What are the Advantages of Metal Exterior Doors?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Metal exterior doors are not just for factories and high-security buildings any longer. Today, it is not unusual for these doors to be used at motels, apartment buildings, and even private residences. There are several reasons why a door of this type may be beneficial in all these settings. Here are a few examples.

Many motel rooms have metal exterior doors.
Many motel rooms have metal exterior doors.

First, there is the measure of security. Exterior doors made with high-quality metal cannot be splintered or broken down with the ease of traditional wooden doors. Metal doors make it harder for burglars to gain access to the premise, and thus help to make a home or apartment a safer haven for anyone living in the domicile.

Along with security, there is also the matter of durability. Metal exterior doors hold up well in all sorts of weather and will easily outlast many wooden doors on the market today. When treated with a sealant, the typical steel door can withstand humidity, extremes of heat and cold, and also hold up under a constant barrage of rain, sleet or snow. The sealant can also help minimize nicks and indentations that some of these same weather conditions can create for wooden exterior doors.

The metal exterior doors of today can be just as ornate as any other type of door. It is possible to have the facing for the door crafted to resemble the pattern of the interior doors, thus keeping the design of the home in balance. The facing can also be treated to resemble any type of natural wood, or painted any color desired by the homeowner. In short, steel doors used for residences do not have to look like the steel doors found in manufacturing plants. The doors can be created with any look found with more traditional wooden doors.

This combination of durability, style, and security is especially attractive in areas where crime rates are rising and the well-being of loved ones is of paramount importance. Far from being just a security door, metal exterior doors can be practical and attractive as well. While they do tend to cost a little more than more traditional doors, they easily pay for themselves in terms of low maintenance and the peace of mind they bring to the household.

Purchasing metal exterior doors is easier than ever before. Most home supply stores will have several designs in stock. Some hardware stores also carry a few basic designs in standard sizes. If a custom door is desired, there are several manufacturers that will create doors with dimensions and design elements that are specific to the needs and wishes of the client.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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