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The Best Front Entry Door Brands For Orange County Homeowners
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What Are The Best Door Brands For Your New Front Entry Door

The Best Front Entry Door Brands For
Orange County Homeowners

We Did The Trial-And-Error So You Don’t Have To!

With all the various entry door manufacturers available on the market today for Orange County homeowners, it can be quite tricky, not to mention time-consuming, to truly find the best one. While each home is built in its own unique way, the front entry door plays a huge role in every single home.

What do people see the first time they are entering your home? The front door.

In a world where first impressions are everything, you want to make sure your front entry door matches the personality your home is trying to convey.

Curb appeal, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity are the hot topics when it comes to choosing the best brand for your new front entry door.

Lucky for you, our team here at Today’s Entry Doors has done the excruciating legwork of choosing the absolute best fiberglass door manufacturers for our customers to eliminate the guessing game of choosing a new front entry door.

Fiberglass Doors: The End-All Be-All For Entry Doors

We have made it our mission here at Today’s Entry Doors to only provide Orange County homeowners with the very best doors. Because doors are all we do, you could say we’ve had a bit of time to dial in our best practices.

When it comes to an entry door that truly gives you the best bang for your buck, nothing else compares to fiberglass doors. Fiberglass doors are affordable, last substantially longer than wood doors, and look absolutely stunning on any home!

Because we feel so strongly that fiberglass doors are the only front entry doors you should consider for your home, we chose to only carry them!

Best Front Entry Door Brands

Therma-Tru Doors

Therma-Tru Entry Doors

As one of the first few door manufacturers to mass-produce fiberglass doors, it’s no wonder they are at the top of the list for most homeowners. If you are looking for unique door styles combined with unmatched longevity, Therma-Tru is the perfect brand for you.

Therma-Tru has specialized in fiberglass doors for nearly 30 years and has recently come out with a line of entry doors that mimic classic wood grain patterns to perfectly match any home. Additionally, their vast array of styles, sizes, and colors ensure even on a tight budget, you can have a beautiful front entry door.

The last thing you want is to dish out your hard-earned money just to have a new front entry door perform the same as the old. Luckily, Therma-Tru offers extensive warranties to back their products in case of manufacturer discrepancies.

Jeld-Wen Aurora Doors

Jeld-Wen Aurora Entry Doors

Jeld-Wen Aurora fiberglass doors are one of the few door options available on the market that passes our over-the-top quality standard assessments. When your home requires a bit more class and character, Jeld-Wen Aurora has got you covered.

The innovative minds at Jeld-Wen meticulously craft each door to be absolutely perfect, with a great deal of time spent on improving the overall energy efficiency of a front entry door. Front entry doors are the first line of defense from keeping out the harsh temperatures and conditions Mother Nature is so notorious for.

With minimal maintenance required and a complimentary 10-year warranty, your Jeld-Wen doors will continue to look stunning for years to come.

Masonite Doors

Masonite Double Entry Door

If you are looking for a seamless transition between the interior and exterior doors of your home, Masonite strategically specializes in exactly that! To date, Masonite offers 3 different exterior fiberglass door series with many color options in each series. Masonite fiberglass doors often utilize large panes of glass to bring additional natural sunlight into the home.

We have been in the front entry door industry for over 30 years and have entrusted Masonite with our fiberglass door needs for nearly as long. While we live and breathe fiberglass doors, Masonite also carries their own line of wood and steel doors, although they are not nearly as popular.

Masonite has designed their doors to be highly resistant to natural factors that affect the appearance and function of the front entry door such as UV rays, high winds, and freak storms. In Southern California, the last thing you want is for your new front entry door to start to fade from one summer in the sun.

Ready To Upgrade Your Front Entry Door?
Give The Door Experts A Call!

If you are a homeowner living in Orange County looking to have your front entry door replaced or installed for the first time, give us a call!

We only specialize in front entry doors and are here to answer any questions you have about our processes or products! While we have many examples of our past work in our galleries, we have more door options than we could ever show on our website.

You can reach us at our office located in Orange by calling (714) 974-5728 or by scheduling a free at-home consultation today!

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Best Exterior Doors for Cold Climate

What Are The Best Exterior Doors For A Cold Climate?

Brrrr… who left the front door open?

Was that you?

Or, is it so chilly in this article today because your old entry door needs an upgrade?

When considering what kind of exterior door to get as a replacement, we’re here to help. After over a decade of focusing on nothing but exterior residential doors and installations, we know how important it is to consider the way the summer & winter months impact your entry doors over time.

While we don’t live in the Northern sector of Energy Star’s climate zones (in the image below), many of the benefits of exterior doors designed for cold climates are popular everywhere!

