Wood doors have been the popular choice of homeowners for centuries, however, fiberglass has been making its way into the market. While you may think of window features or car parts when you think of fiberglass, the strong woven glass fibers can be molded into doors of many shapes, and they’re often chosen for their strength, security, and durability.
Traditional wood doors are beautiful, however, when they’re exposed to water, they’re subject to warping, rotting, or a worn finish over time. When it comes to steel doors, any scratch or dent can lead to rust. Choose a fiberglass door, though, and you won’t have to worry about these issues. Fiberglass is a solid, non-porous material, which means water can’t seep in and cause damage.
In addition, fiberglass doors are considered energy efficient. They’re filled with a dense, industrial foam that helps form a barrier between the cold or hot air outside and the heat or air conditioning in your home. This quality can help you save money on your energy bills.
Fiberglass door manufacturing has come a long way when it comes to aesthetics. These days, it’s possible to make a fiberglass door look exactly like wood – down to the detailed wood grain. This means that you can opt for the durability of a fiberglass door, but still have the classic, rich look of a wooden door in your home. Fiberglass doors can also be molded to include decorative imprints and can even incorporate glass for an elegant effect.
When you choose a fiberglass door, you usually have the option to choose one that is already painted or stained from the factory. If you do, you won’t have to worry about refinishing it. However, if you choose to paint or stain your fiberglass door yourself, you’ll have to refinish it every so often, just like a wooden door. (How often you do this depends on the manufacturer and quality of finish.) Also, just like any other door, a fiberglass door is subject to wear and tear and you may need to replace its hardware or fixtures in the future.
Instead of turning to Home Depot fiberglass doors, contact the door specialists at P.J. Fitzpatrick. We’ll help you decide on the perfect interior or exterior door for any room in your home.