If you are in the market for a new door, the choices can be overwhelming. Often, the first question that people ask is what material should I choose for my new door? Popular material choices for Toronto replacement doors include wood, steel or fibreglass.
When looking for an exterior front door, many clients love the rich, elegant look of a wood door. However, the climate in the Greater Toronto Area is not well suited to a wood door. The hot summers and freezing winters can cause warping and long term damage to a wood door. For this reason, we recommend a fibreglass door with a realistic wood finish.
Fibreglass doors have a wood grain and can be painted or stained. With a unique staining process, these doors are convincing replacements for wood doors. They give the entryway of your home an air of sophistication.
Woodgrain fibreglass doors go through an in-depth, detail-oriented creation process in order to achieve the realistic wood texture and look. The process starts with real wood. A door is carefully constructed and built to exact specifications to make the later installation process easier. The wood is worked with a steel brush to bring out the true beauty of the grain’s pattern. Then the wood door is scanned by a laser, ensuring measurement perfection to the millimetre. Once the technicians are convinced that the door grain and specs are up to our exacting requirements, the door moves on to the moulding process.
The wooden door is then covered with silicone to make a reversed silicone mould, which highlights the unique wood grain. The silicone mould is then used to make a nickel mould, which retains the details of the original wood. Fibreglass, a highly durable composite, is then pressed onto the nickel mould to create the fibreglass skin. Each skin boasts a detailed wood grain, identical to the original wood door! In order to create the frame, our builders create a composite casing. Using a composite instead of a wood frame means that your door will not warp with any water exposure, making them much more durable in snow and rain. The frame is covered with the fibreglass skin, and glued and pressed together under high pressure. The hollow door is then filled completely with polyurethane insulating foam. The entire system is then allowed to cure.
Finally, we stain the fibreglass skin. Delco’s unique staining process is done by hand by an expert craftsman. This means that our stains are beautiful, fully realized, and highly authentic. You can choose from a wide variety of realistic wood stains, from dark walnut, to rustic cherry, to charcoal. Fibreglass doors can also be painted. Clients can choose from a wide variety of preset colours, or we can colour match any Benjamin Moore colour.
This process is used for every style of fibreglass door whether you’re looking for modern, classic, or county chic, we have a door to fit your style. Between the multitude of styles, hand-stained colours, and the near-endless choices of paint colours, you can create the fibreglass door of your dreams.
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