Your entry door is more than just the gateway to your home. It is important in many different ways. It adds to curb appeal, it offers security, blocks out noise and harsh weather conditions as well gives a certain aesthetic appeal to your home. A lot of people tend to go with whatever their contractor prefers when it comes to front door installation, but this should ideally be a well researched decision that you can take on your own.
Entry doors can be made from a number of materials- steel, wood, fibreglass and normal glass. All of these have their own merits and demerits, of course, so there is no one material that can give you everything with zero disadvantages. That is just how home fixtures work. Among all these materials, fibreglass is not generally used a lot, despite the many benefits a fibreglass entry door possesses. Some of these are:
- It is durable.
Fibreglass is not like wood; it does not decompose or wear over time. Homeowners put in a lot of money into their homes and home fixtures, so if they have to deal with rot and wear after only a few years, it is disheartening indeed. Fibreglass doors are manufactured with foam core technology, which binds the frame and skin of the door all together so that it is much more structurally strong and resistant to wear and tear.
- It is not heavy.
The problem with glass and steel doors is that while they offer many benefits, they are very heavy to handle. In this regard, fibreglass doors are quite lightweight. They do not need a lot of energy to be pushed; even small children can open them with ease. This lightweight nature reduces the tensile stress on the hinges of the door, making sure that the door opens seamlessly without any creaking or sticking.
- It is resistant to different kinds of weather.
Another parameter where fibreglass trumps both wood and steel, is its resistance to weather conditions. Whether it is swelteringly hot outside, or raining non-stop, or the ground is buried under inches of snow, you fibreglass entry door will perform normally. It is not affected by moisture; it does not rot nor expand and contract with heat levels. Fibreglass isn’t susceptible to corrosion or infestation by insects either.
- It offers security.
Fibreglass may be lightweight but it is not easy to break through. Most fibreglass doors are manufactured to offer much more security than other wooden or glass doors, as they are fitted with steel plates which make the possibility of forced entry almost negligible.
- It is energy efficient.
You can fund an entire renovation with the amount of money you pay for your utility bills every year due to bad appliances and fixtures. Fibreglass doors usually come with insulated cores, which drastically reduce heat transfer. Triple pane glass further reduces heat loos while maintaining optimum visibility, as well as blocks noise. This means that your heating system does not need to work extra to cover up heat loss from your door, saving you a lot on your energy expenses.