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Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Windows and doors are a striking way to add character to your home. But the wrong ones or old ones could cost you in terms of energy efficiency. That’s because ill-fitting or inefficient ones can leak up to a third of your home’s heating or air conditioning, according to the Department of Energy.

When you’re upgrading your home’s exterior doors in Vancouver, you’ll want to select the most energy-efficient option out there. At Pella of Vancouver, 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 preferred designs.

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 popular. It doesn’t conduct heat very well, keeps temperatures mild and withstands moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are typically one of the top choices for energy-efficient doors.

As an added bonus, fiberglass:

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

At Pella of Vancouver, you’ll have total access to a large variety of options that complement your home’s unique aesthetic, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is a straightforward way to introduce more natural light into your home, you might wonder if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass as an option, you’re sure to find a style that suits the temperatures in Vancouver.

Our glass selections range from 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 great material for your front door, particularly if you want additional security. Steel exterior doors are consistently tough, which promises long-lasting durability against severe weather. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t rely on much maintenance like painting.

At Pella of Vancouver, our steel doors are offered in three attractive traditional and contemporary styles, two-panel square, six panels and flush. You’ll be able to pick from a clear white or a primed finish, so your door can be whichever color you’d want.

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

Other Things to Contemplate When Installing Your Exterior Door

Now that you’ve narrowed down the material you want, there are a couple other things you want 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 thinking whether it’s useful to add a storm door, particularly if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests this typically isn’t worth the higher cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This combination is typically only recommended if you have an older door that’s in solid condition but needs added insulation.

Don’t Forget to Assess 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 decision, as well as the weather in Vancouver and your home’s unique design. This rating covers solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll have the opportunity to keep your home more comfortable in the summer with lower numbers and cozy in the winter with higher numbers. Selecting the right combination should help with better balancing indoor temperatures.

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

For the best performance and energy efficiency, consider doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that hold this certification come with multiple panes of glass to reduce heat flow, stronger core materials for extra insulation and a secure seal to prevent energy loss.

These types of doors sometimes slash your energy expenses while making your home more comfortable. And reduced energy needs 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 products that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification standards across the country.

There’s a reason why Pella is the most popular entry door brand by homeowners.* Our quality 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 here to make the process easier and even enjoyable. To learn more, give us a call at 250-475-1277 today!


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

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