Fiberglass offers many advantages as a building material for an exterior door. Wood is known for its beauty, and steel for its strength, but modern fiberglass has improved quite a bit over the last few decades, with an emphasis on visual appeal, strength and durability.
Why is Fiberglass Better than Wood for Exterior Doors?
Fiberglass has none of wood’s problems with warping, fading, scratching, and rot. Plus, fiberglass doors can be manufactured to look like painted exterior wood doors, but have strength that outweighs wood in terms of weathering, aging and general wear and tear.
Exterior fiberglass doors also typically cost less than exterior wood doors do and can even be customized to have a woodgrain texture that mimics a desired species. Also, because fiberglass doors are non-porous, they’re far superior to wood entry doors in resisting damage from the environment.
Fiberglass doors are also more energy efficient than wood and can be built to be fire doors as well. When paired with the right glass, storefront doors made of fiberglass can create an attractive, strong, low-maintenance and secure storefront door system.
Fiberglass Doors Outdo Exterior Steel Doors as Well
Modern fiberglass can be customized to approximate the strength of steel. With the right commercial-grade door hardware and locks, it can deter break-ins. And unlike outer steel doors, exterior doors made of fiberglass don’t dent, so they won’t start to look beat up as they age.
And unlike steel, which can corrode in wet environments, fiberglass is fine to use in cold and damp conditions; it’s built to last and won’t require maintenance or refinishing.
Fiberglass Combines the Versatility of both Wood & Metal
You might not think it, but fiberglass is also known for its versatility; it comes in a variety of sizes, finishes and styles. You can also choose exterior fiberglass doors with windows to let some natural light in. You’re sure to find the right fit for your door with an inspired factory finish to complement your building’s entryway. You can also choose factory-primed doors that you can stain or paint to suit your tastes.
Exterior Fiberglass Doors are Greener than their Counterparts
Fiberglass doors also have an environmental edge. They reduce heat transfer, boosting energy efficiency. Plus, the fact that they last so long means yours should endure for years, diminishing the need to create waste by having to repair or replace your storefront door often.
SACS DOOR & GATE CORP can help you choose the best exterior fiberglass door for your commercial, industrial or institutional needs. Ask one of our expert commercial exterior door installers for their advice, and learn all about the advantages of a fiberglass exterior door and how it can offer security, energy efficiency and good looks.