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Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Best Exterior Doors for Insulation

Windows and doors are a great 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 leaky or inefficient ones can let out up to 30% 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 Danville, you’ll want to pick the most energy-efficient option on the market. At Pella of Danville, our front entry doors are fabricated with energy efficiency and long-term performance in mind. And you’ll have the opportunity to customize them for your home, with just the right hardware, color and glass features for your style.

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 sought-after. It doesn’t conduct heat very well, keeps temperatures stable and repels moisture. The same can be said about fiberglass exterior doors, which are considered one of the top options for energy-efficient doors.

As an extra bonus, fiberglass:

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

At Pella of Danville, you’ll have total access to a wide range of models that complement your home’s unique design, including solid and glass fiberglass doors.

While a glass pane is an easy way to add more natural light into your home, you might be concerned if it will make the door less insulating. With energy-efficient glass to choose from, you’re certain to find a style that works with the temperatures in Danville.

Our glass selections range from 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 doesn’t insulate as well as fiberglass, it’s still a great material for your front door, namely if you want additional security. Steel exterior doors are naturally tough, which offers considerable durability against the elements. Like fiberglass, steel doesn’t rely on much maintenance like painting.

At Pella of Danville, our steel doors are available 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 whatever color you’d like.

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

Other Things to Think About When Installing Your Exterior Door

Now that you’ve chosen the material you want, there are a small number of other things you should consider when purchasing new entry doors.

You Typically Don’t Need a Storm Door

When starting your door replacement project, you could possibly be unsure of whether it’s beneficial to add a storm door, namely if you previously had one. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests this usually isn’t worth the additional cost and won’t save you that much more energy. This combination is typically only worth it if you have an older door that’s in solid condition but could benefit from added insulation.

Don’t Forget to Check Energy Performance Ratings

Every entry door has an energy-efficiency rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council. It’s wise to keep this in mind when making your selection, as well as the weather in Danville and your home’s specific design. This rating covers solar heat gain and U-factor.

For solar gain ratings, you’ll have a chance to keep your home cool in the summer with lower numbers and warmer in the winter with higher numbers. Selecting the perfect combination can help with better adjusting indoor temperatures.

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

For the best performance and energy efficiency, look for doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified. Doors that hold this certification come with multiple panes of glass to cut down on heat flow, superior core materials for added insulation and a precise seal to decrease energy loss.

These types of doors can reduce your energy bills while making your home more comfortable. And lower energy use means better protection for the environment and natural resources. At Pella, we’ve been a proud partner with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer many models 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 exceptional exterior doors can be customized and you’ll receive useful advice from our staff from start to finish, from your consultation to installation and beyond. We’re ready to make the process straightforward and even enjoyable. To learn more, give us a call at 217-443-3355 today!


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

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