What is the Best Material for a Front Door?

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Your front door is important for weather-proofing your home and makes a visual impact when you have visitors. Here, we’ll discuss the best front door material for your home.

Fiberglass is the door material we recommend for Minnesota homes because it is non-conductive, durable, and has flexible design options. With a fiberglass door, you can increase your ROI and curb appeal while creating a custom door that suits your personal style.

Choosing the right material for your door is important, but having it professionally installed is just as essential. A professional door replacement will ensure that you get the best value for money possible.

Fiberglass is the Best Front Door Material

Fiberglass is a high-performance, low-maintenance material ideal for a front door.

Many people living in Minnesota like the look of a wooden door but can’t be bothered with the maintenance. Fiberglass comes with a wood grain finish, and you can even include molds, patterns, and stains. Because it is paintable, you can customize your door with ease.

Fiberglass doors also offer fantastic insulation, and you can even add extra insulation between the fiberglass slabs. Because they don’t conduct cold or heat, your door won’t expand and contract. This means that you won’t have cracking or peeling paint over time.

Because a fiberglass door isn’t prone to moisture damage, it won’t warp or lose its shape. Instead, a fiberglass door stays true to its original shape, creating a tight seal against the weatherstripping. If you add aluminum cladding to the outside of your fiberglass door, you increase its ability to withstand harsh weather.

You can also use a multi-point lock system with a fiberglass door. This lock engages at three different points from the inside of the door with one central locking mechanism. This type of lock improves the efficiency of your door over time because it ensures your door is properly seated against the weatherstripping. Fiberglass doors are also an affordable option and offer great value for money.

Other Front Door Options

There are other door material options. You need to consider your budget, maintenance needs, and panel style before deciding on the best material for your home.

  • Steel, like fiberglass, needs less maintenance and is resistant to scratches. Steel is naturally strong and works well for modern and contemporary homes. It has a smooth surface and offers lots of privacy.
  • Wood needs constant maintenance, but you can use aluminum cladding on a wood door to increase its lifespan. Wood is naturally energy-efficient, and it does give a classic aesthetic. Many people opt for glass panels and historic detailing on their wood doors.

As you can see, steel and wood are options for your exterior door. Still, fiberglass offers you the same benefits as steel and wood without the maintenance issues and costs.

Working with Craftsman’s Choice

We offer a professional installation service and guide our customers through the process from beginning to end.

  • When you first get in touch to discuss a door replacement, we will have a free consultation to learn more about your needs and project goals.
  • We will measure your door and chat with you about material options. There are so many to choose from, and we can make recommendations based on your needs.
  • We can even work a door replacement into a more extensive exterior remodel to ensure overall design coherence.

Installing your new door shouldn’t take more than a day. But we will communicate with you throughout the process so you know exactly what to expect.

Need a Door Replacement? Contact Us for a Free Estimate

There are so many decisions to make when picking out a new door that it can feel overwhelming. We are here to help you find the best door design for your home, style, and budget.

When you choose a fiberglass door, you have the option of customizing your door, enabling you to create something you love. So, if you are in the market for a new front door, contact us for a free estimate.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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