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3 Reasons to Choose Fiberglass Entry Doors

One of the easiest ways to upgrade the look of your home's exterior is to install a new front door; after all, your home's entry way is usually the first part of your home that people see and touch. Choose your replacement material wisely. While wood is traditional, fiberglass entry doors offer a number of benefits over their natural counterparts.

The Benefits of Fiberglass Doors

If you want to replace your home's old wooden door, consider the benefits of fiberglass entry doors:

  1. Cost. While you can spend thousands of dollars on a wooden door, most fiberglass entry doors are much more reasonably priced. In fact, you can buy a traditional looking fiberglass door with glass panels for as little as $200 from well known companies like JELD-WEN. Other companies like Masonite and Therma-Tru manufacture hundreds of styles of fiberglass entry doors, and many of their popular door styles only cost about $600. If you want a front door with side lights and custom shaped glass, then you may have to spend upwards of $1500, but that's still less than a comparable wood door.
  2. Maintenance. Unlike wood doors, fiberglass entry doors don't require much maintenance. Although fiberglass doors can be painted or stained almost any color you choose, they don't have to sand and refinish them every few years.
  3. Performance. Fiberglass doors are usually insulated with rigid foam, which insulates better than solid wood. Plus, you are less likely to notice air leaks around a fiberglass door, because, unlike wood doors, they resist bowing and warping with the seasonal temperature changes.

If you want to paint your door a custom color, choose a ready-to-paint fiberglass door that requires no priming. Your other option is to buy a front door that comes factory-finished. There are dozens of durable finishes to choose from and some of them mimic the look of wood so well that most visitors to your home will never know the difference.