10 Best Fiberglass Entry Doors Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Entry doors are often more than just front doors—those we tested can also be used in back or on the side. Because the front entrance of your home commands the most attention from the street, it also commands the most attention in the marketplace. Here’s what to consider, wherever you put it.

We’ve found that most entry doors perform well overall. But the materials they’re made of—fiberglass, steel, and wood—each have strengths and weaknesses. And while a low-priced steel door can be the equal of a wood or fiberglass door costing five times as much, it’s not the best choice for wear and tear.

Top 10 Fiberglass Entry Doors

Bestseller No. 1
Fiberglass Magnetic Screen Door 30 x 80, Heavy Duty for Entry Front Door Size 30'W x 80'H with Full...
30 Reviews
Fiberglass Magnetic Screen Door 30 x 80, Heavy Duty for Entry Front Door Size 30"W x 80"H with Full...
  • PACKAGE AND SCREEN SIZE - The magnet screen door includes a high-quality fiberglass magnetic screen, plus a...
  • UPGRADED AND MORE DURABLE - The magnet screen door curtain is wrapped with thickened webbing in four sides,...
Bestseller No. 2
MAGZO Magnetic Screen Door 36 x 98, Reinforced Fiberglass Mesh Curtain Entry Door Mesh with Full...
464 Reviews
MAGZO Magnetic Screen Door 36 x 98, Reinforced Fiberglass Mesh Curtain Entry Door Mesh with Full...
  • MAGNETIC SCREEN DOOR SIZE - Door mesh size: 38 x 99 inch--Fit your door size: 36 x 98 inch、36 x 97 inch、34...
  • UNIQUE MAGIC STICKER HASP DESIGN - We are the only one with windproof magic sticker hasp design, The...
Bestseller No. 3
MAGZO Screen Door Magnets 36 x 83, Durable Fiberglass Door Mesh with Full Frame Hook&Loop for Back...
113 Reviews
MAGZO Screen Door Magnets 36 x 83, Durable Fiberglass Door Mesh with Full Frame Hook&Loop for Back...
  • MAGNETIC SCREEN DOOR SIZE - Door mesh size: 38x83 inch--Fit your door size: 36x83 inch、36x82 inch、34x82...
  • UNIQUE MAGIC STICKER HASP DESIGN - We are the only one with windproof magic sticker hasp design, The...
Bestseller No. 5
National Door Company ZZ00506L Fiberglass Smooth Primed, Left Hand In-swing, Prehung Front Door,...
  • Door is NOT for commercial use
  • Glass Description: Classic clear glass is double paned, tempered and insulated. Privacy rating = 0 out of 10
Bestseller No. 6
National Door Company Z000367L Fiberglass Smooth Primed, Left Hand In-swing, Prehung Front Door,...
  • Door is NOT for commercial use
  • Glass Description: Classic Low-E clear glass is double paned, tempered and insulated. Privacy rating = 0 out...
Bestseller No. 7
National Door Company ZA06867L Fiberglass Left Hand Prehung In-Swing Entry Door, Cadence Decorative...
  • Door is NOT for Commercial Use; Finished and shown in Brilliant White
  • The primed white composite frame width is 4-9/16", and this door unit is a Left hand In-Swing
Bestseller No. 8
National Door Company EFS684BLFS28L Fiberglass Smooth Primed, Left Hand In-Swing, Prehung Door, 1/2...
2 Reviews
National Door Company EFS684BLFS28L Fiberglass Smooth Primed, Left Hand In-Swing, Prehung Door, 1/2...
  • Door is NOT for commercial use
  • Internal white mini blinds are sealed between 2 panes of clear, tempered glass and controlled by a single...
Bestseller No. 9
National Door Company ZZ04439R Fiberglass Smooth Burgundy, Right Hand In-Swing, Prehung Front Door,...
  • Door is NOT for commercial use
  • Internal white blinds and internal white muntins are encased in triple paned, clear, tempered Low-E glass....
Bestseller No. 10
Feather River Doors Sapphire Half Lite Primed Smooth Fiberglass Entry Door with Sidelites
  • Fiberglass construction resists denting, rusting and rotting for durability in the elements
  • Polyurethane foam core provides energy-efficient insulation

Door-to-Door Shopping Tips

Going Online
Whether you buy at a store or online, you’ll save time by doing some research online and at least visiting a store to truly see what you’re buying. Manufacturer sites describe materials and offer catalogs, and can help you to find a local retailer. And even if you don’t see the exact door you want, a similar model can give you a good idea of construction and finish.

Energy Efficiency
Steel and fiberglass doors typically have more insulating value than wood doors. Models that are Energy Star-qualified must be independently tested and certified, and often boast tighter-fitting frames, energy-efficient cores, and, for models with glass, double- or triple-panel insulating glass to reduce heat transfer. You’ll find more details on the federal EPA’s EnergyStar website. But you may not save as much as you think since doors are a small part of the surface area of a house and typically don’t allow significant amounts of warm air to escape. What’s more, heat is generally lost through air leaks around the door, not through the door itself.

Installation
Entry doors are also known as door systems because they come pre-hung in a frame and are often pre-drilled for a knob and deadbolt. Unless a replacement door is part of a larger remodeling project, you may want the new door to be the same size as the old one. Choosing a larger door or adding sidelights means redoing the door framing around the door—a job best left to a contractor. Home centers generally offer installation or referral services. Unless you’re a skilled carpenter, you may also want to hire a pro to install same-size doors.

Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe
It takes a quality door lock to deter burglaries and home invasions. Many crooks kick in doors to get in. But unless your door is hollow, it’s not the door itself that lets burglars in. Our tests with a battering ram have shown little difference in strength among door materials. All eventually failed because the doorjamb split near the lock’s strike plate, though we also found that beefed-up locks and strike plates can greatly increase a door’s kick-in resistance.

Types of Entry Doors

Major door manufacturers such as Masonite, Peachtree, and Pella offer a wide range of doors made of various materials. Here are the types of door materials to consider.

Fiberglass 
A practical choice for most people. These doors are available with a smooth surface or, more typically, an embossed wood-grain texture. An edge treatment on some makes them look more like real wood.

Steel
This type of door accounts for about half the market.

Wood 
Provides the high-end look that other materials try to mimic.

Fiberglass Entry Door Features

Manufacturers offer dozens of options for panel and glass designs, grille patterns, sidelights, and transoms. The more elaborate the design, the more the door will cost. Here are the door features to consider when shopping.

Adjustable Threshold
This helps keep any door weather-tight over time. Otherwise, you may eventually need to add a new sweep to the bottom to seal out rain and drafts.

Glass
Glass inserts are attractive, but they add to the cost. If you’re buying a door with glass near the doorknob or with glass sidelights, consider a double-cylinder deadbolt lock. You need a key to open this type of lock whether you’re inside or outside, so a burglar can’t simply break the glass and reach in to open the door. Some municipalities ban double-cylinder locks since they may make it harder to get out in an emergency; check with your building department, and always leave a key within arm’s reach of the interior lock.

Rails and Stiles
These are the horizontal and vertical parts that brace a wood door. Solid-wood rails and stiles may eventually bow or warp. Look for rails and stiles made of laminated wood covered with veneer, which provides the greatest resistance to warping.

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