When you think of home improvements that add the most value to your home what comes to mind? Bathroom remodel? Kitchen cabinet overhaul? How about getting some of those storm-ready Houston replacement windows?
You would be correct on all answers—but did you know that when you get down to a dollar for dollar comparison, the most valuable home improvement you can make is having your front door replaced by Houston’s best door company…Superior.
Yes, We Do Doors Too!
Sure, we are known for replacement windows in Houston but when you are a window company, specializing in entry doors and patios doors as well is just part of the territory as they are complementary home components.
Entry door replacement in Houston actually costs much less than replacement windows or adding new siding to your house, yet it adds more value to your home than most home improvement projects. In fact, a recent report found that a new entry door can yield up to a little over 90% return on your investment depending on the type of door you choose.
It should also be noted that if you are replacing a drafty door or one that was poorly installed in the first place, you could see a significant boost in your home’s efficiency. Depending on the location of your main living area in relation to the entry door, the impact on cooling and heating and your comfort level can be huge.
So, if you are sick of your tired, worn out front door—it’s more than a smart cosmetic decision to replace it; it’s actually a smart financial investment into your home. However, even though we are Houston’s best door company, we will be the first to admit it—choosing the right front door can be a real pain in the neck; there’s just so many options. Don’t let that discourage you though, we’re here to help break it all down.
What’s In A Door Is What Matters
While there are many options of styles to choose from when it comes to entry doors in Houston, the doors themselves are composed of one of 3 main materials:
Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages and at Superior, we recommend and sell fiberglass and steel doors—read on to find out why.
Wood Entry Doors
Ok, we aren’t denying that wood doors naturally look and feel elegant and we understand why someone would want real wood doors. But let’s face it—real wood doors are quite expensive and don’t give you the efficiency and longevity that steel and fiberglass doors do—all while accurately mimicking the look of wood doors.
Wood doors can create a love-hate relationship with a homeowner. On one hand, wood doors offer timeless beauty and texture to your home. They can be inexpensive to repair minor scratches and knicks and hold up well to household wear.
On the other hand, doors require frequent upkeep such as re-painting, re-staining, and can warp in the humid and tropical weather of Houston. Their energy efficiency is abysmal compared to the other two materials and again, you pay a lot of money already up front for a nice wood door.
So, what do you do when you want the look of wood but want great energy efficiency and durability? You go with fiberglass, and we are willing to bet that when looking at one of our Signet fiberglass doors alongside a wood door, you can’t tell the difference—you’ll feel it though when you see how much money you save.
Fiberglass Entry Doors
When you want the elegant look of wood but want to stay within a budget and maintain high energy efficiency, our insulated fiberglass doors are the choice for you. When it comes to entry doors in Houston, fiberglass is one of the most popular material choices because it is:
- Very Energy Efficient
- Have A Long Life
Fiberglass is extremely durable and can take the beating that Houston weather can dole out on a door. They can offer twice the service life of wood or steel doors all with very minimal painting or touching up. Fiberglass maintains its shape regardless of hot or cold, arid or humid and they are scratch resistant for all you homeowners with rambunctious pets. Of all door material options, fiberglass is also the most energy efficient, with an inner foam core that not only dampens noise but insulates from the heat and cold as well.
Don’t let the lightweight feel of fiberglass doors deceive you—they are extremely secure and very tough for an intruder to compromise.
Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve looked at fiberglass doors, but the manufacturing technology has come a long way and now, fiberglass wood grain finishes are indistinguishable to the naked eye from natural wood. So if it’s that elegance you seek with better efficiency and very little maintenance—this is the door for you. While fiberglass isn’t as expensive as wood, it still isn’t the least expensive option when it comes to door materials.
Steel Entry Doors
Steel is actually the most cost-effective and strong alternative to fiberglass and wood for a homeowner on a tight budget. It still won’t warp and doesn’t require much maintenance as well—especially if it’s partially shielded from the elements.
The small downside to steel doors is that if they aren’t protected from the elements like a covered porch or entryway, they can rust, get dented by hail, and be difficult to repair. Steel is also less durable than fiberglass in UV exposure and rain.
While steel is the strongest of all three materials, it is not by a huge margin and investing in a solid deadbolt and reinforced strike plate would make more difference than door material. Our security consultants can advise and install for you the most effective burglar-resistant locks and deadbolt systems in whichever door you choose.
Houston’s Best Door Company For A Reason
Superior is the best door company in Houston not because we market well, but because our doors are manufactured right here in the USA by us, and crafted to meet our stringent quality standards. Our consultants are knowledgeable about doors and windows and make product suggestions based on your needs, not quotas or commission.
When you get a Superior door, you know you are getting an investment that will last a lifetime. So contact us today for a free estimate.