Textures. Styles. Pros & Cons.

Have you ever walked through a set of front doors that feature inviting glass window panels? Stepping through that entryway probably felt like a breath of fresh air—the foyer was bright and the entrance was contemporary. Gone are the days of rigid wood doors that feel like barriers between you and your guests. Instead, homeowners and designers are choosing glass front doors that create a seamless transition from one room to the next. However, this simple upgrade may still pose some questions. For example, what are your privacy preferences? What texture of glass suits your style? And, what window panel layout best complements your home? Find answers to all of your questions when you follow our guide—from the need-to-know details about our glass to choosing the right style, we’ve got you covered.  

About Our High-Quality Glass

First, it’s important to consider the quality and integrity of the glass before you design a windowed front door. All of our doors—whether it features one small window or is made almost entirely of glass—come standard with clear double insulated, tempered glass that is compliant with ASTM C1036 quality criteria. Plus, all of our styles can be customized with impact-rated glass to meet specific building codes and requirements. Lastly, keep in mind that we provide a 5-year warranty on the the finish and glass.

Choosing a Texture for your Glass Front Door

Once you’ve decided that you want to design a glass front door, the fun part begins. But, your design preferences will be influenced by your privacy preferences. For instance, remember that textured glasses, like Rain and Cotswold, will offer more privacy, while clear glasses will offer onlookers an unobstructed view from the inside and outside. Additionally, consider current design trends. If staying on-trend is important to you, think about using the very popular Clear, Rain, and Aquatex textures. For more inspiration, check out some of our glass options accompanied by styling tips:x

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Seedy Baroque

Intriguing, unique, and inspired by original flat glass. This pairs well with traditional door styles that pay homage to classic craftsmanship.

Horizontal Reeded

Smooth, simple, and unassuming. This glass texture adds privacy to any iron door.

Rain

Tranquil, obscure, and natural. This texture mimics glass on a rainy day, perfect for modern and traditional styles.

Flemish

Historic, eye-catching, and bespoke. This glass is inspired by Old World German antique glass from the 1800s—each panel is truly one-of a-kind, complementing any door style.

Clear

Sleek, timeless, and always in style. This glass also pairs well with pivot door designs. 

Citrus

Classic, opaque, and stylish. This glass is similar to traditional frosted textures, offering privacy and intrigue—it complements modern and traditional doors well.  

Pros & Cons of Glass Front Doors

As with any design decision, there are pros and cons to consider. With that being said, the only con we typically hear from clients is that there’s a potential lack of privacy. While this largely depends on the glass texture you choose, privacy can still be your priority. For instance, you may choose to use blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to control privacy from the inside. On the other hand, there are many pros to designing glass front doors. They are on-trend, fully customizable, and they invite more light into your home and foyer. Plus, maintaining glass front doors is very easy—simply use a microfiber cloth and glass cleaning spray to wipe away dirt, streaks, and yes, even paw print marks from your favorite security guard. Feeling inspired to upgrade your entryway with a glass front door? Browse our entire project gallery for more ideas before scheduling a consultation with one of our experts. And, be sure to visit our blog to read about sidelight and transom options—there are so many creative ways to add windows to your exterior!

Frequently Asked Questions About Glass Front Doors

Is a glass front door a good idea?

Yes, a glass front door is a good idea because it gives you the opportunity to invite more natural light into your home and foyer. Plus, glass front doors are often seen as more inviting and welcoming compared to heavy doors with little to no glass.

How can I ensure privacy with a glass front door?

To ensure privacy with a glass front door, you may choose to use blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to control privacy from the inside. From a design perspective, we recommend choosing a heavily textured glass like Rain, Cotswold, or Arctic if you want to limit what others can see.

What are the different types of glass for doors?

