Best Value Window And Door Company

2128 E. Holt Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207                               414-483-1716

Steel Entry Doors: The Good Versus the Not-So-Good (by Brooks)

1. A STEEL DOOR SHOULD BE AT LEAST 24 GAUGE STEEL THICKNESS. MANY INFERIOR DOORS HAVE A MUCH THINNER SKIN THAT DENTS VERY EASILY.

2. THE EXTERIOR SKIN / PAINT SHOULD BE CORROSION RESISTANT TO DEAL WITH WI WEATHER AND ESPECIALLY SALT USED IN WINTER.

3. DOOR SHOULD HAVE POLY UREATHANE INSULATION WHICH CHEMICALLY BONDS TO THE INTERIOR STEEL SKIN. THIS NOT ONLY GIVES GREAT INSULATING POWER BUT GREATLY INCREASES THE COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH OF THE DOOR.

4. THE 2 STEEL SKINS THAT COMPRISE THE SLAB MUST FOLDED INTO EACH OTHER MANY TIMES TO FORM A SUPER STRONG INTERLOCK SO THE DOOR SLAB DOESN?T SEPARATE OVER TIME.

5. THE LOCK AND DEADBOLT AREA AND THE HINGE AREAS MUST BE STRONGLY REINFORCED AS THERE ARE A LOT OF STRESSES ON THESE AREAS.

6. A GOOD STEEL DOOR WILL HAVE A THERMAL BREAKER IN IT. AN INSULATED DOOR IS OF LITTLE USE IF THE COLD CAN TRAVEL FROM THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR AROUND TO THE INSIDE.

7. A GOOD STEEL DOOR INCORPORATES REFRIDGERATION TECHNOLOGY TO SEAL OUT COLD AND DRAFTS.

8. WEATHERSTRIPPING SHOULD BE HIGH GRADE MATERIALS AND PROPERLY ATTATCHED FOR LONG TERM HEAVY DUTY USE.

9. PROPER INSTALLATION WITH ACCOMPANING WOODWORK IF NEEDED.

10. A DECENT LOCK & DEADBOLT.