The exterior doors on my home need to be replaced. What type of doors do you recommend for Central Florida’s hot and humid climate?
Most older homes in Central Florida built prior to 2003 were constructed with either wood or steel exterior doors as doors were affordable and readily available. Wood doors do not hold up well in Florida’s harsh summer weather without a lot of maintenance.
Pre-hung exterior steel door units became available to the masses in the late 1970s. This technology really took off because it eliminated two big problems—steel exterior doors did not split or warp. Plus the insulation inside their core helped control the temperature in the home. However, they created two new problems—these doors showed dings and rust. Unless a scratched steel door was primed and re-painted, it would rust, and the door’s metal skins were susceptible to dings if hit hard enough. Dinged up doors caused such a problem that many builders refused to have their final door installed until the closing of a new home.
Fiberglass door units were introduced in the marketplace in the early 1990s. At first, builders were very skeptical to use them because of cost and a belief the doors would be too brittle. As technology evolved, the fiberglass door became stronger and more durable. Most importantly, the price dropped within reason of steel door units. It didn’t take long for builders to understand that a fiberglass door unit would last longer and not ding, rust, or rot while eliminating a multitude of callbacks for scratches and dings.
At the Ro-Mac Door and Custom Millwork Shop in Downtown Leesburg, the number one exterior door unit sold is a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft® door with FrameSaver™ jambs and poly brick moulding, because of their durability and ability to take Florida’s harsh summers. The neat thing about this door is that it looks like a wood door if painted or stained—yes, it can be stained. In the Ro-Mac Window and Door Showroom, most visitors cannot tell the difference between a fiberglass stained door and a real wood stained door. The FrameSaver jambs and poly brick moulding make the door rot resistant, especially for those homes in which sprinklers and rain keep the door wet. It’s my door of choice.
If you would like more information on doors, call Lewis Duke and his skilled team at Ro-Mac Lumber at 352-753-3333 or stop by their store at 722 Duck Lake Road in The Villages.
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