Wood Vs Steel Entry Doors

The material you choose for your home’s front door must be able to withstand wind, rain and sunlight and at the same time have the strength to keep intruders out. Homeowners also want an entry door that’s attractive and complements the home’s exterior. Steel and wood are standard materials for entry doors because both are a solid, durable choice. But each has pros and cons that may make one material more suitable for your home than the other.

steel vs wood entry doors

Cost and Efficiency

Steel doors are less expensive than wood doors, although there are low-end wood doors that are comparable in price. But these are also of lower quality and may not last as long as high-end doors with better construction. Steel entry doors are typically more energy-efficient than wood because they have higher insulating values, so they’re better at keeping conditioned air inside your home and outdoor air outside. The efficiency of any door, though, depends on several other factors. No matter which material you choose, look for a door with a tight-fitting frame and energy-efficient cores.

Care and Maintenance

Steel doors are typically finished at the factory with a baked-on polyester finish or vinyl coating that doesn’t require further finishing by you at installation. A steel door, however, does require periodic repainting to protect the steel from moisture, which can lead to rust. Wood doors typically require refinishing every one to two years to protect the wood from weather and must be coated entirely, including the sides, top and bottom edges. While wood doors require more maintenance, they’re easier to repair than steel. Dents in steel doors must be sanded, filled using an auto body repair kit and repainted, and if scratches aren’t repaired, the steel may rust, causing further damage. If scratches or other minor damage occurs, the wood won’t deteriorate like steel, and a quick sanding and refinishing is typically enough to conceal the damage.