Fiberglass doors are the homeowner’s dream come true. They come in as wide a variety of designs as wood or steel doors, and they can be custom-fit to the existing door jamb. While they are relatively low maintenance, there are a few things you must do to help them last and stay beautiful for a long time.

Cleaning
Cleaning a fiberglass door couldn’t be simpler. All you need is soap, warm water and a clean cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaning materials as they may leave tiny scratches on the fiberglass that are particularly noticeable when the sun hits the surface. Add this task to your regular home maintenance schedule so that it’s easy to remember. Just wash and dry, and you’re done!

Protecting
Another thing that may cause unwanted scratches and dents in fiberglass doors is basic wear and tear from regular use. To protect your door and prolong its life, install rubber or metal guards around the top, bottom and doorknob side of the door. These guards provide a barrier between the door and the door jamb on all sides of the door that bear frequent friction.

Framing
While your door may be made from a durable material such as fiberglass, that doesn’t mean your door jamb is. Many homes have wood frames, and wood is susceptible to both pests and inclement weather. While the home’s original builder probably treated the outside, many times the inside of the door jamb is left unfinished. Make sure the door jamb is treated to resist the effects of extra moisture and to deter insects. Fortifying the door jamb protects not only the frame of the door but also the door itself.

Fiberglass doors are a smart upgrade for the front or back door of your home. They are durable and easy to maintain. Knowing how to take care of your door ensures that you can enjoy its beauty for many years.