How to Choose the Best Entry Doors for Your Home

Your front doors do more than boost your curb appeal; they are also the primary barrier that shapes your home’s energy efficiency. Learn how to make the best decision for your needs.

Stainless steel doors are ideal for exterior applications where hygiene and cleanliness are essential, such as restaurants, hospitals, and laboratories. Contact us to order commercial stainless steel doors.

Solid Core Wood

Masonite is the builders choice for high-performance front doors, side doors and transoms that provide superior weather protection. Their fiberglass and wood doors are designed for any architectural style, with a range of options that will meet your design, energy and performance requirements.

Their simulated wood door collection includes two architectural styles, Le Chateau and Artisan with a selection of French doors, louvers, bifolds and sidelights to complete the look. These doors are easy to maintain, have a longer warranty and are more energy efficient than traditional wood doors.

Plastpro’s fiberglass entry doors provide a traditional look with the added benefit of enhanced water protection. Their Hydroshield technology seals out moisture and air infiltration with a full composite stile and rail construction. The Nova Series is a fully-glazed entry door with a clean Craftsman panel profile or a traditional craftsman style, and it comes in a Fir grain. Other options include directly glazed simulated divided lites, dentil shelves and two sticking profiles.

Stainless Steel

When your business needs commercial doors for exterior applications such as man-doors, pedestrian-doors or alley way-doors, consider stainless steel. This material is known for durability, corrosion resistance and visual appeal. It’s also ideal for areas where hygiene and cleanliness are essential such as food processing plants and hospitals.

Most people think of a basic, plain metal door when they imagine a steel exterior door. But, steel doors now come in a wide variety of styles and colors. They’re manufactured to prevent water absorption, resist rust and come factory primed for easy finishing.

Some are embossed with thousands of tiny engravings to have a wood-textured look. They are an alternative to a fiberglass door and cost less than solid-core wood doors. Some even have a thermal foam core to keep heat and cold from penetrating into the home. Many are backed by warranties against dents, scratches and dings. A new product on the market is a Jamb Patch designed to repair corroded steel frame-jambs without the need to remove and replace the entire door-jamb system.

Fire-Rated Glass

Fire rated glass inhibits radiant heat transfer and contains flames and smoke. It typically comes in the form of traditional wired glass or some specially tempered products, including glass-ceramics. It can be used anywhere the building code calls for an “opening protective” assembly.

To earn its fire rating, glass must pass a series of tests set by national standards. These include a fire and hose stream test, as well as impact safety testing. Historically, this type of glazing was limited to products such as polished wired glass that earned a 45 minute rating (although they weren’t capable of passing the impact safety tests).

Today, there are many options that can be used in doors, sidelites, transoms and borrowed lites. PYROSWISS is one such product that can achieve up to a 60-minute fire rating, and it also provides up to Category II impact safety ratings. It symmetrically withstands high thermal stress and is free of UV-sensitive interlayers or embedded wires, yet it is optically clear.

Metal Vision Lites

Lite kits are door windows inserts that add light to rooms, reduce the need for artificial lighting and make areas more pleasant. They are available in a variety of sizes, frame colors and glass types. They can be added to nearly any commercial steel or wood door. Lite kits are also available in fire-rated options to maintain fire ratings of doors and to comply with building codes.

Vision lites can be glazed with non-fire rated tempered clear glass, fire rated pyran glass or fire rated wire glass. Air Louver VLFEZIG vision lite frames are UL Listed and Warnock Hersey Intertek Fire Rated when installed in a properly rated and approved door with glazing ratings up to 3 hours.

Commercial vision lites are prepped standard for 4.5″ square ball bearing hinges and heavy duty 7 gauge hinge reinforcements. Visit our showroom to see the variety of vision lites available to meet your needs. Our expert team can help you find the right vision lite for your space.