At Clark Hall, we offer clients a variety of glass textures to choose from. All of our options are clear double insulated tempered glass compliant with ASTM C1036 quality criteria. For textured glasses that ensure privacy, opt for Rain, Reeded, Cotswold, Arctic, Aquatex, or Citrus glass. For more clear glass, choose Clear, Illusions, or Seedy Baroque.

The Difference Between a Dedicated Design Partner & Off-the-Shelf Options for Iron Doors

Updating your front door or refreshing your favorite entryway is no small task—there are a lot of questions to consider. From finding the right style to organizing installation day, there are so many factors at play. Luckily though, our team at Clark Hall makes it as seamless as possible. We partner with you from start to finish so that you don’t have to source third-party contractors. Plus, all of our iron doors are completely custom to suit your vision. On the fence between working with a dedicated manufacturing partner or choosing a prefabricated door option? It can be overwhelming, but here are the five questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.

  1. What type of quality am I looking for in a door?

If you live by the phrase “quality over quantity,” then you’ll likely understand the key difference between fully-custom iron doors and prefabricated options. Most prefabricated doors are built in high-quantities and made as quickly as possible using cheaper materials and paint. Typically, these doors also feature sloppy or insufficient welds, low-quality putty to mask imperfections, and an insufficient quality control process. Overall, these manufacturing sacrifices often lead to rust issues and a product that won’t last nearly as long as a handcrafted iron door. At Clark Hall, each element of a door is crafted by experts and artisans who take your piece through an extensive detailing process—and they even perform a 7-step automotive finishing process:

    • 2 steps of primers and rust inhibitors
    • 4 steps of an automotive flat black (base layers)
    • 1 step of hand done, faux finish to provide dimension

2. How custom is my entryway idea?

Next, it’s important to think about the style and design of the door that you have in mind. Mass produced, prefabricated doors—whether they’re made of wood or iron—are not going to feature bespoke details and personalized elements that make your home stand out, so you don’t have to settle for good enough. 

Our individually crafted iron doors are made custom to your vision, matching the unique design of your home. We collaborate with you from the first sketch to identify key design elements including style, silhouette, height, hardware, finish, glass type, and more. Choose from modern, traditional, or ornate styles as a template to kickstart your project, and carry your inspiration over to the patio or wine cellar, too.

3. How long am I willing to wait for my new door to be installed?

As with many things today, shipping and timelines for delivery are a big concern. Oftentimes, it may seem that choosing a prefabricated door would reduce hassle and shorten the time to installation, but that’s not necessarily the case. Most prefabricated doors are shipped from overseas on a container which increases the likelihood of an unpredictable lead time. Not to mention, this method of transportation exposes the door to salty air for long periods of time—again, increasing the risk of rust developing. If you partner with Clark Hall’s team to design a fully-custom iron door from start to finish, you can rest assured that installation will take place approximately 16-18 weeks after the final CAD drawing is approved. One client Charles O. writes, “Because these are custom doors, the turn around time was quoted at 16 weeks and their estimates were on target. The finished product was well worth the wait.”

Want a little more insight into the 16-20 week timeframe? Here’s what you need to know:

    • Weeks 1-10: Custom fabrication including welding and grinding, the 7-step automotive finishing process, and a multi-step quality control inspection. 
    •  Weeks 11-14: Glass measuring, ordering, and glazing
    • Weeks 15-16: Final quality control inspection to prepare for shipping or installation

4. Am I prepared to invest in regular maintenance if I don’t choose an iron door?  

It’s the million dollar question—how much time, patience, and money do you have? A Clark Hall iron door is a permanent solution for your home, requiring nearly no regular maintenance and providing an aesthetic that no other door can match. The hinges, finish, and premium components offer unrivaled longevity and security, too. On the other hand, prefabricated wood doors and low-quality options in other materials are prone to warping, shrinking, contracting, and cracking over time due to wear and tear, weather, and other factors. Despite the upfront investment of designing a fully-custom iron door, keep in mind that the cost over time is close to zero. To care for an iron door, simply clean the surfaces a few times a year with a mild soap, water, and non-abrasive cloth. If your iron door has a scratch, we recommend using our exclusive touch-up kit to cover it up.

