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The Pros and Cons of Different Door Styles for Austin Homes

posted on December 21, 2021 in Austin

In addition to giving your Austin home a more updated appearance, new exterior doors can also help you save money on your utility costs. Your new doors will pay for themselves over time, thanks to modern, energy-efficient materials. We've put together some resources about the materials and styles you should consider in your door-choosing process.

Entry doors

Front entry doors come in three durable, energy-efficient materials. Some are more customizable than others, so it all depends on what your preferences are!

Wood Entry Doors

wood door

Wood is a popular choice for entry doors among homeowners who want a high-end aesthetic, but it's also a pricier option that requires a lot of upkeep, such as annual painting or staining to maintain its beauty.

Steel Entry Doors

steel door

Steel has a reputation for being affordable and secure, but it has a shorter lifetime than other materials and is more prone to denting than wood and fiberglass. In a high-humidity environment like Austin, a steel door will typically survive just 10 years on average, while wood and fiberglass doors can outlive that timeline.

??Fiberglass Entry Doors

fiberglass door

Fiberglass doors are nearly maintenance-free and come in a variety of treatments that resemble high-end wood. They feel light but are extremely robust, lasting anywhere from 15 to 20 years. They also feature an energy-efficient foam core that effectively insulates against extreme temperatures and can help prevent heat loss.

Sliding Doors

Sliding Door

Sliding doors do not require more space to open; they glide on a small set of tracks that stack on top of each other to connect your interior and outdoor living spaces. Unfortunately, sliding doors can only be opened halfway. They can be quite loud when they open, and some people find their weight difficult to handle.

French Doors

French door

A set of French doors can give your house a classic, attractive entry, a high-end appearance and the ability to open the whole width of the door frame for optimal air. Because they require floor space to open, they may be an unsuitable choice for a tiny or compact setting.

Bifold doors

Bifold door

Bifold doors are simple to install and maintain, can be customized to fit either a modern or classic design style and have several locking points for added security. The disadvantages are that they have a number of frames that partially block views and no threshold. They may also need to stack within your home, which might take up valuable living space.

If it's time for you to replace your home's doors, schedule a free consultation today with Pella of Austin.

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*Based on a 2020 survey of leading window brands among homeowners.