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We Maintain Rock-Solid Relationships With America’s
Top 3 Entry Door Brands

At Today’s Entry Doors, we’ve been doing nothing but entry door systems for over 30 years.

We’ve seen it all. We’ve done it all. We’ve dealt with every problem. We’ve overcome every kind of challenge the industry tosses our way. This explains why we’re so picky when it comes to installing doors – they absolutely MUST be gorgeous ‘Lifetime’ fiberglass doors. 

We’re also exceedingly picky when it comes to our Entry Door Manufacturers

  • Jeld-Wen
  • Therma-Tru
  • Masonite

Let’s talk about each and why we’ve been building such strong, reliable, and efficient relationships with them over the years. 

Jeld-Wen: Their Premium Aurora Fiberglass Line

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We consider Jeld-Wen our ‘best of the best’ entry door manufacturer. Why? First and foremost, they can do a million different things with the 80+ variations in their exclusive Aurora Fiberglass Line – which we specialize in. 

It’s all we focus on within their entire catalog.

  • We feel the value and artisanship of these luxury-level entry doors are unmatched.
  • They’re the top-tier fiberglass models on the market.
  • They go the extra yard to ensure their doors are near identical to natural wood. 

Aurora doors are heavier and swing like wood doors. Their grains look and feel exactly like wood grains. Even the sound of them moving is like traditional wood doors!

We’ve got the most trained eyes for entry doors in all of Southern California, and we have a hard time distinguishing them from the real thing unless we get up close and personal. But, at the same time, you get the excellent warranty coverage it’s impossible to get with wood doors. You also get to enjoy low maintenance and lack of ongoing maintenance. 

Bottom Line

You get all the best features of a high-caliber wood entry door without actually dealing with wood! Including our other two brands, we carry full-size examples from the Aurora line in our convenient Mobile Showroom

Therma-Tru: Our Most Well-Known Manufacturer

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Along with our high-end option, we’ve been with Therma-Tru for decades because they’re the most well-known name in fiberglass doors. 

They’re a familiar brand with a nationwide presence; therefore, they’ve got many options (nearly every door in every size) and the most extensive catalog at reasonable prices. 

They’re one of the pioneers of the entire fiberglass door industry, so their ability to accommodate our customer’s needs is impressive. 

  • Their Classic Craft line is our 2nd most premium option. 
  • We can also help you navigate their Smooth Star and Fiber Classic lines. 
  • No matter what you need, they likely have an option that will fit the bill.
  • We tend to start our at-home consultations with their lines. 

Therma-Tru has been evolving for decades, but it’s been exciting to see them transition into one all-encompassing process and offer nationwide options like colors, builds, etc. 

Masonite: Our Go-To Supplier For Premium Dutch Doors

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When it comes to Masonite, they’re also a prominent brand within the industry. They do a large variety of doors, including residential, commercial, wood, interior, exterior, etc. We only work with their residential fiberglass lines.  

  • Belleville
  • Heritage
  • VistaGrande

We like them because a) they represent excellent value at reasonable prices, and b) they’re our go-to resource for personalized dutch entry doors. We use them almost exclusively for their dutch doors, thanks to their high levels of customization. 

If you’re interested, we’ll be happy to bring the mobile showroom by and introduce you to this increasingly popular style. 

Wrapping Up: Contact Us For More Information

If you would like to know more about our door manufacturers and you live in or directly around the Orange County, CA, area, reach out and Contact Today’s Entry Doors. We’ll be happy to walk you through the particulars, answer your questions, and address any concerns you might have. You could also schedule a time for our mobile showroom to stop by!  

We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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Five Rules When Choosing Sidelights For Your Front Door

You may be in the process of looking for an amazing new front door to accent your home and front entryway. If you are looking for a beautiful door that allows even more light in, a sidelight for your door may be an excellent choice. Today’s Entry Doors knows how important it is to find the right door with the best accents, and we can help to walk you through the process of finding a front door with a sidelight. Simply, sidelights fit along either, or both sides of your door and are vertical, narrow windows that can be installed on either one or both sides of your front door. But, what are the five rules when choosing sidelights for your front door?

