The Anatomy Of An Energy Efficient Door
Energy efficiency is a key concern for many homeowners in 2019.
The eco-friendly movement is as large as ever and is only going to continue to grow. Coupled with rising electricity prices and material improvements, looking for more energy efficient fixtures is a must for the majority of consumers. One of the main areas of concern for energy loss is windows and home doors in Toronto.
But what makes a good energy efficient door?
We’ve put together a list of the key features of an energy efficient door. Read on to find out exactly what you should be asking about when shopping for your next replacement door.
Fibreglass or steel frame
Not all frame materials are equal, and in terms of energy efficiency, fibreglass and steel is where it is at.
While wood has a very pleasing look, and many older homes have charming solid wood doors, they are actually not the best at keeping temperatures comfortable inside the home. Solid wood is prone to warping, cracking, or drying out over time. They are also exceptionally heavy, and can begin to allow drafts through as they naturally change shape over the course of their lives.
Modern doors prefer fibreglass and steel construction. Fibreglass is a relatively new material that offers a range of benefits over wood. It is extremely strong, relatively cheap to produce, highly durable, and requires very little maintenance. This allows doors to be light but very secure, and they can be made to any size or shape. Steel is also popular for home doors in Toronto. Because it is so strong, it can be used to create hollow doors that can be filled with insulation foam, offering strength, durability, and energy efficiency in spades.
Another important thing to look for when choosing your new home door in Toronto is effective weather stripping.
Weather stripping is the process of adding a special strip to the outside of a door that keeps the seal between the door and the frame tight. This is important for keeping not only rain and creepy crawlies outside, but also in maintaining the temperature within your home. If there is an effective seal on your door, your climate control system does not have to work as hard to keep the internal temperature comfortable in summer or winter. This saves you energy as your system does not have to fight to keep the temperature constant, leading to savings on your hydro bill over time.
Weather stripping is most often made from rubber, special plastics, or a hybrid of the two. Look for effective weather stripping on your replacement home door in Toronto if you want to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
Low-e glass inserts
Looking at whether the glass inserts in your door are low-e glass is another way to help you save energy.
A common feature in energy efficient windows, low-e glass is a modern technology that improves the insulating properties of windows in the home. A special coating is applied to the glass that helps to reflect infrared and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Infrared radiation is the main source of heat conduction from sunlight, and by preventing it from coming into your home, you can maintain cooler temperatures during summer. It also prevents infrared radiation from leaving your home, which keeps it warm during winter. UV light is the main cause of sun bleaching, which materials like wood, carpet, and plastics are particularly susceptible to. Filtering this out with low-e glass helps protect your furnishing from sun damage and helps maintain temperature balance as well.
Hollow core doors made from fibreglass or steel should have insulating foam inside them to increase energy efficiency.
The material advantages of fibreglass and steel allow them to formed into hollow core doors, as opposed to solid wood doors. This allows them to be much lighter and easier to open without sacrificing security and strength. This leaves a large hollow space within the door that can be filled with other materials to enhance their energy efficiency. One of the best filling materials is insulating foam. Similar to the foam that is used in home construction to insulate walls and attics, this is a specialised kind of foam that does not transmit heat very well, allowing to to insulate the interior home from the exterior elements.
Any energy efficient door worth its salt will have some form of insulating foam on the interior of the door. As it is a foam, it should not add that much in terms of weight to the door, but will significantly improve its insulating properties and energy efficiency.
If you are looking for energy efficient home doors in Toronto, look no further than Burano Doors. We have been custom building doors for our valued customers for years in our local Ontario manufacturing facility. We specialise in highly efficient door designs that can be customised to suit any style or shape. We make and install our own doors, so we can guarantee the highest level of quality throughout the entire process. Contact us today and start saving on your energy bills now!