Updating your front entry door during your exterior home improvement project can add beauty, energy efficiency, and value to your home. One of the biggest decisions a homeowner needs to make prior to taking on a new door installation project is which material to use. One of the more popular front door material selections is fiberglass. We’re here to offer our expert perspective on fiberglass door installation so that the decision you make is an informed one. Here’s what you need to know!
Fiberglass Exterior Door Pros: Offered in an array of styles and finishes due to sophisticated manufacturing techniques, fiberglass entry doors are a straightforward way to up your home’s curb appeal. They even can imitate the aesthetics of wood without the maintenance, as painting and staining are unnecessary. However, if a homeowner wants to change out the appearance of a fiberglass door, they can be painted. Fiberglass is often used in house windows because of its inability to expand or contract as the seasons change and the same holds true for fiberglass entry doors. This property allows to have a long lifespan. Fiberglass entry doors also win high marks for their durability because they do not rot, warp, scratch, corrode, or rust. With regards to energy efficiency, fiberglass entry doors lower heat transfer and increase energy efficiency, leading to lower utility bills. With regards to safety, fiberglass doors, provide a layer of protection against burglars because they can be outfitted with double or triple pane glass which is tricky to shatter. Opt for a multipoint locking door system which will provide enhanced security.
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Fiberglass Exterior Door Cons: When compared to most other door materials, fiberglass entry doors come at a premium. Fiberglass door installation is not a DIY endeavor, as any missteps can cause the door to allow air or water to permeate. The material is also tricky to trim and comes as a full unit with a frame. This makes it imperative that you delegate the project to a reputable contractor with substantial door installation experience.