5. What does the warranty protect against?

Comparing warranties on different door options is essential—you don’t want to be caught unaware after installation. We recommend choosing a door option that comes with a robust warranty, providing piece-of-mind and extensive protection. Clark Hall offers the longest warranty in the industry, and we protect against three key areas:

    • 10 years on the iron door structure & mechanics
    • 5 years on the finish & glass
    • 1 year on the weather stripping & sweeps on doors sold in the U.S.

Again, we encourage you to do thorough research on all of your warranty options before making a final decision. If you have specific questions about how our warranty stacks up against other manufacturers making prefabricated options, please contact us directly. 

Choosing the right door for your home is a big decision, and it’s not one that we take lightly. That’s why we work closely with every client to make sure their vision becomes a reality. If you’re interested in learning more about why you should choose an iron door over a prefabricated option, visit our blog for exclusive insights. And, be sure to browse our project gallery to find endless inspiration for your next project.

What to Know Before You Buy

Your front entrance speaks volumes—it’s the first hello when you greet guests, family, and friends. That’s why it’s important to consider your door’s quality, material, security, and style. Today, most homes feature either wood or fiberglass doors. Less commonly, but certainly more attractive, other homeowners choose an iron door for an elevated, customizable entrance that can withstand the test of time while adding some serious value. In fact, realtors and remodeling magazines show that upgrading your front entryway with a custom iron door has one of the highest cost recoup percentages when compared to other home improvements.

Follow along as we discuss the difference between iron doors vs. wood doors, and touch on the details to consider for each. Whichever door you choose, it’s important that you understand the features and benefits so that you can make an informed decision that enhances your home’s curb appeal.

About the Materials

According to The Spruce, solid wood doors are typically made with a frame-and-panel construction that uses natural woods like a soft pine or a sturdier oak or maple. Wood doors are rarely made from a solid wood slab. On the other hand, iron doors and steel doors are more solid and secure, and they’re sealed and insulated to provide energy efficiency.

A couple visits Clark Hall's design studio to see custom iron door options.

The Difference Between Iron Doors vs. Wood Doors

After establishing a basic understanding of the materials, it’s important to dig into the details. This will be a helpful list to consider as you weigh your entryway options.

  • Maintenance
    • Iron Doors — Unlike most wood doors, iron doors require minimal maintenance to preserve their attractiveness or functionality. Simply wipe all surfaces with a mild soap, water, and non-abrasive cloth to refresh your entry.
    • Wood Doors — Keeping up with a wood door requires a high level of maintenance. For example, if you have to refinish the door due to sun damage or rot, you must remove all of the hardware, sand and strip the door, and then reapply the finish.
  • Warp 
    • Iron Doors — There is no risk of iron warping or bending.
    • Wood Doors — Warping is a common problem with wood doors, stemming from a rise in humidity, heat, or moisture in the air. This can affect how difficult it is to open or close the door.
  • Rust & Decay
    • Iron Doors — Our iron doors go through a detailed 7-step automotive finishing process, minimizing the risk of rust or decay. 
    • Wood Doors — Anything made of wood is easily susceptible to decay if it’s left untreated or unfinished. When wood doors come into contact with damp air or moisture, it can lead to mold or mildew damage.
  • Rot Repair 
    • Iron Doors — There is little to no risk of rot.
    • Wood Doors — It’s extremely difficult and expensive to repair wood rot in doors. The Family Handyman provides a DIY process to repair rot with polyester filler, but it’s tedious and labor intensive.
  • Finishes
    • Iron Doors — Our iron doors come with your choice of finish, selected from our catalog of five exclusive colors. The finishing and detailing process is thorough and seamless, and provides an unmistakable look that will last for years to come.
    • Wood Doors — Finishing or refinishing a wood door is costly and requires multiple sandings to prep or strip the surface.
  • Customization
    • Iron Doors — Specify every element of your custom iron door, including its shape and height, panels, window placement, and more. Also, while iron doors are an investment, they’re typically the least expensive to customize.
    • Wood Doors — You can customize wood doors to include transoms, sidelights, and decorative details, but it’s expensive to do so.
  • Warranty
    • Iron Doors — With the longest warranty in the industry, we protect you against manufacturing defects for 10 years on the iron door structure and mechanics. We also provide a 5-year warranty on the Elite finish and glass, and a 1-year warranty on the weather stripping and sweeps on the doors sold in the contiguous United States.
    • Wood Doors — Traditionally, wood doors come with a 1-year warranty if there is no overhang above the door. However, if the wood door is facing a certain direction, it may not carry a warranty at all.
A traditional double iron door entryway featuring a charcoal finish.

