When shopping for a new entry door, Long Island , one of the choices you’ll need to make is the material for the door. In today’s door market, there are many options. I’m going to focus on comparing the most popular choices: wood and fiberglass.

 

A wood door is usually made with a thin piece of plywood or laminate on either side with a thicker piece of hardboard backer behind it. The core is an energy efficient polyurethane designed to insulate. The panels are generally done with thicker plywood and wood pieces (much like cabinetry). This is the most efficient way to build a wood door in our climate; however, it does come with many problems especially in our climate.

 

Anytime real wood (especially plywood or laminates) is exposed to the elements there will be problems. It won’t be maintenance-free, and it will need to be refinished down the road. The thin laminates or plywood usually can’t be sanded or can be sanded and refinished only a minimum number of times. The coverings will absorb moisture (many times from the inside, behind the protective clear coat finish) and they will peel or bubble out. Fading is always going to be a problem. A storm door will be necessary, but will also cause problems with the greenhouse heat it will create between the new entry door and the storm door’s glass.

 

Fiberglass is a relatively new material in doors today, Long Island. It’s very low maintenance, resists denting and scratching, and is very strong and secure. It also offers a wood grain if you desire a wood-look. (Oak, Mahogany, Cherry and Fir )

 

Quality is huge in fiberglass doors (much like wood doors). Stay away from the cheap brands if possible. Cheap fiberglass may crack (especially in cold weather) and fall apart. Its finish may deteriorate quickly and the inner core could rot. If you’re looking for a cheap door, consider the inexpensive steel ones first.

 

Another benefit to fiberglass is that unlike wood and steel, it doesn’t need to be finished to be considered low maintenance. Fiberglass, even when left unfinished, will last for years without fears of mold, deterioration, or rust.

 

A very important thing to note in fiberglass doors is the quality of their wood grain. Royal Windows and Doors makes the most impressive wood grain in a fiberglass door to date. This is called random depth graining, and is combined with thicker, more detailed panels and real wood square side panels to top it off.

 

Most fiberglass doors such as those found at home stores will offer only one or two depth wood graining. In combination with a cheaper grade fiberglass and cheaper panels, you could purchase a wood grained fiberglass door for only a few hundred dollars.

 

Long Island, although this may seem like a great deal, don’t be fooled. These doors have nowhere near the realistic wood graining and are not built to last. About 50% of our business comes from replacing these types of doors in newer homes because of door failures or because the homeowner’s simply wanted a better looking and working door.
The photos bellow show the existing wood door inside the house and out. You will notice the fading on the outside and the masking tape covered door panel on the inside.

 

Before Photo Wood Door Interior

Before Photo Wood Door Interior

Before Photo Wood Door Exterior

Before Photo Wood Door Exterior

After Photo Royal Fiberglass Door Interior

After Photo Royal Fiberglass Door Interior

After photo Royal Fiberglass Entry Door Exterior

After photo Royal Fiberglass Entry Door Exterior