looking for an alternative to wood doors.

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jnetpa

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Hi guys,
I am looking for an entry door for my new house. I am pretty much new to this area, but I had the privilege to experience the harsh weather in Edmonton. In fact, it is - 14-degree Celsius, in my weather app as I am writing this post. I was looking for a door installation company that could provide durable doors that will withstand this harsh climate. I am looking for a hardwood door. But I am not sure, will it sustain in this climate. Most of my friends have MDF doors, and none have hardwood doors. I was wondering, if installing a hardwood door is a bad Idea, especially, when my highest priority is durability. I am especially concerned about the rain and snow as these are the main elements that could destroy the door. I do not know if waxing of doors could do the trick. But I have seen people waxing wooden panels to increase the durability of the same. But then, I have not seen such options given by any door company in Edmonton. I could import waxed doors from my place if it works, but the only problem is, I do not know, how good it will do, to ensure durability. If somebody could guide me on this, that would be great. Thanks
 
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mabloodhound

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Personally, I would be using a fiberglass/composite or steel door. Wood just doesn't like exposure to the elements.
 

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I'd go with fiberglass. Not prone to denting like a steel door and the faux wood grain makes them easier to paint.
 

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We went with fiberglass. Pretty hard to tell the difference from fiberglass vs a real solid wood door, unless you're really looking close. We've had people give us a "yea right" look when we tell them it's fiberglass. We bought ours pre-finished, (Golden Oak) & it matched the golden oak out of the can pretty close.foyer window 4.jpg foyer entrance 2sm.jpg
 

Steve123

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If your primary concern is durability, put a storm door in front of it. Its an extra layer of protection --- makes that hole in your wall more air-tight and water-tight.
 

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