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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 may cost you in terms of energy efficiency. That’s because loose or inefficient ones can leak up to 30% of your home’s heating or air conditioning, according to the Department of Energy.

When you’re upgrading your home’s exterior doors in Owensboro, you’ll want to select the most energy-efficient option possible. At Pella of Owensboro, our front entry doors are constructed with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the option 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 repels 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 miminal expansion and contraction, making them better-suited if you reside somewhere particularly hot or cold.
  • Doesn’t depend on a lot of extra care, such as painting.
  • Naturally minimizes dents and scrapes.

At Pella of Owensboro, you’ll have total access to a large number of choices that fit your home’s unique aesthetic, 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 to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find a style that works with the temperatures in Owensboro.

Our glass selections consist of full light to one-quarter light, with optional glazed glass for added 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 doesn’t insulate as well as fiberglass, it’s still a great material for your front door, namely if you want additional security. Steel exterior doors are very tough, which promises substantial durability against severe weather. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t depend on much maintenance like painting.

At Pella of Owensboro, our steel doors are available in three fashionable traditional and contemporary styles, two-panel square, six panels and flush. You’ll be free to choose from a crisp white or a primed finish, so your door can be whichever color you’d want.

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

Other Things to Contemplate When Upgrading Your Exterior Door

Now that you’ve chosen the material you want, there are a few other things you should consider when purchasing new entry doors.

You Usually Don’t Need a Storm Door

When starting your door replacement project, you may be thinking whether it’s worth adding a storm door, particularly if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy states this usually isn’t worth the added 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 solid condition but needs extra insulation.

Don’t Forget to Check 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 Owensboro 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 warm in the winter with higher numbers. Picking the ideal combination can help with better balancing indoor temperatures.

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

For ideal performance and energy efficiency, try doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that possess this certification come with multiple panes of glass to reduce heat flow, resilient core materials for added insulation and a firm seal to decrease energy loss.

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

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 useful advice from our experts from beginning to end, from your consultation to installation and beyond. We’re available to make the process easier and even enjoyable. To learn more, give us a call at 270-684-3028 today!


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

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