A lot has been written about fiberglass doors over the years. No doubt you have read articles citing the pros and cons of fiberglass versus wood or steel, and maybe some of this is getting confusing, especially with more recent technology.
However, when it comes to purchasing a new entrance door for your home, you really owe it to yourself and to your family to gather as much information as possible in order to make a wise decision. Let’s face it; you are making a big investment. But I am giving the fiberglass door a big ‘Thumbs Up’.
The Virtues of Fiberglass
With today’s technology, door manufacturers are able to make fiberglass doors that look so much like wood you really cannot tell the difference. In the past, low-end fiberglass panels had that man-made, faux wood look, which cast all fiberglass doors in such a bad light. But today’s methods of manufacturing can actually duplicate the beauty of real wood.
And because they look so much like wood, they add warmth and character to your home’s appearance. They can be fashioned to suit any style and come in a variety of stains or colors. You can also add architectural panels and details, such as matching sidelights, a transom or beveled glass insets—just like a traditional entrance. No one will be able to tell that your beautiful door is fiberglass. They’ll just be envious that you have such a stunning front entry.
Fiberglass doors are durable, because fiberglass is a highly stable material that can withstand extreme weather and temperatures. Unlike wood and steel doors, fiberglass doors do not rot, warp, rust, split, crack or get dented easily, as some critics would have you believe.
But a caveat—make sure you choose a good quality fiberglass door from a respected manufacturer. Think of it as an investment, not just a purchase, an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Because, besides its beauty, one of the best reasons to choose a fiberglass entry door is its low maintenance. Fiberglass requires very little care!
And fiberglass is both energy efficient and environmentally friendly, thanks to the glazed insulating glass layers and the CFC-free polyurethane foam. In fact, customers share specific utility savings after installing a fiberglass front entry door.
Tough Door, Tough Locks
Now let’s talk tough. You want a great—looking front door that also offers security. With fiberglass you get both. But don’t forget that when you buy an entrance door the locking system is just as important as the door itself. In this day and age manufacturers build security into the entry system, including deadbolts and 20-gauge steel plates inside the jam rather than little plastic cups. Burglars can try to kick your door in, but they are not going to succeed. They’ll have to move on. A strong door with a sturdy high–quality locking system will give you peace of mind every day and night.
The Warranty Behind Your Door
If you’re going to invest in an entrance system, you need to make sure that somebody is standing behind your investment. I recommend you look at the warranty. If a company cannot say they will replace your door for free if the fiberglass panel ever cracks, then be wary. It means that they’re not confident in the product or the manufacturer, and if they are not confident in the product or the manufacturer, they can’t confidently support you with worry–free guarantees.
Second only to kitchens and bathrooms, your front entry system is going to be one of your biggest “value upgrades” in a home improvement investment. It’s also going to give you a big return on your dollar. It’s going to last for years, save you money in reduced energy costs, and require very little maintenance. If you have worry–free ownership, if you’ve invested in a quality product sold by a quality company, in the long run the cost of your investment will pay for itself.
So study your options, think about what you want, and don’t have reservations about choosing a fiberglass entry door. On beauty alone, fiberglass will delight and amaze. Take the showroom challenge yourself—see if you can tell the wood door from the fiberglass door!