Steel vs Fiberglass Exterior Doors, Who's the Winner?

September 30th, 2022, 12:00 AM

There are many door materials available on the market, however, two of them are always compared for their benefits and differences from wood. Steel and fiberglass exterior doors are popular choices, but consumers always question which is the best for their home. Here is a  list of the pros and cons of each door so you can determine which is right for you.

Steel vs Fiberglass Exterior Door Appearance

Each door type will add its unique touch to your home. The most significant difference is that fiberglass doors can be stained and painted, whereas steel doors can only be painted. If you decide that you want to paint your steel door, you must purchase a primed steel door for the best application. 

With a fiberglass door's ability to be stained, it can look almost indistinguishable from a wooden door, which is typically much more expensive. If you want a more traditional look for your home, fiberglass doors will provide you with precisely that.

Both types of doors have a wide range of designs and configurations. However, fiberglass has more accommodation options for glass panels, known as lites, of different shapes, sizes, proportions, and transparencies. 

Steel vs Fiberglass Exterior Door Performance

One of the most prominent variables to consider when picking between these materials is the climate they will face daily. Fiberglass is better suited for various environments since it does not transfer heat. If your location has significant seasonal fluctuations in temperature, fiberglass will be the better choice since it will not expand and contrast drastically.

Fiberglass also doesn't warp or become damaged by weather, moisture, or humidity. With steel doors, you risk rusting in humid environments and heat transferring into your home if it is consistently hot outside.

There are some benefits to having a steel door, though. They are incredibly sturdy and will last a long time if properly cared for. Under severe circumstances, it can become scratched or dented, but this can generally be fixed with a standard auto-body repair kit.

Steel vs Fiberglass Exterior Door Cost

There are a wide variety of styles in both door types within your budget.  

Low-End Cost

Being a cost-effective option, there are more steel door options than fiberglass. There are still options in fiberglass, but they are limited. The most popular option for steel doors is ProVia Legacy Steel, and the most popular for fiberglass is Heritage Fiberglass. These doors are typically premade and have limited customizability, including color and glass type. 

Mid-Range to High-End Cost

The mid to high range of costs typically allow for more fiberglass door options, including the look of natural wood. However, there are very few, if any, steel doors within this price range. The most popular manufacturer for fiberglass doors in the mid-range is ProVia Signet, and the most popular for the high-range is Jeld-Wen Aurora.

Very High-End Cost

Steel is the way to go if you want to spend a large sum of money on a custom door. The sky's the limit when customizing your door's size, design, and style. You can add as many windows or accent pieces as you want, just understand that this is associated with a high price tag. Clark Hall and French Steel are the most popular manufacturers of these custom doors. They can make all of your entrance dreams come true.

Hodges Expert Steel or Fiberglass Installation

Hodges Windows and Doors can easily install whichever door you feel best suits your home and budget. If you are still unsure which door would fit best, Hodges can give you an expert opinion so you can rest easy about your decision. Contact us today to completely transform your entryway.

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