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Old 11-07-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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I am about to replace my entry door and was trying to figure out if id like a steel or fiberglass door. Are there any advantages or disadvantages between the two? Is fiberglass hurricane rated? Is fiberglass easy to stain? Is either one more secure than the other? Thanks for the help.

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I am about to replace my entry door and was trying to figure out if id like a steel or fiberglass door. Are there any advantages or disadvantages between the two?
Fiberglass: Usually dent-resistant. Won't rust at the seams (like metal doors can)

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Is fiberglass hurricane rated?
I believe they can be - Check with particular manufacturers about their door ratings.

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Is either one more secure than the other? Thanks for the help.
That would be a matter of personal opinion. Check with manufacturers.

I am sure that there will be some helpfull suggestion from others...

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The security of the doors are the same. How secure they are, is based on how they are installed and the quality of the lock and how that's installed.
Most of the doors I see can be popped open with a good kick or shoulder. But theives will generally not enter the house like marauding Huns. Back of the house, first floor windows are less likely to draw attention.
I'm sure there are some web sites that will give you direction on a secure installation.
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If its somewhat protected from the weather I like the steel doors for the magnetic weather strip which seals pretty good. Fiberglass looks really nice though and is a little lighter weight wise. We just did some special lite fiberglass units and they were very nice lookin.

Just remember to block good between the frame and rough opening around the area that your locks will go. That will give some good meat to run some long screws into.
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Thanks for the replys. Sounds like its basically a preference thing but in the long run a fiberglass door will last a bit longer since it wont rust. But i still am not 100% on what i want yet.
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Thanks for the replys. Sounds like its basically a preference thing but in the long run a fiberglass door will last a bit longer since it wont rust. But i still am not 100% on what i want yet.
Properly sealed, rust will not be an issue. They come primed and need to be top coated within about 45 days. If memory serves on the Stanley doors I've put in.
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Properly sealed, rust will not be an issue. They come primed and need to be top coated within about 45 days. If memory serves on the Stanley doors I've put in.
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Fiberglass, hands down for me. Properly primed and painted or not, the steel door will rust out along the bottom between 5 to 8 years. Have two of those rusting pieces of crap on my house right now.
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.... Properly primed and painted or not, the steel door will rust out along the bottom between 5 to 8 years. Have two of those rusting pieces of crap on my house right now.
Agreed.
All I can say is that I can't go into the number of steel doors that we have replaced in commercial, industrial, and residential jobs, with rust....regardless of the quality of the paint work, or the regular paint maintenance performed on them ....

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Fiberglass, hands down for me. Properly primed and painted or not, the steel door will rust out along the bottom between 5 to 8 years. Have two of those rusting pieces of crap on my house right now.
What manufacturer did you use? I have a Stanley door on the garage for 12 years and no rust. Clopay metal doors (2) also on the garage for 15 and no rust.
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What manufacturer did you use? I have a Stanley door on the garage for 12 years and no rust. Clopay metal doors (2) also on the garage for 15 and no rust.
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They actually are Stanley doors. The two rusting ones are exposed to the weather, but a set of double doors into a storage area under a carport is in excellent shape, of course even cardboard would last if painted and protected by twenty feet of roof.

It does seem though that the garage doors last better, but they still dent too easily for me.
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...The two rusting ones are exposed to the weather, but a set of double doors into a storage area under a carport is in excellent shape, of course even cardboard would last if painted and protected by twenty feet of roof.
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I was thinking the exact same point - in regards to ''why'' some steel doors can age gracefully, and why some die at an early age....

The point is: Why take the chance of rust with a steel door? ....
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Steel door provides secure and durable exterior entry, heavier and sturdy while fiberglass has a true resemblance of a real wood door. Steel doors are much stronger than wood or fiberglass. It won't crack, warp, twist or rot while fiberglass won't dent, crack, split or splinter and it also resists shrinking and swelling with temperature changes.

just an FYI...cheers!

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