If you’re doing any type of exterior home remodeling or even new construction, at some point, you’ll likely need to choose an exterior door between fiberglass, steel, or wood. But with the wide variety of choices available on the market, how do you choose the right one?
There are several things to consider, of course, such as the door’s longevity and durability, but also its “curb appeal,” especially if you’re ever planning on selling your home. And cost can be an important factor to consider as well.
Luckily, fiberglass doors often check all these boxes for most homeowners and are one of the top choices for residential homeowners. Let’s look at the reasons why a fiberglass door might be the best choice for your home.
Longevity and Durability
Life expectancy of doors can greatly vary based on a variety of factors including the materials they’re made of and the typical weather conditions. What good is it if you have to replace it due to weather damage, warping, or other issues every few years? Not all doors are created equal.
Fiberglass doors offer excellent protection from the natural elements. The doors we use are sealed on all sides with composite stiles and rails preventing water penetration, and they’re very durable while providing several design options (more on that below). Unlike even the best quality wood doors, fiberglass doors are moisture resistant and they are less likely to splinter, rot, or warp. They don’t require the same level of care that wood doors do, meaning no need to regularly re-stain or refinish, offering the lowest maintenance required when compared to other exterior door options. And compared to steel doors, fiberglass doors are difficult to dent and don’t easily lose their lamination. Lastly, even though they’re lightweight, they’re also extremely durable and difficult to break, and they can stand up to all types of weather conditions, something that’s important to most of us living in the West coast.
Fiberglass doors are specifically engineered to save you energy. Thanks to their polyurethane core, fiberglass doors are extremely energy efficient. Because of how they’re made and sealed, they offer excellent insulation that provides superior efficiency compared to wooden doors. Because they’re so well-insulated, you’ll likely to get a lot of value out of them in the long term by using less electricity or fuel to keep your house warm.
Fiberglass doors come in an extensive variety of design options, ensuring that you can find one that suits your personal style and making your home look fantastic. With fiberglass, you can choose between smooth and textured finishes, and both of those categories offer a variety of options. Smooth doors offer options such as number of panels, flush and glass options, or a combination of panels and glass. Textured fiberglass doors offer a textured look, some which are hard to distinguish from wood, and can be easily painted or stained.
You can see some options and learn more about fiberglass doors over on our fiberglass doors page, but we have far more options in our showroom. If you would like more information on fiberglass doors call us at 604-980-3667. Or simply drop by anytime Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. We’re happy to show you all the options available.