An example of a double iron door that features the traditional aesthetic of classic wood doors.

3 Reasons to Consider an Iron Door

After assessing the differences between iron doors vs. wood doors, a clear winner quickly emerges. To summarize a few of the key points, here are the reasons why we recommend buying an iron door for your home:
  1. Fully Customizable

Every Clark Hall iron door is made specifically for you, giving you the freedom to choose your style, silhouette, finish, hardware, and more. You can even choose to design a contemporary pivot door that rotates on a vertical axis, or spindle — a unique, functional design that’s more challenging to achieve with wood doors.

2. Secure & Durable

Iron doors take security to the next level. Our doors are certified to meet some of the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes. From our 14-gauge steel door panels to the steel barrel hinges, each one is built with integrity.

3. Nearly Maintenance-Free

Our iron doors require minimal maintenance to preserve their attractiveness and functionality. We recommend cleaning the surface occasionally with a mild soap, water, and non-abrasive cloth. You can also touch up minor scratches with the touch-up paint that we provide with your door purchase.

If you’re interested in learning more about iron doors, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Our experts are available to share more about the features and benefits, and walk you through our custom design process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Iron Doors vs. Wood Doors

Is an iron door better than a wood door?

Yes, if you’re looking for a door option that’s more secure, energy efficient, and customizable, an iron door is better than a wood door. Plus, iron doors require minimal maintenance compared to wood doors.

Are iron doors more expensive than wood doors?

The price of iron doors and wood doors really depends on the size of the door and how much customizing is involved. On average, our projects start at around $10,000. According to Cost Helper, custom-built wood doors start at around $3,000. However, it’s important to consider your budget for ongoing repairs throughout a wooden door’s lifetime, and the value a custom iron door could add to your home if you were to sell.

Are iron doors more secure than wood doors?

Yes, iron is a more durable material compared to wood. Plus, our doors are certified to meet some of the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes.

Smooth, Sleek & Statement-Worthy

There are few door styles that are as unique or striking as a custom pivot door. Perhaps the most compelling feature that attracts clients to this option is how much larger they can make your entryway look. In fact, a pivot door allows you to build a much larger door than a standard swinging single door — not to mention, the eye-catching pivot point creates a conversation piece among guests, family, and friends. Interested in designing your own? Follow along to learn more about their history, anatomy, and benefits.

What is a Pivot Door?

To provide a basic definition, a pivot door is a swinging door that rotates on a vertical axis, or a spindle. Meanwhile, regular hinged doors are attached to the side of a door adjacent to the wall. Check out the visual comparison below to see how a traditional hinged door differs from a pivot door.

A custom iron double door featuring large glass window panels and two sidelights.
A modern pivot door opening halfway.

The History of Pivot Doors

Although modern pivot doors seem to be a contemporary trend, the technology dates back centuries. According to FritsJurgens®, an example of an early pivot door can be found in the ancient city of Persepolis in modern-day Iran. Additionally, there are several indications of this door style found in the Gate of All Nations, a grand hall that was built between 486 and 465 B.C.

