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By Philip in Rockwall, TX on 10/17/2010


I saw a thread earlier with a very good explanation of window selections... aluminum, wood, fiberglass... with the pros/cons and insulating factors.

I'm been looking at some custom decorative steel doors that are foam filled for insulation. Anyone heard pros or cons of these or have you used them and your thoughts?


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By David in Ocoee, FL on 11/7/2010


Philip,

The overwhelming majority of doors that are installed on new construction are steel doors. And all exterior steel doors are foam filled. The foam in the door is actually a structural component as well as an insulator and sound-deadening component.

I don't quite know what you mean by "custom decorative." Steel doors are readily available in an extremely wide variety of configurations. You can purchase the door with deadlights above, to the left, to the right, to the left and right, or all around the door. You can purchase it with a square or half-moon window on top. I can be here all day describing the many configurations that steel doors come in. The reason that doors are not given as much consideration as windows when it comes to energy savings is that there are far more windows in a home than there are doors.


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By Philip in Rockwall, TX on 11/8/2010


These are an example:

adooringdesigns.com. Just one of several companies.

Your point about windows vs. doors is well taken. Thanks.


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By David in Ocoee, FL on 11/10/2010


Philip,

I had no idea such a thing existed, nor was I aware that you were in the planning stages of building a castle. While those steel doors are impressive, nothing beats the look and feel of genuine South American mahogany when it comes to making a great first impression. Try Caoba Doors on for size.

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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 12/22/2010


I went with fiberglass doors. I found them to be only marginally more expensive than steel. Fiberglass doors also have the bonus of being able to be stained, if you desire a wood look (I painted mine).

The only steel door I used was the garage entry to the house. In my locale, that is a code requirement. The code requirement is based on fire rating, and I could most certainly have purchased a fire-rated fiberglass door that provided equivalent protection, but sometimes it isn't worth the hassle, as this door is not visible from anywhere inside or outside the house (it enters into a mud room).


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