the climate where you live.

However, as with all entries, the biggest danger is not the door itself, but the area around the door. It can be easy for air to get in and out there. Be sure to install weatherstripping around the door to prevent this problem. Another good idea is to install a door sweep at the bottom, which also helps keep out drafts.

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