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Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

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 can cost you in terms of energy efficiency. That’s because ill-fitting or inefficient ones can let out up to thirty percent of your home’s heating or air conditioning, according to the Department of Energy.

When you’re swapping out your home’s exterior doors in Cheyenne, you’ll want to choose the most energy-efficient option on the market. At Pella of Cheyenne, our front entry doors are constructed with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the chance 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 comfortable and repels moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are considered one of the top choices for energy-efficient doors.

As an additional bonus, fiberglass:

  • Has reduced expansion and contraction, making them perfect if you are located somewhere very hot or cold.
  • Doesn’t depend on a lot of extra care, such as painting.
  • Naturally minimizes dents and scratches.

At Pella of Cheyenne, you’ll have complete access to a wide number of choices that complement your home’s unique design, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is a good way to add more natural light into your home, you might want to know if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass to choose from, you’re certain to find a style that fits with the climate in Cheyenne.

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 strong material for your front door, especially if you want added security. Steel exterior doors are naturally tough, which offers substantial durability against severe weather. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t need much maintenance like painting.

At Pella of Cheyenne, our steel doors are offered in three popular traditional and contemporary styles, two-panel square, six panels and flush. You’ll be able to select from a crisp white or a primed finish, so your door can be whichever color you’d like.

We partner with Baldwin, a quality hardware brand, so you’ll have added security features for your steel door and extra peace of mind.

Other Things to Think About When Installing Your Exterior Door

Now that you’ve chosen the material you want, there are a small number of other things you ought to consider when purchasing new entry doors.

You Likely Don’t Need a Storm Door

When doing your door replacement project, you may be thinking whether it’s beneficial to add a storm door, especially if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy states this normally isn’t worth the added cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This option is typically only beneficial if you have an older door that’s in solid condition but could benefit from added insulation.

Don’t Forget to Examine Energy Performance Ratings

Every entry door has an energy-efficiency rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council. You’ll want to keep this in mind when making your decision, as well as the weather in Cheyenne and your home’s particular design. This rating includes solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll easily keep your home more comfortable in the summer with lower numbers and cozy in the winter with higher numbers. Picking the perfect combination can help with better regulating indoor temperatures.

With U-factor, you’ll want to find a lower number. This means the door is better at conserving heat inside.

For ideal performance and energy efficiency, try doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that possess this certification use multiple panes of glass to minimize heat flow, superior core materials for added insulation and a precise seal to prevent energy loss.

These types of doors sometimes reduce your energy bills while making your home more comfortable. And less energy use means better protection for the environment and natural resources. At Pella, we’ve continued to be a proud partner with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer many products that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification standards in all 50 states.

There’s a reason why Pella is the top entry door brand by homeowners.* Our exceptional exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive useful advice from our staff throughout the process, from your consultation to installation and more. We’re here to make the process easy and even enjoyable. To learn more, give us a call at 307-632-6373 today!

*Study of homeowner perceptions of leading national brands. Study commissioned by Pella, 2019.

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