What Are the Best Entry & Patio Door Materials for Energy Efficiency?

When you’re planning to replace the exterior doors of your home, you may be tempted to simply ask a contractor to install doors that are similar to the ones you have. But replacing outdated doors with new ones of the same material—typically wood or aluminum—could be a big mistake. Many entry doors and patio doors are now crafted with superior materials that can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Best Material for Entry Doors

The best material for entry doors is fiberglass. Of course, you’ll want to check to be sure any fiberglass door you select for your home meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR® standards. But you can generally feel confident that a fiberglass front door will dramatically reduce the amount of heat transfer that can undermine your indoor climate control and drive up your cooling and heating costs. If the front door you have in mind for your home includes glass inserts, you’ll want to make sure to invest in glazing units that include features aimed at boosting energy efficiency.

Some of the additional benefits of upgrading your home with a fiberglass front door include:

  • Remarkable durability because fiberglass won’t rot or fall victim to termites
  • Outstanding curb appeal because fiberglass doors can be made to resemble their classic wood counterparts
  • Better resistance to denting, scratching, chipping, and corrosion than steel doors

Best Material for Patio Doors

Sliding glass patio doors are like big windows that slide from side to side. Vinyl is widely considered to be the most energy-efficient frame material for windows, so it probably won’t surprise you to learn that vinyl patio doors are also the best choice for energy efficiency. As with replacement windows, you’ll also want to consider the energy-saving features of the glass in any patio doors you’re thinking of buying.

NewSouth Window Solutions takes pride in offering energy-efficient entry doors, patio doors, and replacement windows that are specifically designed to provide long-lasting value for homeowners in the southeastern United States. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about the energy-efficient upgrades we offer and install.

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