Canadian Exterior Steel Doors
Insulated steel doors can blend into just almost any architectural style. They can accommodate any number of decorative windows.
Steel doors are made of pressure-injected polyurethane foam sandwiched between two sheets of heavy-gauge, galvanized steel. The foam provides strength, bonds to the steel and, in terms of insulation, standard 1 3/4 in. The doors can be embossed for texture and are often finished with a vinyl or baked polyester coating. Large glassed-in areas are very popular despite their poor energy efficiency. On the positive side, they do stop outside air from penetrating indoors.
Steel doors are delivered in F/J Pine or solid PVC or composite maintenance free frames, which should be as deep as possible, consistent with the thickness of the wall into which the door must fit. Standard frames for retail market are 4 9/16 " 6 5/8", we supply 7 1/8" deep. Bear in mind that we can make frames to suit every need.
Steel doors allow the use of basic magnetic or advanced foam weather stripping, while the bottom of the door typically has rubber weather sweep and regular or low-profile adjustable threshold. On the maintenance side, they can be repainted, although it’s hard to bring them back to the quality level of a factory-installed baked enamel or vinyl finish. If you plan to do it yourself, make sure to determine the kind of material that was used for the final coat, so that you can use the same.
One thing shared by all door types is their potential to be used as decorative elements that can be arranged to harmonize with the architecture, colors and materials employed on the rest of the house. Since they’re usually manufactured according to professional measurements and specifications, provided by our professional installers. We can create custom door system. Just ask us to take care about your doors.
Etched, painted, stained reminiscent of church windows or wrought iron glass inserts is probably the most exciting and decorative feature that can be added to certain models. It provides the touch of elegance that makes a door unique and inviting. Consider adding sidelites and a transom to frame the door itself. The glass, also called a lite, in steel doors, in fact in all doors, does decrease the door’s energy efficiency, but you can opt for sealed, double or triple glass pane configurations that ease the problem. The edges are double-sealed and the glass can be covered with an invisible Low-E coating that decreases heat flow.
MAIN PROS & CONS OF STEEL DOOR
1. Low cost
2. Easy to install
3. Big choice of standard and custom sizes
1. Low energy efficiency if equipped with single-point lock, regular threshold and basic weather seal.
2. Weak door slab construction. 0.7 mm (24 gauges) steel skin with pine wood stiles may collapse after first attempt of forced entry.
3. Weak F/J Pine frame can't withstand strong impact. Stronger solid high-density PVC or Composite frames available upon request.
4. Low sound proofing
5. Dentable, not reparable 24 gauges steel skin
6. Limited choice of designs and finishes