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Global Home Improvement Case Studies: Would ProVia's Fiberglass or Steel Door be right for your home?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Michael Gabrian

Challenge

When you’re choosing a new entry door for your home, it’s important to find a door that balances style, energy efficiency, and security. ProVia offers four lines of fiberglass and steel doors, all with several customizable options that help you find a door that suits your home.

How do you decide between steel and fiberglass though? They’re both strong materials and would make for excellent doors. Let’s go over some of the similarities and differences and figure out which door would be best for your home.

The similarities between fiberglass and steel doors

When looking at the design of both materials, both have several options. ProVia’s fiberglass and steel doors can both come with wood textures and smooth, painted colors. They both offer a variety of glass options as well.

When it comes to energy efficiency, both fiberglass and steel doors are much more efficient than wood. Both material types come with highly energy efficient cores and ComforTech window glazing options to reduce heat loss.

Steel and fiberglass doors also share strong, durable natures. They both resist cracking and warping that wood typically sees. Both fiberglass and steel doors resist everyday wear and tear.

The differences between fiberglass and steel doors

Fiberglass and steel doors have their similarities in benefits but each material has clear advantages and differences from the other. For example, though both doors offer wood grain textures and smooth painted finishes, Fiberglass tends to mimic wood textures more closely and they offer more glass and decorative glass options than steel.

Security is a big factor in choosing doors for your home, and though a properly installed fiberglass door offers superior protection over wood doors, steel doors offer the strength to give homeowners with home security concerns peace of mind.

When looking at endurance and maintenance, both fiberglass and steel doors resist warping and cracking, but fiberglass doors offer superior resistance to wear and tear and less required maintenance. One downside of steel doors is that scratches through the galvanization can cause rusting if not taken care of. At that same time, fiberglass doors can crack if struck hard enough, while steel doors are very secure and strong.

Solution

Which door material is right for you?

When it comes down to choosing between a steel and fiberglass door, there really isn’t a wrong choice for you. I would just consider what I’m looking for in my door and how much I’m willing to spend. Fiberglass doors can cost a bit more depending on how much customizing you want to do with it.

If you want an authentic-looking, extravagant door that closely resembles wood, ProVia’s Signet or Heritage fiberglass might be the best choice. If you want a door with a focus on security and affordability, ProVia’s Legacy steel door might be best. Keep in mind, both steel and fiberglass offer superior durability, energy efficiency, security, etc.

Another factor in the quality of your door is how well it’s installed. For an estimate on a professional ProVia entry door installation, give us a call today.

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