Here are some questions we are often asked about Entrance Doors. If you don’t find an answer to your question please contact us!

How do I choose a material for a front door?

It depends on what you want in a front door. If you want something that has the look and feel of a wood door, but lasts much longer, then you might like a fibreglass door.

If you want something with great strength and durability, and a large variety of design options, then a steel door might be for you. Steel is also more affordable than fibreglass.

How do I choose a material for my front door frame?

Wood frames provide more versatility from a design perspective. You can customize the look and feel with the cut and paint or stain you use. Solid wood also provides good insulation.

Vinyl frames are maintenance-free and are a more affordable option than wood.

How much do entrance doors cost?

This depends on many factors. Please contact us or request a quote and we’ll be happy to discuss your entrance door needs with you.

What is the standard entrance door size?

Standard entrance door widths are 30, 32 or 36 inches. The standard height is 80 inches and the standard thickness is 1 ¾ inches. But whatever the size of your doorway is, please contact us or request a quote and we’ll discuss your options.

Are exterior front doors insulated?

Steel and fibreglass doors often do have extra insulation, but wood doors do not. Our fibreglass and steel doors have a polyurethane foam core that provides about 6 times better insulation than a solid wood door, with an R insulation value of 12.

Do steel and fibreglass entrance doors need to be painted?

Painting an entrance door, whether it’s steel, fibreglass, or wood is a very good idea to add protection and aesthetic appeal. The front door is the first thing most visitors see, so you want to make sure it looks fresh.

Pollard Polardor steel slab doors come pre-primed and ready for a coat of paint. To re-paint a steel door, you’ll need to sand it, use primer and then paint it. Here are step-by-step instructions  on how to paint a steel entrance door.

Fibreglass slabs can be stained or painted. They are more forgiving to paint for the DIY-er because the doors come with the option of a wood grain texture. The texture hides the paint brush strokes. Here is an overview of how to paint a fibreglass door.

For either steel or fibreglass, spray paint provides the best finish but can be tricky for the DIY-er. Most opt to use a brush and roller. A factory finish is recommended if smooth is your preference.

Why is my front door drafty at the door jamb? How do I fix it?

Even when entrance doors are installed well, they don’t make an air-tight seal around the edges of the door. To prevent drafts around the sides and top of the door, weatherstripping is installed. If your weatherstripping is old, you may need to replace it.

There are different types of weatherstripping material, including plastic or felt, but the process is the same. You simply adhere a spongy strip of insulating material around the top and sides of the door to minimize air leaks.

Visit a Pollard dealer or display centre for weatherstripping material for your Pollard door system.

Why is my front door drafty along the bottom? How do I fix it?

A draft at the bottom of a door is very common. The best way to deal with it is by installing a door sweep. A door sweep is a flat piece of material, usually metal or plastic, with a flexible nylon or plastic strip attached to it. You screw it in on the interior side of the bottom of the door so that it creates a seal when the door is closed.

 

Other Questions or Concerns?

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