The Anatomy of a Pivot Door

Essentially, a pivot door is a pivoting panel that can take on any type of custom design or measurement. Its basic elements include:

  • The door panel
  • A pivot system
  • A top pivot
  • A floor plate
  • A ceiling plate

Unlike ancient examples, modern pivot doors don’t rotate on an extension of the vertical axis. Instead, they leverage a pivot hinge system and a top pivot that are both invisible on the finished door. Where the pivot is located depends on personal preference and the width of the door. Typically, it’s about 15” from the end, but that may change if the designer or homeowner needs a bigger or smaller opening to walk through.

A woman walking through a modern pivot door to greet her child in the foyer.

4 Benefits of Modern Pivot Doors

Whether you’re looking for an elevated style or a smoother entryway system—our pivot doors have both. Check out a few of their top advantages.

1. They expand your entryway.

The beauty of the pivot is that you can build a much larger door than a standard swinging single door. To give you an idea, we often see modern pivot doors measure at about 10 ft. and over 50” wide.

2. They make a statement.

Most clients who want a pivot door installed in their home are looking to make a statement. These doors are visually different from the average hinged doors, and they feature a very elegant door movement that captivates those who enter.

3. They’re extremely smooth.

Our pivot doors boast a very smooth operating system, and help create a seamless transition from one area to another. We often hear clients who visit our design studios say that they are “wowed” by their beauty and effortless functionality.

4. They can be completely customized.

Whether you prefer modern, ornate, or traditional styles, our experts and artisans can work closely with you to design a custom pivot door that suits your taste. Plus, choose from a range of glass styles and finishes that complement your exterior. Feeling inspired and want to design your own custom pivot door? Check out our blog article, “How to Design a Custom Door” to learn more about the process. Then, be sure to schedule a consultation at one of our design studios — we have a few pivot doors showcased on-site, so it’s a great opportunity to get a taste for their look and feel. Finally, if you’re on the fence about which type of door to install in your home, check out these six reasons to choose an iron door.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pivot Doors

Are pivot doors secure?

  Yes, Clark Hall’s pivot doors are extremely secure, offering clients peace of mind. Our doors are certified to meet some of the strictest wind ratings and Florida building codes, and they’re equipped with 14-gauge steel door panels and steel barrel hinges. Plus, all of the hardware is custom made with security and durability in mind. If you’re concerned about privacy with a pivot door that features a large glass window panel, we recommend choosing a textured glass option that slightly obscures an onlooker’s view of the inside of your home—Rain, Cotswold, and Reeded textures are some of the most popular options.

What is the advantage of a pivot door?

Pivot doors offer many advantages, but the biggest one is that they easily expand your entryway. These entrances give you the opportunity to build a much larger door than a standard swinging single door—for example, many of our pivot doors measure at about 10 ft. and over 50” wide. Other advantages include their statement-worthy craftsmanship, extremely smooth operating system, and complete customizability. What is the difference between a pivot and hinged door? A pivot door is a swinging door that rotates on a vertical axis, or spindle. On the other hand, regular hinged doors are attached to the side of a door adjacent to the wall.

Contemporary Designs for Every Taste

When you think of modern iron door designs, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? You might say dark finishes, sleek lines, sharp edges, and large glass windows.

While these are all hallmarks of our modern iron doors, no two entryways are ever the same. Each modern door can be completely customized to suit your home’s style—in fact, you can select from five different finishes, various hardware styles, textured glasses, and silhouettes like square top, eyebrow, and round top. We give you the tools to create your own definition of “modern.”

Check out a few of our favorite modern iron door designs featuring five unique visions.

There’s More to a Modern Iron Door Than Meets the Eye

However you define your style, design your own modern door from scratch.

