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Fiberglass Entry Doors – What’s So Good About Them?

Pella Architect Series Fiberglass Doors

Pella Architect Series Fiberglass Doors

As homeowners around the Minneapolis area replace their entry doors, many are choosing fiberglass.  When it comes to the newer fiberglass entry doors, the manufacturers have become very good at producing doors that look like regular wood doors that you’d find on homes. You might never realize that the door is not actually wood, but fiberglass. They look and even feel the same.  Fiberglass doors are super durable which means you’re getting your money’s worth – and they will not rot, warp, shrink or swell. Wood doors will do this over time and with exposure to the elements.  Fiberglass doors are also resistant to fire and bugs – unlike wood.

This type of door was introduced decades ago, and even though fiberglass doors seemed to reproduce the same look and feel as wood, a lot of people were not sold on them when they first hit the market for residential use. Now, more and more households are choosing to use these fiberglass doors over regular wood. There are many options to choose from, as well so you can customize your door to your home.

Fifteen years ago fiberglass doors were not sold in a lot of stores, but take a look at last year – fiberglass doors made up around 90% of all doors sold.  Why?  Fiberglass is durable, has a lower price tag, and looks beautiful, so why wouldn’t you choose this type of door?

Key Points of Fiberglass Exterior Doors

Fiberglass as a door material has a number of advantages over wood.  As you’re comparing options for your new entry door, consider these key points about fiberglass doors.

  • Fiberglass doors are stable and will not shrink or move around, so you can feel comfortable having them put on your home. You will also know that drafts will not be a problem, because those doors will stay snug-fitting in their frames.  Wood doors, due to shrinking and warping, eventually leave gaps around the door, which means air leaks.  This doesn’t happen with fiberglass doors.
  • Fiberglass doors are very energy-efficient. They are able to insulate better than a wood door would.  You should keep in mind, however, that any window glass in the door will reduce its energy efficiency, but fiberglass still performs better than wood doors of a similar style.
  • Fiberglass requires low maintenance, which means that you can focus on other things in life besides taking care of your front door. If your entry door gets a lot of traffic, it might get a bit beat up. but you can expect that no matter what the material the door is made of.  But fiberglass will stand up better to impact than wood.
  • Fiberglass doors make up one of the largest market shares in the industry and are still the lowest cost option for a front door. Other types of doors are not able to provide the same benefits that fiberglass can. Fiberglass is able to mimic so many different types of doors that you will wonder why you haven’t chose fiberglass before.

If it’s time for you to take a look at entry door options, give us a call today.  Window Outfitters installs fiberglass entry doors from Pella, Comfort Line, Marvin and ProVia. We are a professional MN full-service exterior remodeling contractor.

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