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When To Consider Using Steel Doors?

In this article we explore when you should consider using steel doors. Steel doors are sometimes referred to as hollow metal doors.

When Durability Is Needed

The term “steel” just sounds much stronger and durable than say “fiber glass” or “wood.” That is why most commercial building owners opt for steel hollow metal doors. The most obvious use case for steel doors is durability. Wood doors can dent, chip, and even split or warp over time. The color of wood doors can also fade over time due to sunlight. Temperature is a big factor for wood doors since they will contract during the cold winter and expand during the warm summer, this can often result in warping of the wood, depending on the quality of door. Fiberglass doors are no better, as they also contract during the winter and expand during the summer, causing them to fade in color and crack, depending on the quality of door. Steel doors on the other hand, may expand and contract throughout the year, but the properties of steel make it the most durable material throughout the year. Cracks do not occur in the steel, however depending on the type of primer used on the exterior of the door, cracking could occur at surface level with the primer. This is a simple fix, by simply re-primering the door, since no structural cracking occurs.

Security

Steel doors are by far the most secure door compared to wood or fiber glass. Steel doors do not break easily. If a blunt object hits a steel door it will dent it, however the door will still be functional and holes through the door are very difficult to do. For this reason steel doors are very durable, they can take a lot of abuse without losing functionality or security. Accessories like kick plates, corner guards, and hinge guards can be added to the steel door to increase it’s durability in areas of the door that are most proned to damage or abuse.



Low Cost or Budget Pricing

Steel doors are much less expensive than solid core wood doors or fiber glass doors. If price is your leading factor, then steel doors should be considered. Steel doors are the best price for durability and security.

Fire Label

If a fire door is needed, then a steel door can meet that specification. Steel doors are offered in a variety of fire labels ranging from 20 minutes up to 3 hours.

Exterior Doors

If the door application is an exterior door application, exposed to rain and weather, than a steel door should be considered. Most steel doors are primered gray and are weather resistant. Higher quality steel doors like Patriot hollow metal doors are galvannealed preventing the possibility of rusting in areas close to bodies of water. If the door is to be installed on an outside wall, steel doors can be installed on any type of wall material from wood stud, metal stud, brick, concrete, block wall, CMU, and more.

Conclusion

Steel doors have many applications where they should be considered for use. If you are in need of a steel door we recommend Patriot hollow metal doors. Patriot hollow metal doors are manufactured in the USA and are available in custom sizes to fit any rough opening requirement. Shop today and receive free freight.



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