Depending on the application, exposure, and desired architectural style, there are two primary “flavors” of doors we’d recommend for most residential applications.
For those wanting the beauty of natural materials or wishing to retain the vintage feel of a building, there’s often no substitute for a wood door. Their character is difficult to replicate and hard to miss. While they do require ongoing maintenance, many feel it’s a small price to pay for enjoying the elegance they can offer. Wood doors perform best when protected by a roof, awning, or other element designed to divert water away from the opening. There are a wide range of choices in regards to styles, choices and features, even in “off the shelf” doors. We’ve been installing Simpson wood doors for years and our customers are always delighted by them.
If a stock door doesn’t quite do it for you, our partners at Manor Millwork make stunning doors out of a variety of wood species, with an emphasis on utilizing sustainable lumber and techniques. Their doors border on being works of art and can be customized to reflect whatever your vision may be.
Due to their durability and performance, fiberglass doors are becoming increasingly popular. Since fiberglass is an inert material, it’s unaffected by moisture. It’s also very strong, rigid, and stable – all desirable properties for door components. Fiberglass doors are the perfect complement to their wood counterparts, especially for areas experiencing heavy traffic or where they’ll be exposed to harsh conditions. They generally offer a bit more insulation than their wood cousins and are resistant to decay. Our customers often select them for secondary doors or applications that will be painted, though some of the newer generation doors from Therma-Tru have an appearance that, when stained, rivals even the nicest wood doors!
Residential steel entry doors had a surge in popularity in the 1980’s and 90’s, but soon fell out of favor. The lighter gauge steel often used in these doors dented easily and while it’s true that the insulation sandwiched between the door skins provided some minimal resistance to heat loss, many of these products quickly rusted to a point where they were practically impossible to maintain. CWDS does install steel doors, but their use is usually limited to heavier gauge utilitarian units in commercial and industrial buildings these days. It’s been our experience that fiberglass is a superior alternative to steel for most residential applications.