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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 might cost you in terms of energy efficiency. That’s because loose or inefficient ones can lose up to thirty percent of your home’s heating or air conditioning, according to the Department of Energy.

When you’re upgrading your home’s exterior doors in Eau Claire, you’ll want to select the most energy-efficient option on the market. At Pella of Eau Claire, our front entry doors are made 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 selecting an insulation type for your home, there’s a reason why fiberglass is the most common. It doesn’t conduct heat very well, keeps temperatures pleasant and withstands moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are thought of as one of the top picks for energy-efficient doors.

As an additional bonus, fiberglass:

  • Has reduced expansion and contraction, making them better-suited if you reside somewhere especially hot or cold.
  • Doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, such as painting.
  • Naturally protects against dents and scratches.

At Pella of Eau Claire, you’ll have total access to a broad range of options that fit your home’s unique style, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is a good way to introduce more natural light into your home, you might think about if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass available, you’re sure to find a style that suits the climate in Eau Claire.

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 option for your front door, namely if you want additional security. Steel exterior doors are naturally tough, which guarantees considerable durability against severe weather. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t rely on much maintenance like painting.

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

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

Other Things to Contemplate When Replacing Your Exterior Door

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

You Generally Don’t Need a Storm Door

When starting your door replacement project, you could possibly be unsure of whether it’s useful to add a storm door, especially if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy argues this usually isn’t worth the additional cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This combo is typically only beneficial if you have an older door that’s in good condition but could benefit from added insulation.

Don’t Forget to Review 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 selection, as well as the weather in Eau Claire and your home’s specific design. This rating includes solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll have a chance to keep your home cool in the summer with lower numbers and warmer in the winter with higher numbers. Selecting the perfect combination can help with better stablizing indoor temperatures.

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

For the best performance and energy efficiency, try doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that hold this certification come with multiple panes of glass to minimize heat flow, resilient core materials for enhanced insulation and a precise seal to prevent energy loss.

These types of doors could lower your energy costs while making your home more comfortable. And lower energy requirements means better protection for the environment and natural resources. At Pella, we’ve been a proud partner with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer many doors 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 durable exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive helpful advice from our experts every step of the way, from your consultation to installation and beyond. We’re happy to make the process simple and even enjoyable. To learn more, get in touch with us at 715-836-9301 today!


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

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