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    Comparison of door materials

    By May 05 , 2017

    Steel Doors

    Advantages

    • The Steel doors are manufactured as a steel metal casing covering an inner polyurethane core. The strength of a steel door is based on its gauge thickness which ranges between 16 to 24- more the gauge value the thinner is the steel.The polyurethane core inside a steel door makes it energy efficient.
    • Steel doors give a very modern and sleek look.
    • Highly durable and maintenance free.
    • Steel doors can have a very good fire resistance.

    Disadvantages

    • Steel doors are susceptible to scratches and dents which can lead to rusting of the door.
    • Chipping of paint in a steel door is very common.
    • These doors are very sensitive to temperature; they feel cold in winters and hot in summers.

    Wooden Doors

    Advantages

    • Wooden doors are aesthetically very warm and pleasing and can match with any décor.
    • These doors are easy to repair, they are not factory made hence minor changes could be made at site.
    • Numerous designs can be easily carved on wood.

    Disadvantages

    • The wooden doors are subjected to contraction and expansion when used as an external door. They tend to absorb moisture during the rainy season which makes them prone to cracks.
    • Require regular maintenance.
    • Not very energy efficient and sustainable.
    • Wood is prone to termites.

    uPVC Doors

    Advantages

    • uPVC doors are one of the most durable doors available in the market and might not need to be changed during one’s lifetime.
    • uPVC is a very durable and stable material.
    • It does not rust, rot or flake.
    • uPVC is resistant to dust, pollution and chemicals.
    • These doors are energy efficient. A double locking seal can make the door sound proof.
    • uPVC doors are fire resistant.

    Disadvantages

    • uPVC is a very light weight material hence might not be strong enough to be a good external security door.
    • uPVC gives a very plastic look hence is not preferred by many home owners.

    Glass Doors

    Advantages

    • The main advantage of an external glass door that it allows the passage of natural light thus reducing the need of artificial light during the day.
    • Glass doors used in the interiors makes the space look big by offering a sense of transparency throughout the space.
    • Easy to clean and maintain.

    Disadvantages

    • Glass is not an energy efficient material.
    • It is susceptible to breaking and cracks.
    • Clear glass does not offer privacy. Stained glass or frosted glass is used for privacy.

    Aluminium Doors

    Advantages

    • Aluminium doors are light weight yet strong.
    • These doors are highly durable and maintenance free.
    • Comparatively cheap and cost effective doors.
    • Aluminium is a highly sustainable material.
    • Aluminium doors can be powder coated in any colour.
    • Termite resistant.

    Disadvantages

    • Aluminium doors are not very aesthetically pleasing.
    • It is light in weight hence not considered to be a good security door for entrances.
    • Aluminium is a bad conductor and allows condensation which might lead to rusting of aluminium over a period of time.

    Composite Wooden Doors (Solid and Hollow Core)

    Advantages

    • The composite wooden doors are made of particle board and finished with a veneer. They resemble solid wood doors. The composite doors could be hollow core or solid core doors.
    • The solid core composite doors are cost effective and can easily replace the solid wood doors.
    • The solid core doors are maintenance free and do not warp or absorb moisture.
    • These doors are energy efficient and fire resistant.
    • Composite wooden doors are termite resistant.

    Disadvantages

    • The composite wood doors are not very strong enough to be a good security entrance door.
    • The hollow core door is susceptible to absorption of water and warping hence not very durable.

    Fiberglass Doors

    Advantages

    • Fiberglass is a very good insulator and is an energy efficient door
    • Highly durable and requires minimum maintenance. It does not warp or rust like other door materials.
    • These doors have a smooth finish and can be painted or finished in other colours.
    • Aesthetically they can replicate much finish like wood or steel.
    • Fiberglass doors are resistant to fire.

    Disadvantages

    • Fiberglass doors are expensive.