Fiberglass-also called spun glass-is made of extremely fine glass fibers and results in a strong material for making various structural objects. Fiberglass doors' superior strength and durability makes them stronger than steel doors. Yet, unlike steel, they are highly resistant to dents and scratches as well rust and oxidation from wet climates; and they are less expensive than steel.
The Benefits of Using Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors look and feel like wood but won't crack, warp, scratch, peel, swell or expand like wood and are three times stronger than wood doors. They are also eight times tougher than vinyl doors and, unlike vinyl, can be painted. Fiberglass is now available for patio doors, French doors, and in garage doors, ensuring these doors will be free from warp and buckling. Fiberglass doors come in standard sizes and can also be customized to any height, width and thickness. Installation is relatively easy for an experienced do-it-yourself person, but experienced professionals are also available at local home improvement stores to handle the installation.
Maintaining Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors last longer than any other kind of door, but they do require some minor maintenance to maintain their beauty. Sunlight and exposure to the elements of nature will eventually impact the appearance of the finish applied to a fiberglass door, causing it not to look glossy. Its texture may also get a little rough, just as exposed wood does over time. In addition to selecting a wood stain that lasts longer, most fiberglass door manufacturers recommend applying a clear top coat finish for extra protection.
The Value of Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors cost a little more than other doors, but their value is maintained over the long term better than any other type of door. Doors to your home make one of the first impressions guests receive; doors indicate quality and style. They add value to a home not only because of their curb appeal but also because of their energy efficiency. Many fiberglass doors contain a solid polyurethane foam core for better insulation to block heat, cold and noise.
Varieties of Fiberglass Doors
The insulation helps to lower utility bills and also prevents water infiltration. Fiberglass doors are easy to install. Most look like wood and come ready to paint or stain. They are available with a wide variety of decorative glass panels (including stain glass designs and sidelights), etching, and raised gold-edged designs, as well as a choice of door hardware to match any decor.
For further information on fiberglass window shutters see the following article from HomeDoctor.net: Window Shutters - Fiberglass.