Considerations When Selecting Exterior Doors

Considerations When Selecting Exterior Doors

The exterior doors not only protect your home from intruders but also protect you from harsh weather conditions. As a homeowner, if your home is in an area that experiences extreme winter conditions, you may need to pay more attention to the doors you install on the exterior of your home. Take time to evaluate the door that will offer the best protection from extreme winter conditions.

So many doors are available in the market, and deciding on the best door may be overwhelming to some homeowners. If you need clarification about how to go about the process, you should understand there is no harm in consulting an expert. Below are some factors you should consider when getting an exterior door for your home.

  • Energy Efficiency And Insulation

If you live in an area that experiences extreme winter conditions, most of the time, you may have to use a heating system to keep a comfortable indoor temperature. It will not be an excellent thing to incur high energy bills just because you installed non-energy-efficient exterior doors in Toronto.

It would be best to be confident that installing new or replacement doors offers energy efficiency. Many features may help you identify energy-efficient doors from the rest. 

One of the most common and apparent features of energy-efficient doors is that they are energy star labeled. This is a simple sticker on the door that acts as proof that the door was tested and qualified as energy efficient.

Thermal insulation features are also another easy way of maximizing the energy efficiency of your doors. The R-value determines the level of insulation the door can offer, and the higher the R-value, the more energy efficient the door is and vice versa.

If you feel you need more confidence about identifying energy-efficient doors for your home, consider getting assistance to save your day and guarantee to enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency.

  • Weatherstripping

This is how well-sealed the doors are. If the door is not well sealed, air will be exchanged between the inside and outside of your home. 

Thermal transfer is unsuitable for your home, especially if you are trying to cope with harsh winter conditions. This is because it means that you will lose the warm air outside and deal with the frustration of cold, uncomfortable air inside your house most of the time.

Ensure that the exterior doors are well weather-stripped to avoid any thermal transfer. This way, you will be able to enjoy comfortable, warm air during the winter season and, at the same time, save on energy bills.

  • Moisture Repellant

It is more annoying than dealing with unwanted moisture during the winter season. Most manufacturers do not guarantee to offer doors that are moisture-repellant. Wood is especially the worst option for moisture repellant; therefore, it is not the most suitable door material if your home is in a cold area. 

 Consider materials like fiberglass and steel but remember proper door installation is essential when dealing with moisture resistance.

  • Weatherproofing

This is one of the most important considerations for your door if you live in a cold area. These strips are put on the edges of the door to seal any small gaps that are unavoidable during installation. 

Weatherproofing helps to keep the cold air outside and, at the same time, prevents the warm air inside from escaping.

  • Glazing

If you prefer an exterior door that has windows, it is best to consider window glazing. There are better options than single-paned windows since they can quickly lose heat and gain cold. 

Double or triple-paned windows, in this case, are the ideal choices for this option since they have argon gas that offers insulation.

In this case, it is best to consider other factors like your budget since triple-paned windows may be more expensive than double-paned ones, but the purpose should be on the front line.

  • Adjustable Threshold

The paramount importance of this feature is that it helps provide a seal that prevents warm air from leaking to the outside. It is mainly used on uneven door bottoms to prevent any air transfer. It also has the extra benefit of keeping pests and rodents away.

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