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Fiberglass Front Doors Versus Wood Front Doors

Fiberglass Front Doors Versus Wood Front Doors

Fiberglass Front Doors Versus Wood Front Doors

The entry door on your house serves many purposes, from providing security to your residence and family to improving the appearance of your home and its curb appeal. You may decide to upgrade your front door as part of an exterior renovation plan, or you might realize your home’s front door has reached the end of its lifespan and it’s time to start shopping for fiberglass front doors.

Whatever your reasons for replacing your front door, you’ll find it a valuable exercise to consider a few different types of doors before finalizing your decision. Two popular choices are wood doors, which have been used for millennia, and fiberglass doors, which have become very popular in the last decade.

What You Need to Know About Wood Front Doors

Wood doors are the most common type of doors in use today, and their popularity has only increased with the availability of different styles. From natural-finish wood to custom doors in a variety of wood types like oak, walnut, and cherry, one of the most versatile options you have for your new front door is a wood front door.

At the low-end of the scale, you’ll find doors that are composed of an engineered-wood core at the center and covered in a wood-veneer skin. The purpose in creating a multi-layered door is to reduce the amount of expansion and contraction that occurs as the weather changes. Expansion and contraction can cause warping, and multiple layers help prevent that.

Another type of wood front door you may see is a split construction option where two pieces of wood are laminated together with a core of insulation at the center. These doors are an option to consider if you’re looking to improve the insulation of your home.

At the top of the scale for wood doors are solid-wood doors, which can cost a fair amount more than wood-veneer or split construction options. Solid-wood doors are available in a pre-hung style, or you may choose to have a door made for your entryway (an option if your door space isn’t a standard size).

The Basics About Fiberglass Front Doors

One of the main benefits of choosing fiberglass front doors over traditional wood front doors is that they require very little maintenance even when used in a particularly harsh environment or where there is a lot of humidity that could otherwise warp a wood door.

 

If you’re interested in maintaining the look of your wooden door, you don’t necessarily need to stick with wood for your new front door. It’s easy to find fiberglass front doors that look identical to wood but are virtually maintenance-free. Wood doors often require yearly attention with staining or painting, but fiberglass-composite doors offer long warranties at an affordable price.

Consider the Impact of Windows or a Solid Door

If you’re particularly concerned about security, you might need to consider a solid door. Wood and fiberglass doors are both available in an endless number of designs, from those with large windows within the door to those that are completely solid.

The drawback of having a door that’s completely solid is that it can make it a little difficult to see what’s going on in the front yard if you don’t have conveniently placed windows on the front of your home. A completely solid door – whether made of wood or fiberglass – provides strong security, but it can also make the front of your home feel a little closed off.

  • Do you have kids that play in the front yard frequently?
  • Are you often at home when neighbors come by to visit?
  • Do you enjoy the natural light of windows?

Today’s doors are made to withstand the elements, and they’re also made to provide good security. Windows on your door don’t necessarily invalidate the security features of the door or the protection from intruders your door provides.

The Basics About Fiberglass Front Doors

One of the main benefits of choosing fiberglass front doors over traditional wood front doors is that they require very little maintenance even when used in a particularly harsh environment or where there is a lot of humidity that could otherwise warp a wood door.

 

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Door Replacement in Toronto, Ontario

Door Replacement in Toronto, Ontario

Door Replacement in Toronto, Ontario

Are you interested in enhancing the look and functionality of your Toronto, Ontario home or business? The trick could be to replace your old, drafty front entry and patio doors. At Doors Repair Toronto, we offer the quality replacement doors you’re looking for. We are also committed to providing excellent customer service and meticulous installations to ensure you have a positive experience replacing your doors.

If you’re interested in learning more about the doors we install, or you want to replacement door service in Toronto, please contact us at 647-866-0956 today. We welcome the opportunity to walk you through the products we offer.

Replacement Door Brands Offered

As a non-proprietary door installer, we give our customers the opportunity to sift through products from several of today’s top brands. We encourage questions and comparison shopping to ensure you end up with a product that works best for you. We are the largest Pella dealer in the Toronto area, giving you access to some of the most advanced doors available today. We also install replacement products from the following brands:

  • Krosswood Doors
  • Ironwood Doors
  • Rustica Barn Doors
  • Trimlite Doors
  • Doormerica
  • Any many more!

We Repair & Install ALL Brands

Types of Doors We Replace

Whether your existing doors are damaged, or you’re merely looking to change the aesthetic of your home or increase security, replacement doors could be precisely what you need. At Doors Repair Toronto, we replace all types of doors, including front entry doors, patio doors, and interior doors.

What kind of replacement door are you looking for? Here are the styles and materials we offer:

  • Fiberglass entry doors for the beauty of wood without the maintenance
  • Steel entry doors for superior security, durability, and insulation
  • Wood and wood-clad interior and entry doors for a classic aesthetic that’s hard to beat
  • French interior and entry doors to create a grand entrance into your home, to the back yard, or between rooms
  • Sliding glass patio doors for a smooth transition between your home and your backyard
  • Bi-fold patio doors to create a modern, breathtaking entrance to your garden
  • Commercial storefront doors to increase security and functionality at your business entrance

Benefits of Replacement Doors from Doors Repair Toronto

Great-looking, long-lasting doors are our specialty. We strive to consistently provide quality products and the attentive service you deserve. In fact, our focus on customer satisfaction guarantees a positive experience while working with us. We’ve built our business and our reputation by establishing positive relationships with our customers, and we take tremendous pride in the work we do.

