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15
Sep
2017

How to Choose Durable Entry Doors


The front door to your home is the first thing your visitors will encounter. It sets the tone for the rest of your home, and it is one of the greatest assets in terms of curb appeal. All the more reason to invest in a quality door that offers durability and style for years to come. There are a number of different materials from which to choose which can make this choice even tougher. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each option will help make that decision easier.

 

Wood

Wood entry doors are associated with style and luxury. They are a beautiful touch of nature, and they make any home feel that much more welcoming to guests. They are warm to the touch and wood is a poor conductor which means that it offers fairly good insulation. Maintenance, however, is one downside of these doors. The elements will take their toll and, even if rain and snow does not strike the door directly, you can expect the sun to have an impact. These doors are not only known for having a higher price tag, but they also tend to peel, warp, and bubble if they are not regularly maintained.

 

Steel

Steel doors are favored for their strength and durability. These tough doors offer superior security, and they are also adored for their intricate style. Steel entry doors are not as vulnerable when it comes to the elements, and they are also a cheaper option than wood. Since manufacturers have invested in improved insulation, you can also rest assured that your steel front door will keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

These doors can dent if they are struck hard enough and, if they are scratched, it's important to touch up the area, or it could result in rust.

 

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors are fast becoming the top choice among homeowners. These doors offer a wide variety of styles and colors. There are even those that resemble wood which means that you get the beauty of wood at a more affordable price! Plus, you need not worry about a strict maintenance schedule when you choose fiberglass! These doors also hold up very well against damage and the elements. They will not rot or rust, and they can be painted or stained if you like. With these doors, you will enjoy great security, style, and comfort with minimal maintenance!

 

Remember, not all doors are made equal, and it's important to research your supplier. Find out where their doors are manufactured and read up about the company's history and reputation. Your front door is not something that should be replaced every few years. It is an investment that should last, and this is all the more reason to choose the best.

 

At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we stock a wide variety of stylish, quality entry doors. No matter your preferences or budget, we will have something perfect for you! Call us today at Winnipeg (204) 272-3725 / Toronto (905) 326-3444

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Sanjay Tamang
2 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a week ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
2 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
4 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
3 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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