French patio doors are excellent entryways that connect the indoor to the garden, balcony, or patio. They are a timeless classic and can fit in vintage as well as modern homes. Traditionally, French doors are made of wood or steel and have small glass windows or lights inside them. Unfortunately, many homeowners have faced problems while using these traditional materials. Wood, when faced with the excess heat of the sun, the moisture of the rain and the marks of aging, can bow, warp, twist, and splinter. Even the best hardwoods can only survive for a few decades. Steel can also easily break with weather and rust has a way of accumulating when the house is near the salty sea air. Technology has added a new material that is slowly making wood and steel doors a thing of the past. Fiberglass is a durable, solid material that is low in maintenance and will last longer than either wood or steel.
Fiberglass doors are very attractive alternatives to wood and steel because they have the ability to imitate the finish of any raw material available. To provide a more realistic finish, some fiberglass doors are infused with bits and pieces of real wood. Eco-conscious home owners will be pleased to note that not all fiberglass doors will have pieces of wood stuck in them. Some manufacturers are so confident of the durability of their product, that they offer a limited lifetime warranty for it.
Another advantage of fiberglass is that it can retain its’ shape in any climate. It also acts as a natural insulator, keeping the room cool during the summer and warm during cold seasons.
There is very little maintenance involved in taking care of fiberglass. For proper care instructions, you can always ask the manufacturers for advice. Fiberglass can dent slightly when it is subjected to extreme pressures, but a huge dent can be quickly fixed with a body repair kit from a handyman store and a fresh coat of paint or varnish. Always be sure to clean the door from collecting dust as it can stain the door when it is not removed quickly. Stains are usually rare on fiberglass doors, but when you do spot one, you can always remedy it with a good mixture of organic soap and water and some elbow grease. Tougher stains can be removed with a mixture of warm water, vinegar and some baking soda. Though fiberglass doors are made of tough materials, constant exposure to sunlight will give the doors the appearance of fine lines or scratches. This can be prevented by polishing the door periodically with a marine wax. The wax also gives off a wonderful shiny finish to the door, making it look brand new.