Along with our dedication to customer satisfaction, we also promise that our replacement doors will deliver the following benefits:

  • Long lifespan: The replacement doors we install are manufactured by some of the most trusted companies in the industry. The doors are made from durable materials and crafted with ingenuity to last for many years, even under strenuous conditions. For your peace of mind, we offer a lifetime warranty on all the replacement products we install in your home or business.
  • Enhanced safety and security: With advanced features such as special locking systems, extra-strength latches, and reinforced door jambs, you can expect your replacement doors to be more secure than your old ones. This makes your home or business safer and gives you peace of mind when your primary goals are to protect your family and property.
  • Increased energy efficiency: Front entry and patio door manufacturers give careful attention to energy efficiency. Even if your new door has a large glass panel, expect high-end features such as multiple panes of glass, argon gas in-fill, low-e coatings, and warm-edge spacers to deliver excellent efficiency ratings.
  • Improved curb appeal and home value: Whether your home is a 1950s ranch-style cottage or an ultra-modern house inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, we can install a door style to fit your tastes. By matching your home’s design, your new door can boost curb appeal and increase home value if you ever decide to sell in the future.

Contact Us Today for Door Replacement in Toronto

When you want beautiful, functional, quality replacement doors for your Toronto, Ontario home or business, the experts at Doors Repair Toronto have you covered. Contact us today at 647-866-0956 to learn more about our products and services or to schedule a door replacement estimate.

 

How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors

How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors

Here’s the scene: You arrive late at night at a single-story strip mall with reinforced masonry walls, open web steel joist and no sprinkler system. There’s smoke and fire showing through the large front windows. The battalion chief’s strategy is to get inside (offensive) and knock this down ASAP. The rear door (side C) is used mostly for deliveries during business hours and is locked at other times—like now. You know from your inspections that the door is equipped with a panic bar, even though there are no hardware clues (e.g., bolt heads) on the outside. Your assignment is to get this door open to provide horizontal ventilation as well as an alternate means of escape for crews.

There are several conventional ways to force this door open: 1) prying the latch out of the frame; 2) cutting it down with a rotary saw and metal-cutting blade; and 3) taking/cutting the hinges. But what about other methods that aren’t quite so conventional? Here, I’ll address how the panic bar can be used to force entry as well as simple solutions for other common commercial entry challenges.How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors

An Unconventional Method: Find the Panic Bar (See Disengage the Panic Bar slideshow)
Lately, my department has been taking advantage of all the area business closures by experimenting on different ways to force these doors using only a Halligan and flat-head ax. Our approach starts with the panic bar. You want to pierce the door a few inches above the panic bar. We know that the bar itself is about 40 to 42 inches up from the bottom of the door (or in the middle of the door). For me, this is about waist high, so I use this as a landmark to get me close.

The next issue: how to make a hole in the steel door to get the Halligan through. You can drive the forks through by hammering the Halligan bar. If you chose this approach, start the forks on their corner to easily establish a purchase point. Another way to start an insertion point is to drive the spike in and then switch over to the forks. These techniques work and you should try them, but also try the method depicted in the accompanying slideshow—it is much faster and easier.

Specifically, strike the door with the blade of the ax. It will go through one (if not both) layers quickly and easily. If it does not get through both layers, strike the ax with the Halligan. Once the opening is made, insert the Halligan in the hole and drive it through to the other side. Once the Halligan is inserted a couple of inches past the forks, push up and then pull the door outward to open it. The forks should catch the bar and disengage the latches.

Commercial Door Hinges (See Overcome Commercial Door Hinges slideshow)
Hinges can also be overcome with hand tools. When struck with a sledge hammer or flathead ax, the hardened steel hinge will perform like a cold chisel against the screws holding up the door. The hinge will shear off the heads of the screws, allowing the door to be opened. Note: Strike all the hinges—high, middle and low.

Aluminum/Glass Store-Front Doors (See Forcing Aluminum/Glass Store-Front Doors slideshow)
Aluminum and glass store-front doors can be a formidable challenge, unless you know a little about how they’re installed. Most of these doors use either a spring-loaded hinge pin or a continuous hinge. Doors that use the spring-loaded hinge pin assembly (usually at the very top and bottom of the door) offer us an easy and simple method of entry.

Place your Halligan at the bottom of the door (hinge side) and lift up. The spring-loaded pin will catch and depress itself, allowing the door to fall open from the hinge side. You’ll have to negotiate the latch, but it will open enough to get the operation started. Be sure to secure this door back by tying it off; in other words, make sure it doesn’t clamp your hose or get in the way of a hasty retreat.

Final Thoughts – How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors
Combine your knowledge of building/door construction, conventional forcible entry, through-the-lock entry, and power tool applications to ensure that there’s nothing stopping you from getting to the fire. Proficiency with hand tools, some imagination and knowing how buildings work will get you through most any forcible-entry challenge.

 

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