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Replacing a Wood Door with a Fiberglass Door
Home Home Home Improvement
By: Vernon Stanford Email Article
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Home renovators who are upgrading, or constructing a home, must deal with an unprecedented proliferation of decisions. One of the utmost key decisions may be the kind of front door to install. The style of the architecture of a house is strongly affected by the front entryway.

Luckily, the contemporary homeowner has essentially an unlimited number of choices in the kind of front door. One of these is related to the building material for the door, of which there exists three basic types : steel, wood and fiberglass. Steel doors have natural resistance to humidity or high temperatures, and therefore are an excellent choice. Steel doors are difficult to batter down, and do not warp if the weather proves too wet. Nevertheless, steel doors have the detracting property of conducting cold, and can get scratched easily. On a warm day, the steel door can get hot to the touch. On a cold day, indoor warmth can be transmitted and radiated to the outside via the steel door. The second type is a wood door. Not surprisingly, a door made of wood over time will display a lot of use, from scratches to bubbles. Wood also contains wood chemical bonds that are quickly broken down by some wavelengths of light. Resanding can repair superficial damage, but there may be no method to fix structuralmajor damage like warpage. Homeowners concerned about these problems can rather go for a fiberglass door. Some will want the texture of wood on a front door and wonder whether fiberglass can live up to the artistic requirements. But modern high quality construction methods allows texture of wood to be replicated effectively.

The nature of fiberglass is clear in its name: thin filaments of glass tied together, bonded by polyesters, and amalgamated to create myriad shapes. One of the materials, glass, can exist in both soft and hard states at high and low temperatures respectively. When solid, it is a see-through, brittle material composed of amorphous silicates. To become its curious filamentous shape, glass can be draw into thin threads, which makes it easy to be controlled and built-up into any shape wanted. To help joining the glass filaments, plastic epoxies is added in. Even though production of very narrow glass filaments is an ancient skill, only in recent times have individuals thought to manufacture composite materials by mixing glass with plastic epoxies. The final "fiberglass" is a tough material so it resists compression and extension, which are properties of glass and plastics only individually.

This information implies picking a fiberglass entry door is not simple, as the facile nature of fiberglass ends up in a tremendous number of options in design. A fiberglass door has equal or higher energy efficiencies as wood without the extreme thermal conductivity of steel. They also can be manufactured so as to mimic the texture of wood. A change in the manner front doors are hung up has also co-occurred with the introduction of fiberglass doors. In the past, a single piece of wood may be substituted in for the existing door by lifting the existing one and putting in the replacement on the old frame (or jamb). The latest trend is to install with an entire "entry system", a practice that has acquired acceptance in recent. The whole exterior jamb of the door, threshhold-interface, and sealing material, bound by hinges and locksets, are packaged with the entry system. Many of the problems associated with thermal transmittance and radiation through the door are avoided, as manufacturing processes for an entire package of the entry system eliminates incompatible pieces that lead to heat-loss. Choosing fiberglass entry doors implies choosing affordability in addition to long-life and attractiveness.

Vernon Stanford, the author of this article, runs a fiberglass exterior doors site where he posts various items on construction.

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