Fiberglass doors

To withstand the elements of most climates, entry doors must be tough enough to stand up to rain, wind, snow, sleet, scorching sun and a variety of two- legged and four-legged intruders. Meeting all those needs is a tall order!

Older homes likely have doors made of wood or wood veneer. These materials will crumble, warp, crack and delaminate over the years due to exposure to the elements. Metals doors have their limits as their surfaces too can peel.

An excellent choice is Fiberglass doors. They are dent resistant, provide excellent insulation, and are also resistant to heat and cold transfer.  While fiberglass provides smooth doors that can be painted, a fiberglass-textured door offers a wood like appearance with four times the strength of a wood door.  Plus, they resist splitting, cracking, and rot.  With their higher insulation values and durability, fiberglass doors are a smart long-term investment for your home.

Fiberglass composite doors are relatively affordable.Prices generally fall between steel and wood in price range.Because fiberglass composite doors can go several years without needing any paint or stain touchups, they tend to work very well in harsh and humid climates. This kind of door comes in a wide variety of styles. Many actually mimic the look of real wood or other natural materials. This material lasts longer than wood or steel, and its foam core offers much more insulation than wood. It is not unreasonable to expect 15 -20 years before a fiberglass door will need a touchup in paint or stain.

Is security an issue with a door composed of man-made fibers? Although it seems light to the touch, good crafted fiberglass has a very stout coating that makes it difficult for an intruder to breach. Its foam core offers considerable insulation, which can reduce energy costs in your home.

Quality crafted fiberglass doors are constructed with a complete system of components. Most doors are engineered and designed to work together for long lasting performance. Security and energy efficiency features include multi-point locking systems that engage a series of locks at several places on the frame, plus the adjustable security strike plate that can withstand up to three times the force of a standard strike plate. These are key factors in creating a dependable entry door system.

Lingo to help with Door Selection:

  • Inswing (I/S) - A door that opens in.
  • Outswing (O/S) - A door that opens out.
  • Left hand - For an I/S door, hinges are on the left and for an O/S door hinges are on the right (when the door is viewed from the house’s exterior).
  • Right hand - For an I/S door, hinges are on the right and for an O/S door hinges are on the left. (when the door is viewed from the house’s exterior).
  • Lite - A pane of glass in a door.
  • Divided lite - Panes of glass that are or appear to be divided.
  • Grille - Plastic, wooden or metal assembly in a door that gives the appearance of divided lites.

There are plenty of accents available to help you fully customize your entryway to your needs and desires.

  • Glass - All door types are available with decorative glass. While most doors have insulated glass for energy efficiency, others may have beveled, silk-screened or stained glass with genuine brass caming (joining strips for segmented glass). The glass may be one large lite or have a grille that separates the glass into several lites.
  • Sidelites - Sidelites are available for all types of doors. You may use one sidelite on either side of the door or have one on each side.
  • Transoms - Transoms are available for all types of doors, in three distinct shapes: arch, ellipse and box.
  • In-glass blinds - Some doors have adjustable blinds made inside the glass pane.