Style

The first rule in choosing a sidelight for your front door is to consider the style of your home. You may have a craftsman-style home or perhaps a modern-style home, so looking at style is important. Not only that, but you want to take a look at your roof line to ascertain if a sidelight would accent this and if there is already enough natural light coming through the front of your home. Sidelights allow more light to be absorbed into your home, which can create a warmth of togetherness. They create an open feeling in your home, and there are many styles to choose from. But, the rule of thumb is to first really take a look at the architectural style of your home when choosing the best sidelight for your front door.

Selecting The Best Size

Sidelights are vertical and can be added to either one or both sides of your door. Some homeowners only want them on one side because they are happy with the amount of light being let in, and the front area may be a bit smaller. However, there are many that like the grandness and natural feeling of having them on both sides of the door. Not only does this increase the light, but it increases the focus on the front door because the design is balanced.

Privacy & Security

Privacy and security are important, but this does not mean that installing a sidelight is not an option. There are options for certain types of textured glass to be used, and this allows the natural light in but still gives you privacy because no visitors can physically see into your home. Some people also choose to install a transom which is a window over the front door to accent the balance of the sidelights on both ends, which can also be done in any size or shape and glass. If security and privacy are still a concern, Today’s Entry Doors can help with many additional security features we have to offer our clientele that worry about security.

Energy Efficiency

Some homeowners are concerned that their bills may be a bit higher because more light is being let into the home. However, this is not the case with sidelights. It’s important to focus on the fact that the type of glass you are choosing, along with a possible brand new front door, can actually lead to energy savings and much more efficiency. Today’s Entry Doors can help you select the door and install it with our own process, which leads to a more secure front door installed securely into your home’s frame, with greater energy efficiency.

Cost

Cost can differ depending on the type of sidelights that you choose. Sometimes, homeowners are interested in just one to accent the door or two to balance the front entryway and make that area feel more welcoming. It’s important to focus on the materials that are chosen and whether or not you are looking for fabricated or custom and consider the size of the sidelights. Today’s Entry Doors can come directly to you, take measurements, and give you an estimate depending on your vision of your sidelights and front entryway. This way you have a lot of wonderful options!

Why You Should Choose Today’s Entry Doors

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we offer Orange County homeowners several customizable front entry door choices, but it’s important to know about the basics of door sizes and styles before you start, and we make it easy. 

With all of the choices out there, it’s important to have a company that understands both door size, door style, and also installation. We are different here at Today’s Entry Doors, and we take pride in what we do and even have our own installation process that is time-tested and true. It’s amazing what we can create for your home by replacing your front door; it can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home.

Today’s Entry Doors Has Got You Covered

We truly believe in our products and our ability to provide excellent customer service and installation.  Because of our warranty, guarantee, and dedication to craftsmanship, we want our customers to be completely satisfied with our work.  Today’s Entry Doors is committed to doors and door installation, and this is all we do.  We are qualified experts in helping your home to become even more beautiful.  Our warranty provides you with the peace of mind you can count on and we are so committed to our work and proud to have gained respect in the community.

We can also create some customizable options which will factor in style, material, and color to ensure that your front entry door with sidelight is customized.  It’s always important to consider the style of your home when choosing sidelight options and also to make sure that security and a welcoming environment are also addressed.

Ready to install sidelights for your front door?   If you are in the Orange County, CA area, please feel free to reach out to us and schedule your free consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about choosing and installing the perfect door for your beautiful home.

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What Is the Most Common Door Size?

You may be thinking about installing a beautiful new entry door but wonder how to figure out what size you need. There are some very common door sizes for front entry doors and an incredible assortment of styles to choose from. Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we offer several customizable front entry door choices, but it’s important to know about the basics of door sizes and styles before you start, and we make it easy. So, what are the most common door sizes out there for front entry doors?

Most Common Door Sizes

To make a choice for door size as simple as possible, it’s great to know that there are three main sizes for the average standard exterior door size. The typical height for an entry door is 80 inches with a thickness of 1 ¾ inches. Now, if you have an older home, you may notice that your door opening may be on the smaller end as there have been some changes due to The American Disability Act, which has required new home builders to actually create a door that is at least 3 feet wide. So, the most common entry door widths are 30 inches, 32 inches, and 36 inches, with a typical 80 inches in height and 1 ¾ inch of thickness. Let’s take a closer look at each entry door size.

