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Selecting the Perfect Entry Door

By Christine Cooney, The House Designers Staff Writer

Your home's front entry door is a huge part of your home's first impression and it's important to select the perfect front entry door that reflects your personal style and has plenty of curb appeal. With the amount of entry doors available from leading manufacturers like Therma-Tru®; homeowners can choose from a wide variety of door styles and designs with beautiful decorative glass doorlites, sidelights and transoms.

Adding low-maintenance, decorative trim products like urethane pilasters, crossheads and pediments from Fypon® can really complete the overall appeal of a front entryway.

Therma-Tru® fiberglass doors offer a complete front entry door system designed and engineered to work together for lasting performance, security and energy efficiency. Multi-point locking systems, impact-rated decorative glass options, plus an adjustable security strike plate make Therma-Tru® the smart choice in front entry doors.

For added home security they offer a Tru-Defense® Door System that is engineered to keep out the damaging effects of wind, snow and rain, while increasing energy efficiency and durability.

Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection

Personalizing your front door is easy with Therma-Tru’s® Classic Craft® Canvas Collection™. The smooth paintable door surface allows homeowners to choose any color to enhance the exterior of their home. If you’re looking to make a personal style statement, they offer a wide variety of decorative glass inserts.

The appeal for fiberglass doors continues to grow as homeowners discover the many benefits, which include its wide selection of architectural door styles, incredible craftsmanship, strength, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency features.

“Savvy home buyers are doing their research and making energy efficiency a priority while simultaneously selecting products that meet their desires for quality and appearance,” says Brad Johnson, Vice President of marketing for Therma-Tru®. “Fiberglass and steel exterior entry doors meet all of these quality and appearance desires for home buyers. And, at Therma-Tru®, 94 percent of the doors we offer meet ENERGY STAR® requirements.”

Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Collection

Unique to Therma-Tru® is their privacy glass panel which is triple-paned and ENERGY STAR® qualified for energy efficiency and security. It’s available in available in Chord, Chinchilla, Rainglass and Granite designs.

Topping the list of favorites is the energy-efficient Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® fiberglass door featuring a polyurethane foam core that offers up to four times the energy efficiency of a wood door for years of worry-free performance. Surrounding the foam core is a solid hardwood square edge for strong performance and an engineered wood veneer that runs the entire length of the door to mimic the real look of wood. All fiberglass doors can be easily stained and finished to complement your home’s architectural style and decor. They resist denting, cracking, splitting and splintering, as well as rusting, shrinking or swelling with temperature changes.

Homeowners who compare the attributes of fiberglass versus wood entry doors are pleasantly surprised to learn how they look just like real wood. Therma-Tru's® trademark AccuGrain® Technology featured exclusively on their Therma-Tru Classic-Craft® line of fiberglass entry doors captures the deep graining and authentic look of wood, while offering affordability, ease in maintenance and added energy efficiency.

Enhance your home’s front entry by adding decorative, clear or privacy glass, which is available in a wide variety of styles, sizes and designs. Therma-Tru® offers two-pane tempered glass which is easy to clean and offers added energy efficiency. Check out a few of our architect's award-winning homes featuring Therma-Tru® entry doors, The Pinehurst House Plan, The Hartford House Plan and The Glenshaw.

View the newest products from a wide selection of The House Designers' architect preferred entry doors at Therma-Tru®.com by clicking here.