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Steel, Glass, or Wood: Choosing the Right Look for Your Business

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When it comes to choosing the doors that will be best suited for your business, it’s often going to come down to a matter of taste. However, there are factors other than aesthetic appeal to consider, and some kinds of doors will be better than others for certain types of businesses. Let's look at steel, glass, and wood doors.  

Perhaps you’re looking to outfit your business with new doors. If you’re having trouble deciding between steel, glass, and wood, read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of all three so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes to place that order.

Commercial Steel Doors  

Steel is the material of choice for many offices, schools, retail stores, hotels, and hospitals because of its strength and durability. Steel doors are also a versatile option, as they can be used for both exterior and interior doorways. They also come in a variety of styles.

Here are some of the key advantages of commercial steel doors:


If you’re looking for strong, sturdy, durable doors, steel is your choice. Commercial steel doors offer greater resistance to the elements and are not subject to warping in the same way that wood doors are.


Commercial steel doors are a heavy-duty option for security-minded business owners looking to guard against theft. With a thickness of 1.75 inches, your commercial steel doors are going to be incredibly difficult for any crook to breach, and many of them are even bulletproof.

Fire Safety

If fire safety is your primary concern, then steel doors are also a great option for you. While the standard fire rating of a commercial door is generally not much higher than 90 minutes, fire-resistant steel doors from CDF Distributors are fire-rated for up to 3 hours. That’s twice as long as the standard!

Commercial Glass Doors

Having an attractive storefront is one of the key factors to drawing in customers. That’s why glass is a popular option for storefront doors. Glass lends a look of class to your commercial building and allows potential customers and clients the opportunity to glimpse inside.

Here are some of the reasons why you might choose glass for your commercial doors:

Great First Impressions 

Few things are more important to your business than the impression its appearance leaves on potential customers. Commercial glass storefront doors from CDF Distributors are both attractive and welcoming, while also remaining sturdy and strong.

Natural Light

Glass doors may not be as insulated or soundproof as wood or steel, but the extra natural light they allow can bring an attractive ambience to your commercial building, all while saving you money on your energy bills.

A Sense of Openness

When steel or wood doors are closed, they limit the sense of space in the room. With glass doors, there is an increased sense of openness created by the extra visibility and increased natural light.

Commercial Wood Doors

Commercial wood doors are sturdy and durable, while also providing a welcoming look of professionalism to your commercial building.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering commercial wood doors:


An obvious advantage to commercial wood doors is their aesthetic charm. Wood offers a more elegant appeal and more design options than most steel or glass doors do. If elevating the appearance of your building is one of your top priorities, wood is a great option for you.    


Commercial wood doors can be used for both interior and exterior doorways. They come in fire-rated varieties, and some of them can even be purchased with special features like louvers, transom lights, and glass kits.

Color Options

The way your business looks sends a message to your clients well before you even have a chance to greet them. Having an array of color options for your doors at your disposal can help you to accomplish a personal design vision, making your building into the kind of place that customers want to return to.  

Choices Made Easy

If you still can’t decide between steel, glass, or wood doors for your business, contact CDF Distributors by calling 1-855-769-9895 or e-mail us at [email protected]. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions or help you decide what doors will work best for your business!







January 25, 2021
Wayne Foreman

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