The 30 Inch Door

This is our typical double-door and includes an eight-foot pair.  A double-door makes a bold statement when it comes to your front entry.  It can look exceptionally regional, but there are also some beautiful modern choices that fit a very mid-century look.  The 30-inch double doors also create more leeway when walking through the front entryway, allowing for easy moves, bringing large gatherings in and out, and making it easier to bring items into your home.  It’s truly a bold statement.  Our 30-inch door gallery has some wonderful ideas for your front entryway.

The 36 Inch Door

This door is very standard, and it is what you would typically find at the front entryway of a home.  It’s important to know that these doors are incredibly functional and satisfy most homes easily without extra customization for sizing.  These doors are made for safety and security and also give a solid amount of space for accessibility.  Our 36-inch door gallery shows off a beautiful assortment of ideas for this type of door.

The 42 Inch Door

These doors are a bit larger and a bit harder to find.  They are customizable but do not typically fit a normal front entry door if there needs to be a direct replacement.  To view your options and visualize the size, check out our 42 inch door gallery to see how we can offer a few customizations.  Sometimes, a dutch door can be created in the 42-inch size, and just like our other door sizes, you can add glass inserts.

The Eight-Foot Entry Door&nbsp

Want a door that will really stand out?  The eight-foot entry door may just be a great choice for you!  This door is extremely high and provides a fantastic present for your curb appeal.  Just take a look at this 8-foot door gallery to see the immense size of these palatial doors. Strong and sturdy, powerful and decorative, there are many variations of this style of door, and they are truly a unique choice.

With all of the choices out there, it’s important to have a company that understands both door size, door style, and also installation. We are different here at Today’s Entry Doors, and we take pride in what we do and even have our own installation process that is time-tested and true. It’s amazing what we can create for your home by replacing your front door; it can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home.

Today’s Entry Doors Has Got You Covered

Since we believe in our products, we can offer our customers a wonderful guarantee and warranty.  Our customers believe in our installation process and craftsmanship, and we stand behind our promise to our community.  Today’s Entry Doors only focuses on doors and door installation, allowing us to become qualified experts in this business and ensure that you have a beautiful entry door that stands out and makes your home even more beautiful.  This warranty provides you with the peace of mind you deserve. We are so committed to our work that it’s easy to see why we are so respected in the community.

We also offer several customizable options which consider size, style, fiberglass options, and color.  It’s important to make sure that you can create the front entry door of your dreams and make your entry welcoming and inviting.

Interested in starting your door replacement project?   If you are in the Orange County, CA area, please feel free to reach out to us and schedule your free consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about choosing and installing the perfect door for your beautiful home.

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The Problems That Can Arise With Poor Door Installation

To ensure that your new door is installed properly and with great efficiency, it’s important to hire a licensed and experienced company.  Many problems can arise with poor door installation and the pros at Today’s Entry Doors make sure that your new door is safe and secure and will last for a long time.  To understand why it is important to have a licensed professional install your new door, here are some problems that can arise with poor door installation.

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we install each door using our highly effective proprietary method of installation, to ensure that your door is installed securely and make sure that it is fastened to the door frame the correct way. We also have created a 16-gauge steel security plate of our own that is a reinforcement for the meeting between the lock and the door and is attached to the actual house frame.

Problems that can arise with poor installation

Issues with Security

If a door is not installed properly, it may make it much easier for intruders to enter your home. Whether the door is not flush against the door mount or the locks are not lined up correctly, this gives thieves a chance to take advantage of the situation and easily enter your home.

An Invasion of Pests

If there is an improper fit, which can happen with an unprofessional door company, air gaps may be present. If there is any air flow between the door and your home, this gives way to an invasion of pests that can infest your home. It’s important to make sure that a licensed professional is there to make sure that the door is flush and sealed and that no pests will be allowed in.

Higher Energy Bills Because of Drafts

Many customers choose to install a new door to decrease their energy bills, increase the appeal of their front porch area, and increase safety. However, if a door is not installed properly, this means that air can get in and because of this, increased air conditioning and heating may be necessary, which will increase your energy bills.

Issues With Your Door Opening & Closing

This is yet another safety issue that can cause havoc if a door is not installed properly. Does your door not fit? Was it not measured before it was installed? Perhaps, it was not customized to fit, or the measurements were off? When there is an issue with opening and closing a door, it’s important to have an expert to assess what has happened and install a door properly that is functional without issues.

