The art of handcrafted ironworks have been around for centuries. Starting in the Middle Ages, ironclad doors, gates and railings […]
Wood or Iron: Make the Smart Choice for Your Entry Door
Are you building a home? Or perhaps looking to give your current curb appeal a bit of a refresher? Either way, you have a choice to make: Either an Iron Entry Door or a Wood door. Getting the right amount of security PLUS aesthetics can be daunting when you don’t really know where to start!
The trick is to find an entry door that fits your style, your budget and the level of security to suit your home and family. Let’s review the two very different materials being the most common (Iron doors and wood doors).
Steel and wood are standard materials for entry doors because both are a solid, durable choice. But since there are pros and cons as you make a selection, you’ll will need to make the best choice for your home and lifestyle:
Wood is an adequate insulator, however due to foam insulation in the best steel doors, these doors are typically more energy-efficient than wood because they have higher insulating values. They’re better at keeping cooler air-conditioned air inside, while keeping hotter outdoor air outside of your home. No matter which material you choose, look for a door with a tight-fitting frame and energy-efficient core.
Care and Maintenance
Although they are beautiful and durable, wood doors require a lot of maintenance. For example, upon installation, wood doors will need to be sealed properly. If you wait to seal the door, it can grow more susceptible to moisture damage, leading to warping or swelling. Wood doors are generally the most expensive choice because they require the most year-round maintenance. You will need to repaint or restain a wood door every year or two in order to keep it sealed and protected from splitting and warping. Iron doors are resistant to moisture, rot, fire, and a variety of insects. SO, if you are looking for a low maintenance option, you might want to strongly consider an iron door which at most requires an occasional rub down of WD-40 with a soft cloth.
Style and Appearance
There is beauty and versatility in both wood and iron doors. Wood doors can exude a sense of old-world character and charm. On the other hand, iron doors offer an air of individuality and elegance to any home. With their luxurious patterns and beautiful finishes, iron doors can provide your home with a striking curb appeal and are easily customizable to your personal style and taste.
Durability and Security
The first thing that burglars do when choosing their target is assess the level of security. This includes the identification of common entry points inside the house as they want to enter the home without making much noise. The statistics show that 34% of burglars use the front door to enter the house. With a wood door weighing in the same as an average male bulldog, at an average of 50 pounds, and an iron entry door weighing approximately 650 pounds (think male grizzly bear), the simple spectacle of a heavy wrought iron door with a proper locking mechanism will deter burglars and keep your home protected.
Before investing in a brand-new door, make sure you carefully review the pros and cons of each. This will help you determine your needs, the needs or your home, and what each option can provide you with. If you decide that installing an Iron Entry Door or Iron Security Door is the right choice for your home and family, give us a call at 602-345-7481 and let us do the heavy lifting!