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Wood vs. Steel vs. Fiberglass: Which door is right for your home?

Renovations are always exciting, but the choices available today can be overwhelming. There are a large selection of attractively designed, stylish and energy efficient doors available on the market today. A new door from Kempenfelt Windows & Doors provides beauty, security and longevity to complement any home and give it the ultimate curb appeal for years to come. How, you might ask, do you know which option is best for your home? We’ve highlighted the +pluses and -minuses of wood, steel and fiberglass doors so you can begin to evaluate your options.


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Although wood has traditionally been the material of choice, there are certainly a few drawbacks when considering a wood door;

+ Nothing compares to the warmth of natural wood grain (lets hold this thought until a little later…).

– Wood doors can be very expensive, particularly when long term maintenance is factored into the cost as they do require maintenance on a regular basis.

– They absorb moisture over time and can warp, bow, twist, crack and rot, which can compromise the look and feel and result in some very difficult operational issues!

– Wood, although beautiful, due to the above is the least energy-efficient option.



Doors made with galvanized steel are certainly a popular choice in today’s market, and for very good reason. With so many styles available steel is a very secure and attractive option;

+ Insulated steel doors offer excellent insulation, lowering your heating and cooling costs.

+ They require little to no maintenance.

+ Heavier gauge steel is highly durable and is resistant to rust, cracks and warping, so unlike wood this means smooth operation of your door for many years to come.

+ Significantly less expensive than wood.



Fiberglass doors are the most recent in today’s marketplace and they have one very appealing benefit in particular;

+ As with steel, fibreglass doors offer excellent insulation, lowering your heating and cooling costs.

+ They also require little to no maintenance.

+ Fiberglass is more durable, it will not scratch, dent, rust, crack or warp.

+++ When referring to the beauty of natural wood grain… high quality fiberglass doors, when manufactured with attention to detail and individually hand stained to achieve realistic colour and depth of grain, can look exactly like wood. With various wood grains and hand stained finishes available, you can achieve the warm and inviting feeling of a real wood door without the expense and maintenance of wood.


Kempenfelt Windows & Doors professionals work with you to ensure you find the perfect door for your home. Our staff have the knowledge and experience so you can trust that your investment is one that will last and will look beautiful for years to come.

Windows & Doors provides a 25 year warranty, with no catches or fine print, and that warranty is transferable to the next home owner! We warranty not only our doors but our installation. To book your FREE no hassle estimate today, contact our team in Barrie at 705-737-1554 or Newmarket at 905-895-1554.


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