Extreme Damage to the Hinges & Integrity of the Door

The more and more you use your door when it has been installed poorly, the more damage there will be to the hinges. It will also cause issues to the integrity of the door over time leading to sooner replacements and more issues with drafts, air gaps and increased pests.

Besides the many advantages of working with a licensed and knowledgeable door installer, Today’s Entry Doors has door options that include bluetooth recognition, flexible security with digital keys, one-touch entry, customization and e-notifications as well as in-home integration.

Focusing on security is one of the main reasons that Todays’ Entry Doors has been a leader in door installation and customization in Orange County, CA.  We want to make sure our customers are safe, secure, and also know that they can reach out to us with questions, concerns, and any issues that arise.

Today’s Entry Doors has a proven process that incorporates a high set of core values and ethics along with well-trained licensed professionals who ensure that your door is installed correctly.

Feel free to take a look around our gallery to start thinking about some incredible ways to make your home your own by creating the door of your dreams.

Interested in learning more about door installation and why it’s important to have a door professionally installed?   If you’re in or directly around the Orange County, CA area, feel free to reach out to schedule your free consultation here!

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6 Advantages of Custom Iron Doors

What Are The Advantages Of Adding A Custom Iron Door To Your Home?

Custom iron doors can be a dramatic and elegant way to create a beautiful and welcoming entrance to your home.  But, there are so many options and benefits to custom iron doors that you may want to learn about before you choose the best door for your home.  Today’s Entry Doors in Orange, CA can help you to choose the best custom iron door with the perfect design for your home.

Here Are Six Amazing Reasons to Choose a Custom Iron Door For Your Home

Custom Iron Doors Add Value To Your Home

Custom Iron Doors are a statement piece that adds beauty and inspiration to your home and neighborhood. If you ever plan on selling your home, there are many buyers out there that are willing to pay more for this type of upgrade and it also adds to the aesthetic of your home, creating beauty and insight into how you take care of your place.

Custom Iron Doors Are Durable & Easy to Maintain

Maintaining custom iron doors is easy because they are rust-resistant and cleaning them is as easy as soap and water. Castille soap is a great alternative to regular cleansing soap and mixing this with warm water and using a soft towel or rag to keep them looking beautiful is simple.

Custom Iron Doors Show Resilience In Severe Weather Conditions

Because custom iron doors are rust-resistant, this can help them stay in wonderful shape for many years to come. If you are in an area where there are thunderstorms or severe winds, you can trust in the fact that custom iron doors can stand up to the elements time and time again.

Custom Iron Doors Are Beautiful & Customizable

Really, custom iron doors are a statement piece to your home.  The cornerstone of where the eyes of your visitors and family members will be drawn to each and every time they visit.  The front entryway of your home is special, so why not make it as beautiful as possible?  That’s why custom iron doors are a great investment.  Not only that, but they are customizable as well.  Today’s Entry Doors offers a wide variety of customizable options when selecting your perfect custom iron door.

Custom Iron Doors Are Energy-Efficient

Yes, custom iron doors are energy-efficient! There is insulation within the door to ensure that your home is warm in the winter and cool in the summer; yet, another benefit of adding these gorgeous doors to your home. Also, the ability to be unique with your design will not decrease the amount of energy efficiency because if you add glass to your custom iron door, it will include insulated glass.

Custom Iron Doors Make Your Home More Secure

Safety is always a factor when choosing any door in your home, especially the front door. Having a custom-iron door can deter criminal activity and it can also signal to passers-by that you have an up-to-date security system and take your safety seriously. It is a lot more difficult for strangers to access your home through the front door if it is made out of custom iron.

Installation

Installation times can vary, but are typically completed within a day. The creation of your door time will also depend on the size, level of decoration and customization and any accents that you want to add.

Today’s Entry Doors have an amazing reputation that has led them to be the leading door installation company in the Orange County, CA area.  It’s so important to work with an expert that is trained and licensed and includes free consultations, a lifetime warranty, and is a company you can trust to feel safe and secure with.

Want to know more about custom iron doors?  If you’re in or directly around the Orange County, CA area, feel free to reach out, and we will come right to you! We are excited to answer all of your questions and let you know about customizable options.

