Your entry door offers guests the first impression of your home so you want to choose your new door thoughtfully. The ideal door is a blend of beauty and security. Entry doors are made from a variety of materials, but, in particular, have benefits worth considering.
Fiberglass doors are ideal for humid weather conditions and strong winds from winter snow and hail. Below are a few reasons why you may want to consider fiberglass when you have your old door replaced.
Fiberglass Withstands Rain and Dampness
Dampness doesn’t ruin fiberglass like it does with other types of doors. Wooden doors swell in high humidity and can cause sticking in the frame. Plus, wood can rot if it is wet for a prolonged time. This not only affects the appearance of the door, it can also weaken the outer frame.
A strong frame is critical for home security and for protection against strong and sustained winds in Canadian weather. Steel doors don’t rot, but they can rust under humid conditions in places where they are scratched or damaged. Fiberglass doors do not rust, rot, or even succumb to damage from insects.
The Doors Are Strong and Durable
Fiberglass is used to make impact doors. It is a very strong building material, and that’s important when you live in an area that’s threatened with the possibility of strong storms or hurricanes. Fiberglass doors stand up to forceful winds and they also hold strong against flying debris.
If you’re looking for an impact entry door, then look for a door marked with a label that states it’s built to hurricane code and rated for impact resistance. This gives you assurance the door will stand up to violent weather as best as possible.
An important benefit of the strength of fiberglass besides storm protection is that it can stand up to intruders as well. Fiberglass doesn’t dent, and with a strong frame and sturdy locks supporting the door, it is extremely difficult to break down.
Fiberglass Doors Are Attractive
To a lot of people it may seem like a sturdy entry door has to be boring and unattractive, but that’s not the case. Such doors are often made with color and texture to resemble solid wood doors. You may not even be able to tell the difference except when it comes to the way the doors age over time.
They can even have windows in them for decorative purposes. Windows can be impact-resistant too. The doors can have matching sidelights or a transom.
For a decorative touch, consider adding an aluminum scroll panel with a faux finish that mimics the look of expensive wrought iron. Your door can look like a high-end wood and iron door while requiring only a fraction of the maintenance.
These Doors Are Energy Efficient
Fiberglass doors are more energy efficient than solid wood because of the way they’re made with an inner core of insulation. With less swelling and shrinking due to temperature fluctuations, a fiberglass door stays tight in the frame to prevent air leaks. To make sure the door you choose is energy efficient, look for an Energy Star label on the door.
Also, look for a label from the National Fenestration Ratings Council. This organization rates doors according to how energy efficient they are when it comes to resisting solar heating and preventing heat loss from the inside.
Shopping for a new entry door can be confusing, especially if your primary concern is only how the door complements your home. You might not understand what the labels for impact resistance and energy efficiency mean when it comes to how the door will perform in your home.
When you’re ready to buy a new fiberglass doors, talk to the experts at Eco choice Doors and Windows for guidance with your selection followed by quality installation. Ensure your home is ready for another season of unpredictable tropical weather with a new entry door that offers protection while looking beautiful too.