Popular Exterior Door Materials & Their Typical Lifespans – Infographic

Choosing the right exterior doors for your home is an important decision. But which materials should you choose, if you really want your doors to last? This infographic from Skywalker Windows & Siding will help you answer those questions!

Exterior Door Hardware Materials and Their Expected Lifespan

What’s a realistic lifespan for an exterior door? That depends greatly upon which materials it’s made from. Some materials last longer than others; here are a few options covered in this infographic:


Fiberglass entry doors are a good, practical choice. Modern fiberglass can mimic both the look and feel of real wood. Fiberglass doors also handle wear-and-tear well, and they don’t rust, warp, or split. They’re designed to be energy-efficient, too. Fiberglass works well for both main entry and patio doors.

Average Life Expectancy: 100 years or more


There’s really nothing quite like a natural wood door. Depending upon the type of wood you choose, prices can vary widely. Wood offers built-in insulation, providing reliable energy efficiency. Wood also requires the most attention to maintenance, too.

Average Life Expectancy: Pine – 20 years; Cedar – 40 years; Hardwoods – 60 years or more


Glass windows, inserts, and sidelights are nice features to include in an exterior door. Sliding glass doors also make nice patio entrances. Make sure to choose the best available door locking system.

Average Life Expectancy: 30+ years for a well-maintained sliding glass door

If you’d like to learn how to choose the right exterior door materials, check out the infographic.

Popular Exterior Door Materials & Their Typical Lifespans - Infographic

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