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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 may 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 Sheridan, you’ll want to pick the most energy-efficient option out there. At Pella of Sheridan, our front entry doors are made with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the choice 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 picking out an insulation type for your home, there’s a reason why fiberglass is the most sought-after. It doesn’t conduct heat very well, keeps temperatures mild and repels moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are considered one of the top options for energy-efficient doors.

As an added bonus, fiberglass:

  • Has miminal expansion and contraction, making them better-suited if you are living somewhere very hot or cold.
  • Doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, such as painting.
  • Naturally minimizes dents and scratches.

At Pella of Sheridan, you’ll have complete access to a broad range of models that adhere to your home’s unique design, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is a great 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 to choose from, you’re sure to find a style that works with the weather in Sheridan.

Our glass selections range from full light to one-quarter light, with optional glazed glass for extra 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 can’t insulate as well as fiberglass, it’s still a great choice for your front door, especially if you want additional security. Steel exterior doors are consistently tough, which guarantees ample durability against severe weather. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t require much maintenance like painting.

At Pella of Sheridan, our steel doors are offered in three attractive traditional and contemporary styles, two-panel square, six panels and flush. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a striking 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 additional security options for your steel door and extra peace of mind.

Other Things to Think About When Upgrading Your Exterior Door

Now that you’ve selected the material you want, there are a couple other things you ought to think about when purchasing new entry doors.

You Usually Don’t Need a Storm Door

When working on your door replacement project, you might be wondering whether it’s beneficial to add a storm door, namely if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy says this typically isn’t worth the extra cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This combo is typically only useful if you have an older door that’s in great condition but needs added insulation.

Don’t Forget to Check Energy Performance Ratings

Every entry door has an energy-efficiency rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council. It’s wise to keep this in mind when making your choice, as well as the weather in Sheridan and your home’s specific design. This rating covers solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll easily keep your home cool in the summer with lower numbers and warm in the winter with higher numbers. Choosing the ideal combination can help with better regulating indoor temperatures.

With U-factor, you’ll want to choose a lower number. This means the door is more effective at keeping heat inside.

For ideal performance and energy efficiency, look for doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that possess this certification have multiple panes of glass to restrict heat flow, better core materials for improved insulation and a secure seal to prevent energy loss.

These types of doors can lower your energy costs while making your home more comfortable. And lower energy requirements means added protection for the environment and natural resources. At Pella, we’ve remained a proud partner with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer many doors that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification standards in every state.

There’s a reason why Pella is the #1 preferred entry door brand by homeowners.* Our quality exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive useful advice from our staff every step of the way, from your consultation to installation and beyond. We’re available to make the process easy and even enjoyable. To learn more, reach out to us at 307-673-1135 today!


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

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