Wood doors are the classic material used to build doors. After all wood doors have been around for centuries so why mess with something that’s working. Well because we like to advance our technology and make things better. So today we have a variety of doors in all shapes and sizes that are built from a wide variety of materials. Fiberglass doors, however, have become the standard material when building doors. What are the Pros and Cons of purchasing a fiberglass door?
What is Fiberglass?
Fiberglass is a fiber-reinforced plastic that is embedded with glass fibers then combined with resin to make a strong and durable composite. It is just about as strong as its steel counterparts but is extremely flexible.
How are Fiberglass doors built?
The frame of a fiberglass door is made from a strong, moisture-proof, composite material. This is great to prevent mold, mildew, and wood rot among other things.
The center of the fiberglass door is usually filed with polyurethane foam. It insulates and soundproofs your door.
The skin or the visible part of your doors is made of the fiberglass material that is break-resistant, dent and warp-resistant, and since it isn’t metal will not rust either.
Are fiberglass doors dangerous?
Only if you cut or saw the door. Since it is made from a substance that should not be breathed in its best to order fiberglass doors that will fit your frame opening. Fiberglass doors should never be cut to size.
If the fiberglass door style you are looking for does not come in the size needed for your door frame, we recommend getting its wood counterpart. Wood doors can be cut to size without the health hazard.
Benefits of a Fiberglass door
Fiberglass doors come in a wide variety of styles and come with either a smooth finish like a steel door or a textured finish like a wood door. They can even be made to look worn or distressed in texture.
Fiberglass doors are surprisingly energy efficient. Since they have the insulating material sandwiched in-between the fiberglass vainer it keeps the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Fiberglass doors are impact-resistant and make breaking into them more difficult. They also weather better than their wood cousins and don’t warp or deteriorate.
Fiberglass doors are easy to paint or stain and have minimal care requirements. They are also easy to clean.
Drawbacks of Fiberglass doors
Fiberglass doors should not be cut down to fit your door opening (It is toxic to your health.) It is possible if you have an older home you won’t find a fiberglass door that will fit your opening. Generally, fiberglass doors are more expensive than their wood counterparts.
Are Fiberglass doors right for you?
Possibly! There are many things to consider when picking out a door. Consult your local door expert to pick out the right door for your home.
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