Simple & Sleek

Creating a captivating entrance, these slim profile double iron doors feature minimalist hardware, a contemporary Charcoal finish, and large Arctic insulated glass windows—great for providing a bit of privacy while still allowing natural light to flow into the foyer. These clients dreamed of a simple modern iron door design that complemented their home’s sleek windows, unique architectural elements, and white exterior siding.

A modern iron door featuring two panels and Cotswold textured glass.

Effortless & Expansive

This modern iron door design is truly something to behold. With a larger than life vision, we helped our clients turn their sketch into a custom 50/50 split pivot door that gives way to two distinct entries and a breathtaking view of the waterfront in the back of the home—it’s a really intriguing way to reveal this scenery from the front of the home. And, if the one large glass window isn’t enough, we also added two complementary sidelights to increase the amount of natural light being brought into the foyer.

A modern iron pivot door featuring a 50/50 split.

Eclectic & Eye-Catching

When a foyer is this carefully curated, you want all eyes on the vibrant wallpaper and avant-garde chandelier. This artistic homeowner opted to complement their colorful entryway with an understated, yet striking modern iron door design. Flaunting an extraordinary silhouette that comes to a subtle point at the top, this single panel iron door does a fantastic job of drawing attention to all of the right places—its clear glass windows even give guests a peek into the home’s whimsical design.

A custom modern iron door and eclectic foyer entryway.

Arched & Elevated

Charming and welcoming, this modern iron door is a single panel entry that boasts large expanses of clear double insulated glass windows, hand forged hardware, and a unique eyebrow shaped archway. Enhancing the luxe, modern look, it’s complete with our exclusive Charcoal finish—this color is stunning when used on homes with gray and white tones. We love how this client put their own spin on modern design, blending it with old-style elegance that’s rare to find in updated homes.

A modern iron door featuring a rounded top silhouette.

Sophisticated & Smooth

A patio is the perfect place to consider a modern iron door design. The clean lines and simple, sleek frames help create a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors, and they tie a contemporary motif throughout the entire home. This project features large sidelight panels to enhance the light, too—and the subtle hardware makes it feel as though there’s almost no distinction between nature and the next room. We also love how the dark Charcoal finish balances out the white sofas and flooring.

A patio featuring a set of modern iron doors.
What does your take on a modern iron door design look like? If you’re feeling inspired to start your own entryway makeover, get in touch with our team to set up a consultation by phone or at one of our design studios. And before we chat, be sure to learn why choosing an iron door is a good option, and read our expert tips on how to design the custom door of your dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions About Modern Iron Doors

What are the new trends for front doors?

If you’re looking for on-trend ways to refresh your front doors, we recommend a couple of the following: 
  • Consider sidelights and transoms to increase natural light. 
  • Partner with our experts to design custom hardware and pull handles. 
  • Opt for a new neutral finish, like Charcoal or Slate. 
  • Choose a textured glass option, like Rain or Cotswold

Are modern iron doors energy efficient?

Yes, all of Clark Hall’s modern iron doors are energy efficient, keeping warm air out in the summer and cool air out in the winter. Each custom door is equipped with professional-grade weather stripping to seal the door and jamb, and sweeps to insulate the seal gap between the bottom of the door and the adjustable threshold.

How do I keep my iron door from rusting?

Compared to wood doors, iron doors have a smaller risk of rusting—especially Clark Hall’s iron doors. All of our doors go through a detailed 7-step automotive finishing process that minimizes the risk of rust and decay. To maintain your iron door, you only need to clean it off with a mild soap and non-abrasive cloth from time to time. There is nearly no regular maintenance required for iron doors.

A Custom Iron Door Gives You Style Without Sacrifice

When you’re thinking about giving your front entryway a makeover, consider your door as the focal point of your home. Ask yourself, will a quick coat of paint on my traditional wood door do the trick, or should I invest in a custom iron door that provides more style, security, and longevity?

