Whether you are looking for a lux wooden door to create an elegant accent to your home or a fiberglass door to lock in heat and hopefully decrease your energy bills, entry doors are the best way to heighten your home’s curb appeal.

While doors from different entry door companies vary in price, according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual cost vs. value report, an entry door replacement can return almost 130 percent of the installed cost. Fortunately, a quality entry door and a beautiful one are not mutually exclusive concepts. A solid wood door with etched glass in custom designs seems a little pricey, but most entry door companies have modestly priced and sophisticated-looking doors that will withstand the elements.

Steel
Though steel doors are recognized for their insulation, security and light price tag, they are also notoriously the most short-lived choice for a door. They’re easy to install–you could even DIY–but once they’re dented, which is inevitable with heavy use, it’s hard to repair. Additionally, they don’t hold up well in heavy rains, humidity, or salty air, but they are, however, fireproof. They can mimic a wooden door with decorative panels (though not quite as well as a fiberglass door can), as well as providing your home with an energy efficient way to maximize heating and air conditioning.

Wood
Many find that the luxurious look–and weight–of a wooden door can’t be duplicated. It tends to be one of the most expensive options for a door, and it requires the most maintenance, like refinishing every two years or so to ensure that it doesn’t split or warp. However, it’s easier to repair a scratched wooden door than a fiberglass or steel one. Though some argue that a wooden door isn’t environmentally sound because it is sourced from trees, it is possible to ask your entry door company for a wooden door that has a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. The high price tag and demanding upkeep of a wooden door offers an enhanced welcome into your home with craftsmanship and elegance

Fiberglass
Available in looks and stains comparable to real wood doors, a fiberglass door tends to be the happy medium in all respects. It’s cost-effective (though not as inexpensive as a steel door), and looks like wood (though feels much lighter than solid wood), while creating a quality insulation made out of a durable material that’s difficult to penetrate. It also requires limited upkeep, if the weather is pretty moderate, and doesn’t need paint or stain touch-ups for years on end–they last about twice as long as a wood or a steel door.