You can think of your front door as the focal point of your home as viewed from the street or on approach from your driveway. If it's tired looking, nondescript or otherwise flawed, it can detract from both the curb appeal and -- by extension -- the perceived value of your home. That's how important your front door is!
There are all sorts of front doors to choose from these days -- timber, aluminum, fiberglass, steel, etc. You may know what you want from an aesthetic standpoint, but what about from a material standpoint. Do you know which materials hold up best in harsh climates, for example? How about which materials are most subject to damage? And although price is almost certainly a consideration when you're shopping for a new front door, it's important to look at cost from both a short-term and a long-term perspective. After all, you may save money at purchase when you buy a less expensive door, but if you have to replace it in a few years because it doesn't hold up, you could actually end up spending more than you would have by simply choosing a more durable option at the start!
That makes the idea of doing a little "homework" by researching front door materials, seem like a very good idea if you want to get the most "bang for your buck"! You'll want to look at what options are available in terms of materials, and what their vulnerabilities are as well as their strengths. Only then can you determine which material will best fit your budget and your expectations.
We've got 10 very good reasons for feeling biased towards a composite Fibreglass door ...
1. They're customizable.
2. They're built tougher than most other types of doors, making them more durable in harsh climates.
3. They can be produced to look like timber.
4. They're available in a wide array of colours and styles.
5. They're filled with insulating foam, making them far more energy-efficient than a timber door. (In fact, a windowless fibreglass door has 5 times the insulating value of a typical solid timber door.)
6. You can paint them, which means you can change them every few years if you want a new look.
7. They resist denting (which is a real problem with less expensive aluminum or metal doors).
8. They're low-maintenance (because who needs another home maintenance chore to deal with?)!
9. They maintain their good condition longer than most other doors which need maintenance and repairs to last as long.
10. They won't rust, buckle, warp, peel or bubble!
Let's examine a few of these benefits a little more closely ...
A Fibreglass Door That Looks Like a Real Timber Door?
Really?. Is it possible to manufacture a fibreglass door that really and truly looks like a timber door? You bet it is! There's a new technology that can accurately duplicate the grain of real wood. Many fibreglass door manufacturers now use it, and even door experts aren't always able to tell right away whether the door they're looking at is actually timber or fibreglass.
Concerned with Security? A Fibreglass Door is Super Secure!
When installed properly, a fibreglass door is more secure than other door materials. Fibreglass door frames have twice the screw-holding power of timber. Add in the fact that fibreglass doesn't deteriorate or weaken over time like timber or metal doors can, all of which adds up to a very secure front door -- provided you also install a good lock mechanism, of course!
The Price Factor
We won't lie. Most high-quality fibreglass doors are going to cost you more up front than other front door options. But again, when you factor in the fact that they far outlast doors made of other materials all while saving you time and money on maintenance and repairs, they typically are worth the initial higher cost.
An Eco-Friendly Alternative?
Many fibreglass doors are manufactured without CFCs, so you end up with a door that won't harm the environment. (Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are made up of methane, ethane and propane, and are heavily regulated by some governments because of their destructive effects on the Earth's ozone layer.)
If you look at the average expected lifespans of front doors manufactured from timber, aluminum and fibreglass, you'll find each can last for decades. However, of the three materials, only fibreglass will do so without requiring periodic maintenance and repairs.
You Be the Judge
To be fair, there's nothing wrong with a beautiful timber door. In fact, many people love the warm look of a timber door so much that it's the only thing they'll consider for the front door to their home. And in fact timber doors do have many good qualities. They're easily repaired, have a warm, natural appearance, and are an extremely popular choice in front doors. You just need to be aware of the fact that because wood is a natural material, it's vulnerable to the elements. It can be damaged by moisture and is prone to warping, insect damage, and wood rot. If you're willing to be diligent about maintenance, it's a perfectly good choice.
If, on the other hand, you're as concerned with things like energy efficiency, low-maintenance and durability as you are with simply having a door that looks great, then you really owe it to yourself to explore your options and take a look at some of the beautiful fibreglass front door options that are available in today's marketplace!