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    Exterior Door? Fiberglass,,, or,,, Steel?

    I need to replace two exterior doors,, both are on outbuildings. I need help deciding which to buy.

    I lost both doors because I did not have gutters, splashing water rotted both doors.

    Mostly, the need for doors is to keep leaves from blowing in,,
    Thermal performance is of no concern.

    Better security would be nice.

    What I have found so far is;
    Both types of door are priced similarly.
    Both are considered better than wood.

    My wife likes the shaker style 6 pane door, so the style is pretty much set.

    So, should I get steel, or fiberglass!!??
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    I need to replace two exterior doors,, both are on outbuildings. I need help deciding which to buy.

    I lost both doors because I did not have gutters, splashing water rotted both doors.

    Mostly, the need for doors is to keep leaves from blowing in,,
    Thermal performance is of no concern.

    Better security would be nice.

    What I have found so far is;
    Both types of door are priced similarly.
    Both are considered better than wood.

    My wife likes the shaker style 6 pane door, so the style is pretty much set.

    So, should I get steel, or fiberglass!!??
    Steel is what I recommend and use. The door will last forever. Its the jambs that are the issue. We wrap everything with aluminum including the brickmold. Keep it sealed (where the aluminum wrap meets the jamb and threshold) and it will outlive you. Neglect it and you will be very disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozsey View Post
    Steel is what I recommend and use. The door will last forever. Its the jambs that are the issue. We wrap everything with aluminum including the brickmold. Keep it sealed (where the aluminum wrap meets the jamb and threshold) and it will outlive you. Neglect it and you will be very disappointed.

    When I was at Lowes, I asked about a pre-hung door with non-wood brick mold.
    The guy said he could special order it like that,, but,
    the up-charge was 5X the price of just buying PVC brick mold, and replacing it.

    Yea, the reason the doors are gone is that there were no gutters,,
    I have gutters now,, but, I got to do a little better job of keeping the sticks out of the gutters!!

    I do not want to start this project, until I have a couple good days to get paint on.
    But, this is a great time to pre-plan,,,
    Pre-plan is another term for finding out what the wife likes!!
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    We lost a couple of steel doors at the church because of rusting at the bottom and the frame rotted, no porch and storm side of building. Several years ago I ordered the new door with pressure treated wood 2' up from the bottom. Plus the steel was suppose to have a better seal or coating on the paint. Cann't remember all the details sorry. Last year we replaced the front door with a fiberglass at the church it has a porch overhead .

    Guessing 20 yrs ago now inlaws had outside of their house remodeled. We put a Fiberglass door on the front of their house , it has a screen door in front of it , noticed I will need to take the door off this summer and redo the gel stain. Have had no issues with any of them.

    If you have a local company that sells windows and doors ask them if they should be able to order the better grade door made for areas like you and I mentioned. IMO for me the big box stores. sells person ,don't always know what is going on . So do but are in to big a hurry to take the time and to look up the info , they just have 2 or 3 doors companies they deal with , at least that has always been my feelings from the big box stores. Besides I would rather help the Mom and Pap stores keep their doors open , majority of the time their price is better than Lowes or HD . Just read about 5x times the price for special order brick mold. Ours at the church came with fiberglass brick mold, pressure treated lower half , special coating and better gauge metal for I'm thinking $30-50 more than standard door from Lowes

    Lowe charges up the A$$ for any special order item , doesn't matter a door , bathroom or kitchen faucet. Years ago we found a set of Delta faucets for (thinking) $229 at HD but they were out of stock. Couple days later in Lowes same faucet special order over $350.00 . A few days later I stopped at a local plumbing and heating business , bought same faucets $175.00.
    Over the years I've checked on several items from Lowes , all special order, they were out of this world on price.

    IMO Find a local owned business , they can be your best friend for saving you money.

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    If you do not have gutters, go with either steel or fiberglass doors that do not have exposed wood frames between the skins. If the doors have any exposed wood, the wood will rot, no matter what type of skin they have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    If the doors have any exposed wood, the wood will rot, no matter what type of skin they have.
    Yep, need to replace mine even with 48" overhang (no gutters). Dents show up on steel doors more than fiberglass, if that matters. Have steel on my shop & shed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    I need to replace two exterior doors,, both are on outbuildings. I need help deciding which to buy.

    I lost both doors because I did not have gutters, splashing water rotted both doors.

    Mostly, the need for doors is to keep leaves from blowing in,,
    Thermal performance is of no concern.

    Better security would be nice.

    What I have found so far is;
    Both types of door are priced similarly.
    Both are considered better than wood.

    My wife likes the shaker style 6 pane door, so the style is pretty much set.

    So, should I get steel, or fiberglass!!??
    I would go with the commercial Steel W/steel frame, With security hinges that can't removed without door being in open position, Then as a matter of security I'd make sure it is a swing out door. As they don't kick in as easily and really difficult to pull open? When exiting from inside much better to swing open than trying to open if something is against it from inside as well.

    Just a thought!

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    If the door will be exposed to direct sunlight in the summer months, go with steel. IME, Fiberglass doors get super-heated to the point where you can't even touch them in the hot summer sun.
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