You may also look at our video gallery which is filled with beautiful doors, projects, and satisfied customers. We look forward to creating the perfect door for your home!

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Entry Doors That Will Make Your Home Stand Out in 2022

Ready for your home to make a fresh and vibrant statement? A beautiful new entry door will make your home stand out in 2022, and Today’s Entry Doors can help. A small investment can make a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal. Not to mention the return on this investment is always over 100%. Plus, it’s a great way to make a small project make a grand statement. Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we have a beautiful assortment of unique and customizable front entry doors to help you make your home stand out in 2022.

Current Trends

How do you choose the best and most interesting options for your home? Here are some amazing possibilities trending for 2022 and can make your house the standout home in your neighborhood.

Contemporary Fiberglass Entry Doors

Think of the classic modern look. The contemporary fiberglass entry door is the perfect statement for your home if you are looking to create beautiful architectural lines and glass inserts. This creates a bold statement showing your guests that the home they are about to walk into is filled with beautiful flow, open spaces, sleek lines, and natural light.

Entry Doors with Sidelights

An entry door with a sidelight is truly unique. Now, this type of door typically has a glass insert in the main part of the door and a side glass insert that goes vertically to increase the amount of light coming into your home. This is a great choice if you want to highlight your home at night. This is also a beautiful choice if you have picture windows in the rest of your house, for it will give the illusion of the entire house being lit up and very warm and cozy inside.

Doors with Glass inserts

Once again, most doors that stand the test of time are made of fiberglass, and there is no difference here when it comes to doors with glass inserts. Adding a wood veneer and having a glass insert that has a pattern throughout it can also provide security and comfort but give a beautiful artistic feel to the exterior of your home.

Extra Wide Exterior Doors

Extra-wide exterior doors are the epitome of changing up your front entry door space. Turning your entryway into a space that feels like you are walking into the most open area is an incredible feeling. This is a great return on investment. Not only do extra wide exterior doors allow for the ease of bringing in furniture and deliveries, but it makes for a true show-stopping piece. It almost feels like you are walking into a modern museum, and if you want to make it truly fantastic, you can add a steel door for a weighted option, a beautiful wood door for a minimalist look, or go with the fiberglass option, which can keep the weight down, become any color or finish you would like, and also add in glass inserts.

Therma-Tru Doors

Therma-Tru doors are a relatively new and solid type of door which is designed for your entryway. They are incredibly secure and solid and are actually made of fiberglass. They have a polyurethane foam core and the reason they are so popular and will be once again on trend in 2022, is because they are made to withstand the elements so well. They are also customizable and because they are so solid, you can make a statement while also ensuring that your home is secure. You can find Therma-Tru Doors only at select dealers, and one place to find Therma-Tru Doors is here at Today’s Entry Doors.

Why Choose Today’s Entry Doors?

Simple.  We stand behind our promise and our products and we offer a true guarantee.  We also have our own proprietary method of installation and care about our customers.  Today’s Entry Doors goes above and beyond to satisfy our clients and we want your home to stand out.  A new door isn’t just for its’ beauty; it’s also to make sure that your family is safe and secure.  We provide a lifetime warranty to our customers for their door and the installation process.

Today’s Entry Doors has customizable options to ensure that you are safe and secure in your home.

Are you ready to have a beautiful door in 2022 that makes a statement?  If you are in the Orange County, CA area, please feel free to reach out to us and schedule your free consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about choosing and installing the perfect door for your beautiful home.

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Are Exterior Dutch Doors Secure

Love the look of a dutch door, but not sure if it is secure enough to stand up to intruders and the weather? Many homeowners love the ability to allow one part of the door to be open and the other to be closed, so this is why many people question whether or not this type of door as an exterior door is a solid choice. Today’s Entry Doors is the top door replacement company in California. We have a proprietary system to install your dutch door and ensure it is secure. So, what are my choices regarding dutch doors, and are they secure?

First, What Exactly Are Dutch Doors?

Dutch Doors are a magnificent and beautiful statement for your front entryway. They have been around for centuries, so they are both traditional as well as artistic. The dutch door is secured with a latch and this will allow you to keep one door open and one door closed. This allows in a nice cool breeze in the summer and for you to watch your family outside or just feel like more of a part of nature. There is a door knob, or sometimes a lever, on the bottom half and a deadbolt on the top half. There is a choice between a single and double door as well.

