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Style Meets Security: About Steel and Iron Exterior Doors

Steel and iron exterior doors

From enhancing the beauty of your front entryway, to boosting the safety and security of your home, the type of front door you choose will provide its own distinct set of advantages. To add a welcoming sense of sophistication to your home, along with much needed safety and privacy, consider going with a sturdy steel or iron door. If you’re curious about the different benefits these types of metal doors can offer your threshold, check out the below information:

Steel doors

A popular exterior door choice for many homeowners, insulated steel doors continue to be an appealing purchase for a variety of reasons. According to Consumer Reports, steel doors currently make up around half of the market for exterior doors. The reasons for their popularity primarily revolve around their weather resiliency, security features, insulation value, and cost effectiveness. Steel and iron exterior doors are often chosen over wood doors because they require significantly less maintenance to keep their appearance in pristine condition – metal isn’t susceptible to splintering or rot like wood. Also, signs of cracking, bowing, or rust are extremely rare in steel doors, meaning you’ll receive years of lasting durability. The only factors to keep in mind when considering steel doors are that dents and scratches can be more difficult to repair, so be wary of potential accidents and repair them immediately if damaged.


Steel and iron doors can add a more distinct style to your home’s entryway.

Exterior Iron doors

If you’re in pursuit of adding some individuality and elegance to your entryway, wrought iron doors feature a distinct appearance that will always be sure to turn heads in your neighborhood. They are uniquely structured, and available in a variety of designs, each offering their own prominent aesthetic through hand-forged, twisted iron shapes and scrollwork. While a dazzling and custom-looking design is certainly the most recognizable feature of wrought iron doors, there are also several advantages this type of door can offer.

Iron doors are designed to lower the overall transfer of heat and cold into the house, and are foam insulated to help your home maintain a comfortable temperature year round. In addition to potentially lowering utility costs, iron doors are by far one of the safest exterior materials on the market. Along with being compatible with the locking system of your choosing, iron doors offer sturdy strength, aren’t easily damaged, and are built to endure the harshest of weathering conditions. Due to all these housing benefits, iron doors can be more costly compared to other door materials. However, once you make the initial investment for installing iron doors, you can rest assured you won’t have to worry about replacing it for many years to come.

Resale value

Another enticing reason to install a steel or iron door tends to be their ability to boost a home’s resale value. Iron doors in particular can increase resale value because of the combination of unique style along with renowned durability; this means new homeowners typically won’t need to replace this type of door once they move in. The same can be said for steel doors, as its resistance toward all types of weathering will help keep maintenance costs down for new inhabitants.

“Less maintenance and more security come standard with iron and steel doors.”

Final considerations

For homeowners weighing the advantages between iron and steel doors compared to other materials, such as wood or fiberglass, return on investment is the biggest factor to consider. Steel doors are generally more cost effective in relation to fiberglass doors, and while fiberglass can be more resistant to general wear and tear, steel doors will require less maintenance and can be an overall better option for safety and security.

Both wood and metal doors allow homeowners to get creative when it comes to stylization. However, wood doors generally cater better to DIY homeowners who are keen to the maintenance standards it takes to keep this material’s pristine appearance. Regular painting or varnishing is essential to keep wood looking its best, and these anticipated cost considerations are not applicable for metal door owners. Energy efficiency is also another benefit that comes standard with steel or iron doors. Overall, if you’re mulling over cost considerations between all these different door materials, remember that eliminating maintenance costs is a huge advantage of investing in iron or steel doors. Style, security, and savings are why so many homeowners continue to stick with steel or iron exterior doors.

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(7) Comments

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Cheryl,

      Most wrought iron doors will be complete solid. You will need to find a specific seller and see if they can custom make a door for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  1. I think I have a steel door, but not sure. I haven’t had to do any maintenance on it which has been nice. I’ve never heard of iron doors before, but I feel like that would add some cool class to your home. Thanks for the info.

  2. Security can be an important issue to address with your home. However, I like how you also talk about making sure that you consider the resale value of your home. Making sure that you mix some style with your security doors can keep you and your things safe while looking great at the same time.

  3. Sudheendra Hebbar - Reply

    Hey, I read your post and it’s quite compelling to opt for steel or iron doors, but what about the cost factor? Are they costlier than wooden doors? Please clarify the cost aspect for these doors: steel, iron, wood and fiberglass – I’m mulling over one of these for my office entrance way. Which would be the cheapest?

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Sudheendra,

      Thank you for your inquiry! Steel and Iron doors do cost more than wood and fiberglass just due to the cost of material. The cheapest option would be to go with a fiberglass door. If you were interested I’ve included the link to our exterior doors for you to take a look.


      Please let us know if there is anything else we can help out with!

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