When you think “fiberglass,” you most likely think of car parts or window features, not doors. However, fiberglass doors are becoming a popular choice for homeowners of all types. Because they’re made from woven high-strength glass fibers, fiberglass doors are often chosen for being sturdy, secure, and long-lasting.
When traditional wood doors are exposed to water, they may warp, rot, or lose their finish over time. Likewise, steel doors are subject to rust. With fiberglass doors, however, you’ll never need to worry about these issues. Since fiberglass is a solid, non-porous material, water can’t seep in and cause damage. In addition, fiberglass doors are filled with a dense, industrial foam that helps form a barrier between the inside of your home and the outside world. This quality makes these doors very energy efficient and can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills.
Just like any other door, a fiberglass door can be painted or stained. This can be done directly from the factory or it can be done yourself. If it’s finished from the factory, you won’t have to worry about refinishing it, but if you choose to do it yourself, you’ll need to refinish it every once in awhile, just like a wood door. (How often you do this depends on the manufacturer and quality of finish.) Also, just like any other door, a fiberglass door will be subjected to wear and tear and may need a hardware or fixture replacement down the road.
These days, fiberglass door manufacturers have discovered a way to finish their doors to make them look exactly like wood – down to the wood grain. This means that you can opt for the durability of a fiberglass door, but still have the rich, classic look of a wooden door in your home. Fiberglass doors can be molded to include decorative imprints and can even incorporate glass for an elegant touch.
If fiberglass doors seem like the perfect option for your home, call P.J. Fitzpatrick and leave behind the Lowes fiberglass doors. With our connections, we’ll help you choose a door you’ll love for the life of your home.