Best Exterior Doors for Insulation
Windows and doors are a good way to add character to your home. But the wrong ones or old ones could cost you in terms of energy efficiency. That’s because ill-fitting or inefficient ones can leak up to a third of your home’s heating or air conditioning, according to the Department of Energy.
When you’re upgrading your home’s exterior doors in Victoria, you’ll want to pick the most energy-efficient option on the market. At Pella of Victoria, our front entry doors are fabricated with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the opportunity to customize them for your home, with just the right hardware, color and glass features for your style.
Here are our top picks for best exterior doors for insulation.
Fiberglass Exterior Doors
When you’re choosing an insulation type for your home, there’s a reason why fiberglass is the most popular. It doesn’t conduct heat very well, keeps temperatures pleasant and withstands moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are thought of as one of the top options for energy-efficient doors.
As an added bonus, fiberglass:
- Has lower expansion and contraction, making them better-suited if you live somewhere especially hot or cold.
- Doesn’t need a lot of extra care, such as painting.
- Naturally minimizes dents and scratches.
At Pella of Victoria, you’ll have total access to a broad variety of options that adhere to your home’s unique style, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.
While a glass pane is a straightforward way to add more natural light into your home, you might think about if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass as an option, you’re sure to find a style that suits the weather in Victoria.
Our glass selections include full light to one-quarter light, with optional glazed glass for additional privacy. You’ll be able to further customize your door with caming, beveling and between-the-glass grilles and blinds.
Steel Exterior Doors
While steel won’t insulate as well as fiberglass, it’s still a great option for your front door, especially if you want extra security. Steel exterior doors are consistently tough, which offers substantial durability against wind and rain damage. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t rely on much maintenance like painting.
At Pella of Victoria, our steel doors are available in three fashionable traditional and contemporary styles, two-panel square, six panels and flush. You’ll have the option to choose from a clean white or a primed finish, so your door can be whatever color you’d want.
We partner with Baldwin, a superior hardware brand, so you’ll have added security features for your steel door and extra peace of mind.
Other Things to Contemplate When Upgrading Your Exterior Door
Now that you’ve narrowed down the material you want, there are a couple other things you should have in mind when purchasing new entry doors.
You Usually Don’t Need a Storm Door
When starting your door replacement project, you may be wondering whether it’s worth adding a storm door, particularly if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy argues this usually isn’t worth the added cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This combination is typically only beneficial if you have an older door that’s in solid condition but requires added insulation.
Don’t Forget to Check Energy Performance Ratings
Every entry door has an energy-efficiency rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council. You should keep this in mind when making your choice, as well as the weather in Victoria and your home’s specific design. This rating considers solar heat gain and U-factor.
For solar gain ratings, you’ll be able to keep your home cooler in the summer with lower numbers and cozier in the winter with higher numbers. Selecting the perfect combination can help with better balancing indoor temperatures.
With U-factor, you’ll want to find a lower number. This means the door is more efficient at keeping heat inside.
For the highest performance and energy efficiency, try doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that hold this certification come with multiple panes of glass to cut down on heat flow, better core materials for added insulation and a secure seal to decrease energy loss.
These types of doors can lower your energy costs while making your home more comfortable. And reduced energy requirements means additional protection for the environment and natural resources. At Pella, we’ve remained a proud partner with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer many models that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification standards in all 50 states.
There’s a reason why Pella is the #1 preferred entry door brand by homeowners.* Our exceptional exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive beneficial advice from our staff throughout the process, from your consultation to installation and beyond. We’re ready to make the process simple and even enjoyable. To learn more, give us a call at 250-475-1277 today!
*Study of homeowner perceptions of leading national brands. Study commissioned by Pella, 2019.