Good Evening Everyone this is William with All American Doors. I hope everyone’s Sunday going well. As per the norm, I worked this weekend on a commercial door repair, and several residential door customers, including preparing a beautiful leaded glass double door unit, for installation next week. I have attached the catalog of the double door unit. Hopefully I can attach the finished installation next week! This week’s question comes from a customer in Corsicana, Texas.
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I have been reading your blog, from your mobile site. I admit, it is very informative. Every week I wonder what your customers are going to ask you next: Will it be a door question? A window question, or do they have broken glass all over the place? It makes me laugh, Anyway what I was hoping you could tell what the difference is between a wood door , and a type of fiberglass door I see at the big chain stores that look like wood? I have been looking at a door with a small rectangle glass, and iron grille at the top, I think the man called it a Speakeasy. It is very nice, and the man who works in the department told me it will last longer than wood? What can you tell me?
There are actually some very nice Fiberglass door products out there, however the ones you find in the chain stores, are not as they claim indistinguishable from hardwood, and there are certainly not the same quality. There are actually times when I will recommend a Therma-Tru door to a customer, as opposed to hardwood. For example: if the door is an area that is generally prone to a lot of moisture, like near a backyard pool. (Who does not love the look of beautiful French Doors that look out over a swimming pool?) Another example is a customer I have Galveston, who has a beach house. The constant salt sprays ruined the finish of the doors, so we installed a beautiful set of Therma-Tru full view doors. Constant moisture and humidity will cause hardwood door to swell, and will damage the finish of the door. A fiberglass door unit in this might be a better choice, as they will be lower maintenance in the long term. It is is not a replacement for a beautiful hardwood entrance door, and fiberglass can never truly capture the individuality of hardwoods, like knotty alder, mahogany, and walnut, but but a variety of options are available in quality fiberglass doors like Therma Tru, that can provide a custom entrance to be proud it.
My advice is: you are going to shop for fiberglass look for a well respected manufacturer: like Therma-tru, Plast Pro, and Provita. Understand some of the differences in hardwood, and fiberglass, and be an informed customer! One difference I have mentioned before, and I often tell customers with children who run in and out the door all day like mine do, is that if a fiberglass door becomes dented, there is very little I can do , but cry with you. With hardwood we have some options: depending on the extent of the damage, I may be able sand it out, and refinish it. I might even be able to remove the damaged area completely and add a glass panel, or another wood panel and trim it out, and maybe even an iron grille to prevent it from happening again. I have done this before with a lot of success. I know, some of you are saying “William you always preach to us about wood doors, and now you are recommending fiberglass? What is going on?” I never said fiberglass doors are evil, I just want my friends, customers and readers to be aware of the differences, and I feel bad when I get calls from people who have purchased fiberglass, under the belief that it will be just like wood.
I sell hardwood custom entrance doors, fiberglass, steel french doors, and as I much you hear me extol the virtues of hardwood, I even install sliding glass doors! The choice is really up to the taste of the customer, and how happy they are going to be with the product. Everyone has different tastes, for example in my family: my wife likes twin lite doors, my sister is trying to convince me to get her a set of deluxe double ¾ lite, 8 foot oval doors, my mother likes 15 lite French Doors painted with high gloss white paint, one of my daughters likes Speakeasy doors, and one of my nieces likes contemporary wood doors with dark walnut stain. Fortunately I have doors for them all, ( and I am sure they all have an installation schedule for me! Lol) I hope this has answered your questions I have attached some images of Therma-tru and hardwood entrance doors, so you can see the differences for yourself side by side. I have also attached a few images of Speakeasy doors, you can see a hardwood Speakeasy door. If you have any questions. You are always welcome to contact me 24 hours a day 972-843-0293 Dallas 817-886-0625 Ft. Worth 903-265-9998 East Texas 832-726-0600 Houston 409-200 -2363 Galveston, email
Mom’s favorite -classic 15 lite painted white
Melissa’s Dream Door – the 8 foot deluxe oval
Brandie loves twin lites
Gracie likes Speakeasy
Becky’s likes things with a modern look
me at AllAmericanDoors@yahoo.com, or connect with me on facebook: www.facebook.com/AADEastTX. As always I want be your friend in the Door ( and Window) Business!
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