For many years, builders and homeowners only had wood as an option for their selection of an entry door. Then came the revolution that was the steel door. In today’s era of building products, though, fiberglass entry doors are taking over the market.
Fiberglass doors first arrived on the scene about twenty-five years ago. Some of the same technology that is used in the manufacturing of steel doors is used in the construction of fiberglass doors. These doors provide an excellent choice when looking for an entry door because they are low maintenance and can be made to appear like wood, or they can be painted as well.
It was easy to tell a fiberglass door from a real wooden door when the doors were new on the market, especially when standing close to the door. From a distance, it was much more difficult. The doors have what is called edge banding, meaning the fiberglass skin wraps around and into the wooden stiles to keep the skin in place and prevent delamination. The process has become even more refined, and high end doors look just like a wood door. There are also heavier products in the internal construction making the doors weigh as much as a wood door.
There are both smooth and textured fiberglass doors. The smooth fiberglass is most commonly made to be painted. There are high end and standard textured doors. High end fiberglass doors can be made with different wood grains appearing on the skin, such as mahogany or fir. Standard textured doors are manufactured with a traditional heavier grain oak.
There are barriers that buyers face when choosing a fiberglass door that are not normally met with wooden entry doors. Almost all fiberglass manufacturers make only standard skins. If a buyer wants a custom layout, it is next to impossible, and definitely cost prohibitive.
Making the glass choices for the door can also be difficult. Many buyers find a door that they like, but have to choose from the glass options that are available for that door style. Others find glass that they fall in love with, but have to go along with the style of door that it comes with. Some get lucky, though, and the door that they love can be fitted with the glass that they love.
Overall, especially for those who have entry doors with little or no overhang and that face directly south or west, fiberglass doors are a great alternative to the traditional wood door. Because they do not warp, rust, or dent and require little to no maintenance, and with the technology to produce exquisite designs and high end wood grain skins, fiberglass doors are taking over the industry.
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