Fiberglass vs. Hardwood Entry Doors

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Of all the doors in your home, none are as important as the front entry door. The main entry door is usually the first thing your guests notice and can heavily influence their first impressions. If your current entry door is in poor shape, you should strongly consider getting a new one—but how do you choose what kind of door to buy? Here’s a brief look at the differences between fiberglass and hardwood doors:

Aesthetics

A beautiful front door can increase your home’s value and curb appeal, which are both very important when it comes time to sell your home. Though fiberglass doors are versatile, they can’t convincingly mimic the dark, rich beauty of natural wood doors.

Durability

Fiberglass can resist virtually all chips, cracks, and dings. Though wood doors are more susceptible to damage, they can be repaired fairly easily. Both doors can handle several decades of wind, rain, hail, and dirt.    

Maintenance

Fiberglass doors require almost no maintenance except for the occasional cleaning. Wood doors, on the other hand, require sealing, sanding, and painting or staining in order to stay strong. Still, this necessary maintenance is a relatively small price to pay for such appealing beauty.

Energy Efficiency

Though fiberglass doors are generally considered to be more efficient than wood doors, some woods are better insulators than others. The biggest factors that determine a door’s energy efficiency are the seals and weather stripping along its edges. 

Cost

Generally speaking, fiberglass doors are cheaper than wood doors. This is mainly because fiberglass doors are manufactured in automated factories. Wood doors, on the other hand, generally have a more unique and handmade quality to them. Though wood doors are more expensive, they’re worth every penny.

If you’d like to install a wood or fiberglass door on your property, come by Southern Lumber. We have hundreds of beautiful, durable, and well-crafted doors for you to choose from, as well as a “worry-free” warranty on all door installations. Call us today at (408) 297-9663 and get one step closer to an elegant new front door.  

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