Let’s talk about fiberglass and doors today. They sound like they have little to do with each other, of course, and whenever fiberglass gets mentioned in regards to building materials, people often grimace, assuming fiberglass is a “cheap”, fragile material. Fiberglass gets a bad rap, and today, we’re going to do our part to remedy this.
Specifically, we’re going to remedy the shying away from this material when it comes to doors. There are a myriad of reasons for choosing this material in modern times, and people so rarely give fiberglass enough of a chance to hear these reasons out, sadly.
At JDT Construction, we’ve worked with all kinds of doors over the decades, ranging wildly in styles, form factors and manufacturing materials, and we’ve seen a thing or two regarding these. We’ve also seen more than anyone else how much of a peril it is to choose the wrong kind of doors.
People overlook just how important a door is to your home, beyond serving as security, privacy and a barrier against nature. Doors play a major role in your home’s overall aesthetic, just as your siding, windows, and roof do. As people enter your home, these make a first impression, the gates to your domain.
Of course, the aesthetic quality of your home overall says a lot about you, as your home is the one place where you can mostly be yourself, under no professional nor social scrutiny, more or less. Our homes reflect our attitudes and our truest identities.
Beyond this, they impact your resale value, and they also have major effects on the energy efficiency of your home (and thus financial concerns above and beyond insurance and property value). If you’ve ever seen a home with dirty, degraded, or out-of-style doors on an otherwise nice façade, you know just what a foreboding impression this can have.
What has this got to do with fiberglass, though? Well, believe it or not, Therma-Tru fiberglass doors address all these problems significantly, as fiberglass is actually a really nice material. The reason it’s gotten such a bad reputation is its questionable use in vehicle bodies and other things that it’s just not designed for. For a door? Well, let’s look at the four main reasons why this is a truly advanced innovation.
#1 – Beauty
Fiberglass is a “liquid” when it’s first brewed, and things are made of it through a handful of processes, such as spraying onto jigs, or injection/pressure molding. This means that it can take on any texture or shape that you want, within the domain of physics. It can also have pigmentation added, thus eliminating the need for short-lived paint jobs.
The result is that you can have extremely attractive doors that look extravagant and expensive, but are quite affordable and durable. You can have just about any color you want, and mimic just about any material as well. Given how important the aesthetic of your doors is (we touched on that, recall), this is actually pretty fantastic.
#2 – Strength
Fiberglass has this inaccurate reputation of “crumpling” when cars have accidents. Well, that particular form of fiberglass isn’t designed to be that tough, because the crumpling absorbs shock and saves lives. Fiberglass used in doors is a different breed of the polymer altogether, and it is very tough.
In truth, fiberglass is second only to titanium or some forms of stone. It can stand up to aggressive intruders attempting to kick it in, it can hold out against serious weather (and the flying debris this can toss about), and can’t be tampered with easily for burglaries.
Tough fiberglass like this isn’t difficult to produce – the easily-crumpled variation in vehicles is actually a newer invention. You see this kind of fiberglass in use all over, and it’s so tough and pleasing to the touch that you likely mistook it for metal, wood or something else you more commonly expect to see in use.
#3 – Efficiency
Fiberglass is very insulative, far more so than many forms of wood or metal. Like windows, doors have a bad habit of radiating heat, as you may have noticed by a door being frigid in winter, or very warm in the summer, despite the climate control keeping your interior toasty or cool.
Fiberglass, which usually also utilizes a neutral gas filler inside, doesn’t do this nearly as heavily, meaning your AC or heat stays put, and isn’t wasted on energy transfers like this. Again, this is a natural aspect of the material, and has caused its use to be common, without people even realizing they’re seeing fiberglass at all.
#4 – Durability
On top of being tough and efficient, fiberglass is also a long-lived material. Unlike metal or wood, fiberglass doesn’t notice UV radiation very much, nor does it really succumb to thermal expansion from wild temperature fluctuations.
On top of this, given the pigmentation is a natural part of the material as it’s made, you needn’t worry about colors fading in your lifetime, nor peeling off over the years. Your fiberglass door will look as new and gorgeous as the day it was installed, even if you live in a place with weather that tries the resolve of your materials persistently.
At JDT Construction, we’ve installed just about any kind of door you can imagine, and as a result, we’ve seen the strengths and weaknesses of all these different materials firsthand over that time.
We’re proud to offer these advanced, durable and dependable doors, and not only that, but we highly recommend them above pretty much any other type of door. We believe in providing our customers with something they can depend on for years, and that has resulted in our standards for brands being tremendously high.
JDT Construction, we’ve made it our mission to be the company you can rely on, and that’s only possible if the materials we use are equally dependable.
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