Tackling an entryway remodeling project is never easy, but it is worth weighing the benefits of iron doors. Here are 6 reasons why choosing an iron door could mean the difference between a nice entryway and an elevated, welcoming exterior.

  1. They’re Fully Customizable.

Unlike traditional wood doors, Clark Hall iron doors are completely customizable to meet your unique preferences and home style. From modern clean lines to intricate and ornate scrollwork, each door is truly one-of-a-kind and tailored to bring your vision to life. Aside from the elevated aesthetics, iron front doors are also a great option for homeowners that have complex sizing needs to account for. For example, if your home has an unusually sized entryway, you might have a difficult time finding a door replacement. However, our iron doors can be custom built to meet any size requirement—in fact, you may even want to add some height or depth to your current entry by adding a bespoke transom or sidelight.

A double custom iron door from the foyer of a luxury home.

2. They’re Nearly Maintenance-Free.

It’s always beneficial to think long-term. Iron doors require no regular maintenance to preserve their appearance or functionality. And, because they don’t wear as quickly as wood, iron front doors won’t need replaced or restored as often. The only maintenance you need to budget for? Some soap and water. On occasion, clean the iron surface with a mild soap, water, and non-abrasive cloth to remove dust and other small scuff marks.

3. They’re Hand-Finished & Fabricated. 

Clark Hall’s experts and artisans work with you from the first sketch to the final installation, exercising complete control over the custom hand fabrication process. You’ll never have to worry about a detail going unnoticed by a third party vendor—we even take each door through an extensive seven-step automotive grade finishing process. Plus, once you invest in a custom iron door, you’ll also be adding value to your property for years to come—whether you choose to stay or sell. Potential home buyers are always looking for a unique statement piece that sets the home apart.

4. They Invite More Light Indoors. 

Undoubtedly, light is one of the most important aspects of a modern home. Many homeowners and designers, whether they prefer traditional-inspired designs or contemporary styles, choose to incorporate plenty of windows. Our wide range of glass window styles come standard with clear double insulated, tempered glass. Opt for a more clear texture for optimum light, or go for a textured look for added privacy. Additionally, consider adding a transom or sidelight to your custom iron front door to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces.

A woman enters her home through a custom iron door.

5. They’re Energy Efficient. 

All of our iron doors are insulated and fully functional—they may even help you save money on your energy bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leaks around doors account for 18-20% of heat loss in an average home. Combat this with iron doors that help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

6. They’re Extremely Durable & Secure. 

If home security is a top concern for you, we understand. That’s why every Clark Hall iron door is certified to meet some of the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes. Not to mention, our 14-gauge steel door panels and steel barrel hinges are built with integrity that offers you peace of mind. Whether you’re inside for the night or away on vacation, rest assured that these sturdy iron doors can hold their own against water, high pressure, wind, and other potential threats.

Are you ready to heighten your home’s security and elevate your curb appeal? Check out our portfolio of before and after transformations to gather some inspiration. Or, if you already have a door style in mind, read our article, How to Design a Custom Iron Door for tips on next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions About Iron Doors

Are iron doors worth it?

Yes, iron doors are a worthwhile investment because they’re extremely durable and more secure than most other options, including wood doors. Plus, iron doors are nearly maintenance-free and require no regular maintenance to preserve their appearance of functionality. This also means that they don’t need to be replaced or restored as often as other doors. Lastly, iron doors are more energy-efficient. At Clark Hall, all of our iron doors are fully-insulated and are equipped with professional-grade weather stripping. 

Is an iron door better than wood?

Overall, iron doors offer more benefits compared to wood doors. For example, iron doors do not warp or bend while wood doors often do depending on the weather and other conditions. Additionally, there is little to no risk of rot when it comes to iron doors, but wood doors can rot and the repairs may be costly. Learn more about the difference between iron doors vs. wood doors when you read our blog.

How long do iron doors last?

With minimal maintenance and cleaning needed, iron doors can last more than 30 years when properly cared for.