Front Doors 101

Oct 10, 2018 9:34:54 AM / by Shoreline Window and Remodeling


When looking for an Entry Door for your home, you will notice there are a ton of different manufactures, materials, and options to choose from. We are breaking down your options so you can make the best choice for your new door.

Slab Material

The two most popular materials that the slab of the door is made from are steel and fiberglass.


Steel door slabs add extra security. They are usually thicker and harder to manipulate if a home invasion is attempted. If price is a factor, steel doors are more affordable than most fiberglass units. But, over time, steel slabs can break down and rust in harsh climates. Style and paint options are also limited when it comes to this material. 


Fiberglass door slabs, although not as secure as steel, are more energy efficient and don't shrink or warp during extreme weather changes. There are many more paint and style options when dealing with fiberglass, and overtime, the door can be repainted. Overall, a fiberglass door will have a longer lifespan than steel and is easier to maintain.

Frame Options

The door frame is what gets installed securely into the opening of your home. The slab is hung within the framing and is mounted with hinges. It is important to make sure the door frame is made of quality materials.


Some manufacturers offer a fiberglass frame which won't rot or warp overtime. But, they are extremely hard to work with and secure during the installation procedure.


The most common framing material is wood. The wood can be painted or wrapped with a protective coating through that manufacture depending on what options are available for that certain door.



At the bottom of each frame is the threshold. Some are made from wood and covered with a metal finish. The wood can break down and rot overtime, especially in a climate with harsh winters.


A more quality threshold will be made out of a composite material and surrounded by a metal finish that matches the hinges and hardware. The composite does not break down and rot. It usually comes with a feature to adjust your threshold to sit snug against the bottom of the door slab which adds extra energy efficiency.


If you would like to talk more about entry doors, windows, or remodeling, contact us today. 

Topics: door, remodeling