FRP doors and frames are a great solution for openings that are susceptible to rust, corrosion and abuse. Since fiberglass cannot rust, corrode, split, chip or rot, these products are ideal for use in our Canadian environment as well as in locations that are heavily corrosive to steel doors and stainless steel doors. When considering the benefits of using FRP doors and frames the question that always follows is the cost. The answer to that question means one thing to the new construction manager who is budgeting for the initial cost of the opening. It means something else to the building owner who needs to consider the initial cost with the cost to own and maintain.
Initial costs vs. Lifecycle costs
Entrances represent a small percentage of total construction cost, but a significant percentage of a facility’s annual operating budget. Facility managers can control their ongoing maintenance costs by specifying entrance components that reduce lifecycle costs. The total investment of an entrance extends beyond your initial cost. The life cycle cost equals the cost of the product, all the maintenance (painting, sanding, repairs), and deconstruction costs that are involved with an entrance. Some questions to consider when budgeting for an opening are:
- What is your hourly cost of labor?
- How much time do you spend repairing and patching door frames each year?
- How long does it take to remove your existing hollow metal door and frame? If the frame is grouted then it could take longer.
- How much time does it take your team to reinstall a door and frame?
- How often do you replace a hollow metal door?