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Question DetailsAsked on 8/16/2017

what are the pros and cons of frame material for pre-hung exterior steel door, primed wood, composite and aluminum?

I have a choice to make on the material for the frames and brick mold for steel exterior pre-hung doors. One door is facing north under an over hang and the other door is facing south with no overhang. The choice is either pre painted wood, finished composite or white/ sand stone aluminum clad.

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For low maintenance I would say metal clad on a metal door, unless in a very cold (commonly below say 10-15 degrees) locale where energy loss and door frosting freezing it shut would make me go with wood.

I personally do not like composites - just poor performance in my experience.

Wood of course needs more frequent maintenance - though I have an exposed metal wood-framed exterior door with wood brickmold which only needs painting every 10 years or so - takes me maybe an hour that often, using (after initial primer and 2 coats) one coat of Pratt & Lambert (Weatherbeater) Ultra Life Exterior Latex Trim Paint (my favorite exterior door and trim paint). You say pre-painted wood - bear in mind if they mean your choice of color or only one factory color available - might cost more to have them paint it to match door in that case, so be sure what you are getting - especially on the brickmold which might wellnot be coming from the factory - may be a local purchase item.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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