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk a little about how doors are rated in terms of energy efficiency — their ability to stand as a bulwark between your indoor environment and the harsh elements outside.

A quote directly from ENERGY-STAR on this very subject:

“Many doors don’t have any glass, but even doors with lots of glass like a sliding patio door have lower glass-to-frame ratios than windows or skylights. This means doors can provide more insulation than a window or skylight can. Performance criteria for doors are based on the amount of glass they have (called glazing level) and ratings certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).”

Key Takeaway: The two most important determining factors of what makes one door better for colder climates over another are:

  1. insulation
  2. glazing/glass.

Great, are you ready to get a bit nerdy?

Here is the actual breakdown for doors on U-Factor ratings as well as Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) from Energy Star for your reference:

Pro Tip-the lower the U-Factor the better insulating the door (similar to a high R-Factor in an insulated wall).

For Southern California a low SHGC means less loss of your interior cooling from the sun’s heat.

The three tips they give homeowners to help them navigate towards entry doors for the northern climate zones are as follows:

  • Install entry doors with high-quality, multiple panes of glass. The double or triple-paned insulated glass will reduce heat loss.
  • Fiberglass doors with a tight-fit polyurethane foam core are among the most energy-efficient door materials on the market.
  • New models have tighter-fit framing systems that include quality seals and improved weather stripping.

To dig a bit deeper let’s look at a visual snippet from one of our manufacturer brochures — Therma-Tru. Below is the 2020 Energy Star Qualification Chart of three door models from their Classic-Craft, Opaque & Lip-Lite Fiberglass line.

The numbers in the graph show you what the energy efficiency ratings are like for different kinds of glass. The blue color denotes northern climate zones:

The good news is that when you work with professionals, their product specialists can walk you through this information in person based on what’s best for your home and budget.

Right now we’re just showing you some of the numbers involved.

A second example from another one of our manufacturers, Masonite, shows you the full breakdown of all the different kinds of glazing/glass in their Vista Grande line of fiberglass doors.

Don’t let the wall of figures scare you. Just keep the Energy Star climate zone ratings in mind for Northern Climates and get a rough idea for the types of glass that deliver ideal ratings. Along with mini blinds and grids, the choices are straightforward:

Note the much higher numbers for their Particleboard Core options. We do not install these, but it gives you an idea of what the efficiency ratings are for different materials.

This is why at Today’s Entry Doors, we only install the most energy-efficient fiberglass doors available for our customers. They’re the best of both worlds.

Whether you live in a cold climate or a more tropical one…our manufacturers have delivered everything you could ever need.

The Primary Benefits Of Fiberglass Doors In Cold California Winters & Across The Country

You Get To Enjoy Far Superior Insulation Value

Whether you opt for a fiberglass entry door insulated with polyurethane or particleboard, you get vetted and verified performance.

Why do they typically provide close to 5X the insulation effectiveness of solid wood or wood-core entry doors? Because of their layers:

  1. The frame of the door (stiles & rails) is specially manufactured from powerful, moisture-proof composite material. This is to erase any chance of mold, mildew, termites, and rotting.
  2. The core, which can be insulated with a variety of materials. The most common is polyurethane foam, which is better sound proofing for doors.
  3. The skin is high-impact, compression-molded fiberglass.

You Get More Cold Weather (Moisture) Resistance

How do iron or steel doors hold up in cold weather with minimal maintenance?

How about all-natural wood?

When it comes to rain, wind, and hail, the modern fiberglass doors we install are near weather-PROOF. This is due to their totally uniform design without any cracks, breaks, or seems for the weather to get into.

You Get Comparable Levels Of Strength To Wood & Steel

When you compare strength between traditional wooden doors, metal doors, and fiberglass doors you have to be specific. For example, a completely solid iron door and a wrought iron fiberglass door are different, but what can your home’s entry door frame handle?

There’s literally no limit to what money can buy, but in most residential contexts, these three materials ALL perform well. The advantages of fiberglass are that if/when their strength is truly called upon, fiberglass isn’t going to dent. It resists scratches. It doesn’t rust, rot, warp, bow, peel…and so on.

You Get Outstanding Warranty Coverage Even In Harsh Zones

At the end of the day, because of the quality of these entry door slabs and framing systems, you get the absolute best coverage possible — LIFETIME. What’s important is to work with a great installer like Today’s Entry Doors with a long history of successful service.

Wrapping Up: Well-Insulated Entry Doors With Specialized Glazing Are Ideal For Cold Climates

The only thing that can outperform those is a custom-made or tailor-made entry door. At Today’s Entry Doors, we can help you with those as well…that is if you live in our Orange County, California neck of the woods. Otherwise, now you know what kinds of doors to look for in cold climates: well-insulated with appropriate glazing, ideally multi-pane, and from one of America’s top manufacturers.