Fiberglass Front Doors with Wood Beauty

January 03, 2010

What's the worst thing in the world for your door? Is it water, extreme temperatures, insects or sunlight? If you have a fiberglass exterior door, it really doesn't matter, as fiberglass is resistant to each and every one of those! Fiberglass exterior doors first appeared in residential construction in the 1990's, and since that time, they've made quite a name for themselves.

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But while they offer resistance to the door's worst enemies, they don't have the look and feel of a wood exterior door. Or do they? Fiberglass exterior doors now offer a wood veneer that can be added to the interior portion of the door, giving you the best of both worlds. In addition, new manufacturing techniques offer the look and feel of wood to the exterior.

Fiberglass exterior doors can not only be painted just as a wood door, but they can also be stained as well. The new wood simulating techniques make it difficult to tell, even at close range, whether the door is wood or fiberglass. In fact, one of the options available on fiberglass doors is an embossed wood grain texture to make it even more difficult to tell the difference. The edge treatments on the higher quality fiberglass exterior doors offer the best look-alike to wood doors, edging out steel and other materials.

With only a few decades of residential use, fiberglass exterior doors are quickly taking front and center stage in residential construction. Homeowners are catching on to the advantages of fiberglass, and with energy efficiency and durability becoming more important to value-conscious consumers, they are poised to become even more popular in the years to come.

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