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Choosing the Right Entrance for Your Property: Hollow Metal Vs. Glass and Aluminum Vs. Wood Door

In October 2020, a total of 4.5 billion dollars was invested into the construction of commercial, industrial and institutionalized buildings. When it comes to new infrastructure, companies need to make a plethora of decisions, including what material to use for windows and doors.

While this might seem like a minuscule issue compared to something like the building's foundation, doors and windows could end up costing you a ton of money if you don't do your research. Luckily, the breakdown below helps ease this decision-making process.

Here's everything you need to know about hollow metal, wood and aluminum doors.


Hollow Metal Doors


When it comes to security, the hollow metal door is your best option. Even though the metal only covers the outer layer of the door, it is most effective at keeping intruders out. It is strong, durable and it lasts for many years.

Given its durability, a hollow metal door is the best option for high traffic, high-impact use and therefore is the door of choice in schools, hospitals and stairwell doors. A hollow metal door may not be as aesthetically pleasing as its counterparts, so on other commercial properties, you typically see it being used as staff and warehouse entrances. A metal door can also be painted for a suitable accent to an industrially designed space.

Additionally, hollow metal does a wonderful job of keeping the heat and cold out of your building. While the door isn't made entirely of metal, it's still heavier than aluminum. This composition doesn't affect its insulation value. The material's adaptability also allows for easy window and door installation, no matter its location.


Wood Doors

Wood doors are a popular choice in commercial construction as they are customizable and aesthetically pleasing. Architectural wood doors are commonly used for interiors of commercial spaces as they add warmth and sound insulation.

Depending on your budget, you can either go with solid wood, veneer or laminate. A natural wood veneer door is available in many species and stains and can give you the look and feel of a solid wood door at a fraction of the cost.

Wood doors may not be as durable as steel doors. However, their sleek design, natural feel and selection of species, styles and stains make them a superb choice for office interiors, hotels, restaurants, schools and retirement homes.


Glass and Aluminum Doors

Glass and aluminum doors offer a professional and welcoming entrance for your visitors. With the flexibility of design, you can customize them to suit any need.

Glass and aluminum doors are made to order. Aluminum will not rust and can be purchased in a variety of colours. In combination with glass, the doors allow a lot of light into the building and give your visitors a sneak peek into your space. For this reason, it is an excellent choice for storefronts and restaurants.

Many modern office buildings, airports, schools and shopping malls embrace this type of entrance as it can be scaled to any size. Furthermore, its durability makes it so that there isn't much upkeep required over its lifetime. It also withstands frigid temperatures and will keep your building warm during those tough winters.


What Material Will You Choose?

Now that you know the different applications of hollow metal, wood and glass/aluminum doors, you can choose which application is best for your space.

If you live in the London and Southwest Ontario Region, Southwest Doors & Hardware Ltd. should be your go-to company. Don't miss out on all the window and door services we have to offer. Call today and decide on the custom commercial package that will take your project to the next level.


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