Steel Door Inc.

Eight Door Upgrades for Better Buildings

Steel doors and frames are often specified as a standard product. However, design professionals are increasingly putting a new twist on an old classic by modifying them for better aesthetics or performance. These are the steel door upgrades that we’ve been seeing a lot of lately.

Wood Grain Finish

These sturdy steel doors have been engraved with a wood grain pattern and stained to look just like wood. People often don’t even notice they aren’t wood unless they stop to inspect the door. They are ideal for high use interior or exterior openings that would benefit from the appearance of wood.

Sound Resistant

Architects are keeping the peace by specifying acoustical doors in noisy buildings. Places like schools, offices, hotels, and concert halls all benefit from reduced sound transfer. And there’s no need to overspecify here either. A little sound resistance – say, STC 42 – can go a long way.

Narrow Profile Frames

Some architects are using slimmer frame profiles to put a modern touch on openings. Two inch frames are still the most common by far, but we’re seeing a lot more specifications for steel door and light frames less than 2”. Just keep in mind that fire ratings may be affected.


Reduce prep time at the jobsite and ensure a quality paintjob with prefinished doors and frames. These commercial-grade finishes comply with the ANSI/SDI A250.3 requirements for weather resistance and adhesion. They are available in a range of standard colors and custom selected.

Thermal Break

On the cusp of meeting your energy efficiency goals? Thermal break frames have a lower U-factor and can be the difference maker for your project. Its separator material breaks the thermal transfer of outside temperatures to help lower energy costs and increase comfort.

Blast Resistant

Many military, government, and industrial facilities are at risk of an explosion, whether accidental or intentional. Blast resistant assemblies protect the occupants and the interior of the building from devastating shrapnel. They are also available fire rated, bullet resistant, and with vision lights.

Forced Entry Resistant

These door systems have been tested to keep bad guys out. There’s a misconception that forced entry resistant doors look like detention doors, but they actually look just like standard steel doors because the heavier gauge steel and hardware reinforcements aren’t obvious to the casual observer.

Bullet Resistant

You’ll most likely never need a fire extinguisher, but you’ll be really glad to have one if you ever do. The same applies to bullet resistant doors. School and government architects are specifying BR doors to keep building occupants safe in the event of an active shooter situation.