A new front door can increase energy efficiency and improve the curb appeal of your home. You may not know, but fiberglass doors come in a variety of types, many of which look like real wood. Also, if you want a good, limited-maintenance door, fiberglass is ideal for you.
Fiberglass does not expand or contract due to changes in weather. Fiberglass doors are non-porous so that they keep water and moisture out. Fiberglass can last for as many as 15 to 20 years without needing paint or a top coat touch up. Although a fiberglass door isn’t heavy, it very sturdy and durable. Some fiberglass doors have stainable and paintable “skin” that looks like wood grain, so you can customize the look of your entryway. Due to the flexibility of fiberglass doors, there are also more window designs available.
The stiles and rails (the exterior) on fiberglass doors are made of molded materials. The interior if the door is filled with insulation made from polyurethane foam. Some doors are warrantied throughout the life of the house, but it is contingent upon proper installation.
One of the best features of fiberglass doors is energy efficiency. The foam filling is much better at stemming the transfer of hot and cold air coming into your home. Many fiberglass doors qualify for Energy Star rebates offered by your local and federal government.
Many homeowners prefer fiberglass doors to wood because the “skin” doesn’t rust, dent or ding. The “skin” itself is made from liquid fiberglass. Some fiberglass doors even contain wood components. Also, fiberglass doors are virtually unaffected by water and humidity, in both the door’s exterior and interior.
Pricewise, a fiberglass door falls between metal and wood doors. Fiberglass can be more economical than wood, but not quite as economical as steel, recouping around 70 percent of its home value.
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