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Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Windows and doors are an excellent way to add character to your home. But the wrong ones or old ones might 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 replacing your home’s exterior doors in Kingston, you’ll want to select the most energy-efficient option on the market. At Pella of Kingston, our front entry doors are constructed with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the chance 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 deciding on 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 mild and repels moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are frequently one of the top picks for energy-efficient doors.

As an added bonus, fiberglass:

  • Has miminal expansion and contraction, making them ideal if you are located somewhere particularly hot or cold.
  • Doesn’t need a lot of extra care, such as painting.
  • Naturally minimizes dents and scuffs.

At Pella of Kingston, you’ll have full access to a large variety of choices that complement your home’s unique style, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is a simple way to add more natural light into your home, you might want to know if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find a style that fits with the weather in Kingston.

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 won’t insulate as well as fiberglass, it’s still a good choice for your front door, particularly if you want extra security. Steel exterior doors are very tough, which guarantees long-lasting durability against wind and rain damage. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t require much maintenance like painting.

At Pella of Kingston, our steel doors come in three fashionable traditional and contemporary styles, two-panel square, six panels and flush. You’ll be free to pick from a clear white or a primed finish, so your door can be whichever color you’d like.

We partner with Baldwin, a quality 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 selected the material you want, there are a couple other things you want to think about when purchasing new entry doors.

You Usually Don’t Need a Storm Door

When doing your door replacement project, you may be thinking whether it’s worth adding a storm door, namely if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy argues this usually isn’t worth the added cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This option is typically only useful if you have an older door that’s in solid condition but could benefit from extra insulation.

Don’t Forget to Review 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 Kingston and your home’s unique design. This rating considers solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll have the opportunity to keep your home cool in the summer with lower numbers and warm in the winter with higher numbers. Picking the ideal combination will help with better adjusting indoor temperatures.

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

For peak performance and energy efficiency, try doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that hold this certification use multiple panes of glass to reduce heat flow, stronger core materials for extra insulation and a tight seal to decrease energy loss.

These types of doors could reduce 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 in every state.

There’s a reason why Pella is the most popular entry door brand by homeowners.* Our durable exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive useful advice from our pros throughout the process, from your consultation to installation and everything in between. We’re available to make the process simple and even enjoyable. To learn more, reach out to us at 845-663-1025 today!


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

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