A homes entry door is often the first impression that the world has of a persons home. Having an upgraded entryway can increase the curb appeal of a house and help give the appearance that the home is worth much more money than a neighbor without the upgraded entry door. The impact of an entry door can increase the value of a home 4 – 6 times of what you paid for the entry door investment.
Entry doors not only increase the perceived value of a home they also have a lot of practical value. Entry doors add value to the home, entry doors add safety to a home and entry doors also offer weather resistance.
Entry doors are made out of many different products. Wood, Fiberglass, and steel are the most common. Each have there own benefits. The fiberglass door category is gaining the most popularity. The reason why fiberglass entry doors are becoming very popular and the material of choice is due to there durability and low maintenance. Home builders and home owners that are remodeling want exterior products that do not require future care. Fiberglass doors also offer the highest energy efficiency out of all the materials that doors are made of.
Why Fiberglass Doors
Why are builders and home owners increasingly using fiberglass doors? Entry doors that are made out of fiberglass are the most energy efficient, offer a stunning first impression, will not rot or rust and most have a great warranty.
Most fiberglass doors meet the energy star requirement. Presently Therma Tru Doors is the largest manufacturer of fiberglass and steel doors. The fiberglass entry door Therma Tru Doors has designed are 5 times more energy effecient than wood and 3 times more energy efficient than other fiberglass entry door manufacturers. The high energy rating is due to the polyurethane core. Other entry door manufactures fall short when it comes to energy rating because they use a polysteriene foam in the center of the fiberglass entry door.
Stunning First Impression
Fiberglass entry door manufacturers are helping home owners have a stunning entry area that offers a lot of curb appeal and value. These manufacturers have designed entry doors that look like real wood with out the upkeep. Some of the species of wood that fiberglass entry doors look like are oak, mahogany, douglas fir, and alder. Therma Tru doors has designed a grain that they call a Rustic line.
Part of the entry door unit that makes a great impression is the glass. There are countless styles of decorative glass designs to choose from. Many of the designs are available with different coming colors. One of the most popular looks for the entry door is using a wrought iron design in the glass.
The look and beauty of the entry door is also enhanced by the type of finish that is put on the door. Fiberglass entry doors can be stained or painted. Staining a fiberglass entry door can add a dramatic look to your door.
Rot and Rust
Entry doors made from wood will rot, crack, check and split. Entry doors made from steel will rust and dent. Entry doors made from fiberglass will not rot, crack, check, split, rust or dent like wood and steel doors.
Therma Tru Doors has a lifetime warranty on there textured fiberglass doors that is second to none. If a decorative glass is also part of the entry door the glass will assume the warranty of the door panel.
Jeld Wen manufacturers a fiberglass door that has a 25 year warranty. Jeld Wen also manufactures a beautiful looking and one of the nicest looking fiberglass entry door under the name IWP Aurora. This door usually comes prefinished. The actual door has a lifetime warranty but they consider the lifetime to be 5 years. The warranty after 5 years is pro-rated they will pay a portion of the current price.
The Warranties that fiberglass manufactures have given to the doors is far superior to wood and steel doors.
The advice to someone who may purchase a fiberglass entry doors and is trying to compare warranties is:
– Find out what the door warranty is.
– Then the glass warranty. If you are going to have decorative glass.
– Finally look into what the warranty of the components are. Pay particularly attention to locks and the jambs. Some jambs will have a non rot material at the bottom of the jamb.