Skip to Content
Blog
Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Windows and doors are a striking way to add character to your home. But the wrong ones or old ones can cost you in terms of energy efficiency. That’s because ill-fitting or inefficient ones can lose up to thirty percent of your home’s heating or air conditioning, according to the Department of Energy.

When you’re swapping out your home’s exterior doors in Plattsburgh, you’ll want to settle on the most energy-efficient option on the market. At Pella of Plattsburgh, our front entry doors are constructed with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the option 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 selecting an insulation type for your home, there’s a reason why fiberglass is the most sought-after. It doesn’t conduct heat very well, keeps temperatures stable and resists moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are frequently one of the top picks for energy-efficient doors.

As an extra bonus, fiberglass:

  • Has miminal expansion and contraction, making them ideal if you are living somewhere particularly hot or cold.
  • Doesn’t depend on a lot of extra care, such as painting.
  • Naturally reduces dents and scratches.

At Pella of Plattsburgh, you’ll have total access to a broad variety of models that adhere to your home’s unique aesthetic, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is a good way to add more natural light into your home, you might wonder if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass as an option, you’re guaranteed to find a style that works with the temperatures in Plattsburgh.

Our glass selections include full light to one-quarter light, with optional glazed glass for extra 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 material for your front door, namely if you want added security. Steel exterior doors are very tough, which ensures ample durability against the elements. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t rely on much maintenance like painting.

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

We partner with Baldwin, a superior hardware brand, so you’ll have extra security features for your steel door and extra peace of mind.

Other Things to Contemplate When Replacing Your Exterior Door

Now that you’ve picked out the material you want, there are a few other things you want to consider when purchasing new entry doors.

You Typically Don’t Need a Storm Door

When starting your door replacement project, you might be uncertain about whether it’s beneficial to add a storm door, particularly if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy says this normally isn’t worth the additional cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This combo is typically only recommended if you have an older door that’s in solid condition but needs added insulation.

Don’t Forget to Examine 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 choice, as well as the weather in Plattsburgh and your home’s particular design. This rating includes solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll easily keep your home cool in the summer with lower numbers and warmer in the winter with higher numbers. Choosing the perfect combination can help with better stablizing indoor temperatures.

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

For the best performance and energy efficiency, consider doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that possess this certification use multiple panes of glass to minimize heat flow, resilient core materials for improved insulation and a secure seal to decrease energy loss.

These types of doors sometimes decrease your energy bills while making your home more comfortable. And lower energy needs means added protection for the environment and natural resources. At Pella, we’ve continued to be a proud partner with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer many products that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification standards across the country.

There’s a reason why Pella is the most popular entry door brand by homeowners.* Our outstanding exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive helpful advice from our experts from start to finish, from your consultation to installation and everything in between. We’re available to make the process easier and even enjoyable. To learn more, reach out to us at 518-310-2118 today!


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

Back to Blog