Exterior Steel Doors Offer Durability and Modern Craftsman Style


Steel doors are a great option for exterior doors. They offer durability, safety and style. Exterior steel doors are dependable as well as aesthetically pleasing. Here are some tips on choosing a steel Modern Craftsman door.

Simple and strong

Modern Craftsman maintains the charm of Craftsman, a quintessential 20th century American expression of the Arts & Crafts movement, while modernizing interior layouts. The exterior of a Modern Craftsman home may include thick square or round columns, stone porch supports, low-pitched roofs, wide eaves and triangular brackets. With these detailed exterior features, a steel door is a great choice, as it is simple and strong.

To accentuate these Modern Craftsman attributes, a simple steel entry door works well. Steel doors are available in one-, two- or three-panels. Lines are clean so as not to distract from the rest of the exterior.

Modern Craftsman palettes and features

If your style leans toward color for your Modern Craftsman entry door, consider carefully how it will impact the rest of your exterior. If you have rock or brick, which are hallmarks of Modern Craftsman exteriors, then the door should balance those natural colors. A medium, earthy green is a great look for stone, brick or siding.

Keeping the door simple will provide a Modern Craftsman look; however, if you are seeking one detail, consider the sticking profile. The sticking profile is how the moulding “sticks” to the panel. It can have various designs. Exterior Steel doors with a Craftsman sticking profile will of course be the best choice for a Modern Craftsman style.

Exterior Steel door features and benefits

The best steel doors are made to last. They include wood stiles and rails with mitered top corners. Why does this matter? It helps prevent water absorption. A neutral, low-sheen, baked-on enamel primer for easier finishing coats exterior steel door facings. This helps reduce any fading. Epoxy primer coats the back of steel doors to resist corrosion. An energy efficient core is an additional feature of steel doors. A steel bottom rail is added for strength.

The exterior of steel doors should be protected by two coats of primer and galvanizing. This prevents rusting from the inside out. This protection removes the threat of rust. Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) for the door’s stiles and top rail add additional protection. LVL is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives. LVL has advantages when compared to milled lumber. It is stronger, straighter and more uniform. It protects against water damage, leaving the door less likely to warp, twist, bow or shrink.

Fire-rated steel doors are built to meet or exceed fire rating building codes for residential and light commercial use. Steel also provides additional security. Install an optional steel edge for added peace of mind. Steel doors are also low maintenance.

Steel doors are a great fit for the Modern Craftsman home. In addition to aligning with the aesthetics of a Modern Craftsman exterior, they are secure, durable and virtually maintenance free.

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