Placer Exteriors can remove your old door and replace it with a great looking, energy efficient model of your choosing. Let's take a look at the various types of doors and explore the brands that offer great options for energy efficient front doors. Replacing your front door can help cut the cost of your energy bill.

Types of Front Doors

Front doors are typically classified by what material they are made from. There are three widely used options. They are fiberglass, steel, and wood. Fiberglass and steel front doors are the best options when it comes to choosing an energy efficient alternative. It is because they can be insulated, whereas solid wood cannot be. If you are looking for the best door that is energy efficient, using glass is not always the best option. While it may seem fabulous and be decorative and unique, you will be losing some of the energy-saving benefits of the new door. It is something to consider. Although many of the manufacturers have paired their doors with energy saving glass, it is wise to make sure both are energy efficient. The main thing to consider is an overall door U-Factor. The lower the number, the better. The U-Factor represents how well a material insulates.


Fiberglass doors are a perfect option to use a front door. They vary in thickness, which can change how effective they are in insulating your home. One reason many choose to go with a fiberglass door is that they are not prone to deterioration or break down over time the way wood does. They don't swell and shrink based on the weather and are ideal front doors. One of the many perks of obtaining a fiberglass door is many manufacturers offer more extended warranties on their products because they do last a very long time.


The classic wood door has always been a favorite option for front doors. They provide a sturdy, heavy and fantastic look. However, they are not the best option when it comes to being energy efficient. Since wood swells and shrinks, it can create gaps that allow air to flow in and out of your home. They typically don't offer much in the way of insulation.


Steel doors are the most affordable of the types of front doors. It is why many people choose them. Typically, steel doors are highly energy efficient. Just like their fiberglass counterpart, they can be insulated and are incredibly durable. The only downside to steel doors is if they do get a crack in them, they can rust if not properly treated.


The following names are great options to consider when you are looking to replace your front door. They offer many fantastic energy-saving models, with a variety of features.


Though Andersen is mainly known for their energy efficient windows and patio doors, they do have many great selections for front doors as well. They have been committed to energy saving for years and was the first to win the Energy Star Partner of the Year award in 1999. They have achieved this honor again recently, in 2017. Their products are built to reduce heat transfer which in turn will cut energy cost from heating and cooling. Many of their front door options are made of wood and are very luxurious looking. A notable energy efficient model is the Silver Line V3 Series. This model line is stamped with the energy star approval and has a sleek design of doors with glass inlays.

Therma Tru

Therma Tru is one of the best on the market for a variety of front doors available with the energy star label. Almost all of their doors are made of fiberglass and have polyurethane foam core. Their fiberglass doors are paired with energy saving glass to give the best results when it comes to reducing heat transfer. Some of their models include:

  • Fiber-Classic Oak
  • Profiles
  • Smooth-Star


Pella specializes in fiberglass and steel entry doors. Many of their models are energy efficient due to their use of a solid foam core and are made of fiberglass and steel. Most of their models are energy efficient so choosing one for your home is a breeze. Notable models include:

  • The Pella
  • The Encompass by Pella

Jeld Wen

Replacing your old door with a Jeld Wen energy efficient front entry door can reduce your energy cost by 7- 15%. Many of their windows and doors are energy efficient. Jeld Wen has been an Energy Star Partner of the Year twice and is committed to producing high-quality products that are great for the environment and saving people money on energy bills. Their models include:

  • Smooth Pro Fiberglass
  • Aurora Custom Fiberglass
  • Design Pro Fiberglass


Masonite is an excellent option for those looking for an affordable solution to an energy saving front door replacement. Masonite keeps the U-factor low, which provides the best results. Their products are primarily made of steel and fiberglass. Most have a natural looking finish that is comparative to real wood. Their collections that are energy efficient include:

  • VistaGrande
  • Transom
  • Fiberglass Sidelite
  • Expo

Simpson Door Company

Simpson front doors are primarily made of wood. You can select many of their door designs and choose the wood you would like. They coat their wood to help ensure it is more energy efficient. At the same time, they pair any glass inlays with their wood doors to make sure that they are reaching the full potential for energy saving. While they are made of wood, this doesn't mean they can't be energy efficient. In fact, they are fitted with seals to help any swelling and shrinking that might occur. Their energy efficient collections include:

  • Mastermark Collection
  • Craftsman Collection