What is the difference between Therma-Tru and benchmark?

What is the difference between Therma-Tru and benchmark?

Benchmark was an independent door company that ThermaTru bought. They use some of the same parts but Benchmark doors are still Benchmark doors. They are shorter than a "real" ThermaTru door.

Where are Therma-Tru benchmark doors made?

We have two manufacturing facilities: One in Butler, Indiana, and one in Matamoros, Mexico. Fypon has manufacturing locations in Yantai, China, and Matamoros, Mexico.

Are Therma-Tru Doors energy efficient?

More than 80% of Therma-Tru door and glass options are ENERGY STAR® qualified and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified, helping save money on energy costs. Low-E glass, delivers exceptional energy efficiency. ... Its goal is to help reduce the energy consumption and help consumers protect the environment.

What does Therma-Tru do?

Therma-Tru exists to make you feel at home. We innovate our products and systems which are engineered to work together and perform for a lifetime. Our products deliver uncompromising quality, inside and out, and provide inspired designs in virtually unlimited choices that complement architectural and homeowner styles.

Can you Restain a Therma-Tru door?

Yes, as long as you are mixing Therma-Tru stain with Therma-Tru stain. The stain can be tinted with any "universal" tint to achieve a certain color.

What kind of paint do you use on a Therma-Tru fiberglass door?

acrylic latex house paint

What is the warranty on Therma-Tru doors?

Every Therma-Tru full system residential entry door or patio door is backed by the industry's most comprehensive lifetime limited warranty.

Can I paint a Therma-Tru fiberglass door?

Therma-Tru Benchmark Smooth Surface fiberglass doors and sidelites are available in a variety of paint colors. But you can also paint them yourself, if you're looking for a specific color match. So it's easy to create a doorway with distinction — one that complements your home and expresses your personal style.

How long does Therma-Tru stain take to dry?

15 minutes

What is the best stain for fiberglass doors?

Oil-based Stains This type of stain is probably the best for fiberglass doors. In addition to the stain, you will always want to seal it with a layer of polyethylene.

What is Therma-Tru topcoat?

Enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking finish with a colorfast stain that resists fading, bleaching and yellowing, and is backed by a 5-year limited warranty. ...

Do Therma-Tru fiberglass doors need to be primed?

**All Therma-Tru Smooth Star door systems must be finished within 6 months of the installation date for continued warranty coverage however, all bare wood surfaces (such as door frames) should be primed and painted and top coated within 2 weeks of installation or exposure to weather.

Can you stain a smooth fiberglass door?

They are also more durable than steel. If you kick a fiberglass door, it won't dent or ding. Plus, unlike a steel door it looks exactly like wood, and you can stain it (although it's a little more complex than staining a wood door).

Is it better to paint or stain a fiberglass door?

Fiberglass front doors exposed to strong sunlight should be finished with paint, not stain. Textured front fiberglass doors look better when stained, however, either finish can be used. If your preference is a look of wood rather than fiberglass, staining can be used to accomplish this.

Can you stain over a stained fiberglass door?

Fiberglass doors have a much higher resistance to weathering than wood and steel, but exposure to sunlight can fade them, as you have discovered. Depending on the fading, you may be able to patch the stain. Before you paint or stain the surface, clean your door properly.

How hard is it to stain a fiberglass door?

Embossed fiberglass is a low maintenance substitute to the standard wood door. Plus, staining a fiberglass door can be easier than working with wood. ... The only type of stain that will work is a gel stain. The same type used on difficult to stain woods.

How do you refinish a faded fiberglass door?

To refinish your door, you need to remove the old paint with a water-based stripper, apply a layer of gel stain, add at least two layers of fiberglass top coat, and allow to completely dry. You may use acrylic over your gel stain, as acrylics are known to have longer lifespan.

Can I use wood stain on fiberglass door?

Remember, fiberglass doesn't absorb stain like wood, so you need to leave a coat, like paint, on the door. Work on the same area you just stained, using a clean, soft paintbrush to gently feather out any streaks or lap marks. Be sure to feather the corners where the stain tends to pool.

Which stain dries more slowly?

Oil-based

Which is better oil or water-based stain?

If the wood is going to be in direct exposure to wind, rain, and sunlight, an oil-based stain is the best choice. This is because it is more durable than a water-base and will provide a more complete protective layer against these elements.

Can you stain over stain?

When staining on top of the existing stain, choose the right type based on the current finish. If your existing deck stain is: Light: Apply a similar or darker color of stain with no additional preparation required. ... If you want to lighten up the color of a dark deck, consider a lighter solid stain.

Which is better gel stain or regular stain?

Why DIYers Choose Gel Stain The primary difference between gel and a traditional stain is that gel stain sits on top of the wood while a traditional stain sinks in; as a result, it lets some of the wood's unique markings and texture shine through while delivering a crisp, consistent finish not dissimilar to paint.