Are Exterior Dutch Doors Secure?

Exterior Dutch Doors are just as secure as any other type of door. Because of our installation process, we can add deadbolts and other accessories to help with safety concerns. Because of the ability to open up different portions of dutch doors and still keep your family safe, it is always a good idea to keep the deadbolt secure, just like with any door, to ensure that strangers do not roam inside your home.

Are Dutch Doors A Good Choice For An Exterior Door?

Because of the uniqueness of the dutch door, they are a wonderful choice for an exterior door. They can also be referred to as double-hung or split doors and they can even increase the property value of your home. Having something personalized in the front entryway of your home can make the difference with curb appeal and how you feel about your home. A dutch door is a great choice for an exterior door because you have options on the amount of customization for both color, materials, as well as security and safety accessories.

Are Dutch Doors Energy-Efficient?

The materials that make up dutch doors are energy-efficient. Now, during the summer if you plan on opening the top of the door to allow in the breeze, it may save you on air conditioning costs if it is cool enough outside to keep from using the air conditioner. But, the materials themselves are made to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Are Dutch Doors in Style?

Absolutely! Dutch doors are not only trending, but they are a major statement for your home and your aesthetic. They create a true ambience that shows the history of the home, the character of your family, and also can be as bright or as traditional as you would like. Whether your home is craftsman, modern, or traditional, dutch doors can easily brighten up that front area to make your home your own.

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we have built a proprietary method of installing our doors.  Our quality process is important to us and we also guarantee your happiness.  We provide a lifetime warranty to our customers for their door and offer a 2 year warranty on labor which is twice as long as the industry standard. And because we have created our own installation method, we know that all of our installers have been educated and trained to the greatest extent to ensure our quality promise.

Today’s Entry Doors has several customizable options to ensure that you are safe and secure in your home.

Interested in installing at dutch door?  If you are in the Orange County, CA area, please feel free to reach out to us and schedule your free consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about choosing and installing the perfect door for your beautiful home.

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Best Door Designs For Your Anaheim Hills, CA Home

Not all of Anaheim is Disneyland. To the east is the beautiful, planned residential community of Anaheim Hills. Here, you’ll find a lush golf club, terrific schools, and plenty of hiking trails within the Cleveland National Forest or Santa Ana Foothills. This is a wonderful place for anyone to make their home, which is why many of our entry door customers hail from Anaheim Hills.

When you want to design your home to look like you, your choice in front door is a big part of that. At Today’s Entry Doors, we have a number of different door styles so you can choose the right door for you. Here are some of our favorite door styles for Anaheim Hills homes. 

Contemporary Entry Doors in Anaheim Hills

Southern Californians are expressive and artistic. They like color and flair. That’s why contemporary doors tend to suit Anaheim Hills homes so much. These doors don’t look like every other front door you might find. These are front doors that dare with bold colors, sleek styles, and light designs rather than bulky. These doors often had wide glass panels and mid-century modern designs that stand apart from the crowd…just as you might want your Anaheim Hills door to do.

Doors With Sidelights in Anaheim Hills

Like much of California, Anaheim Hills is known for its sunny summers. Why not let some of that beautiful sunshine into your entryway? Sidelights are a versatile option because any style of doors can have sidelights.They are vertical glass panels that span the height of the door. Some sidelights can be opened while some are fixed and designed only to let light in. Regardless, they look great with any Anaheim Hills door and are quickly growing in popularity.

Dutch Doors in Anaheim Hills

Dutch doors are a quirky option that’s excellent for Anaheim Hills homeowners. These doors are characterized by a horizontal split in the center of the door which allows for two movable door panels. It’s a unique look that can also be practical if you have pets or small children. On a nice, breezy day, open the top half of the door to let in some fresh air while the bottom half of the door stays closed to keep your family safely inside…and any pests outside. On the other hand, opening the bottom half of the door can serve as a doggie door so that your dog can come and go from their backyard space on a nice day.

Rustic Doors in Anaheim Hills

Anaheim Hills isn’t all fresh and modern. It also has a history, along with the rest of Anaheim, going back to the 19th century. You might want to draw inspiration on that Spanish history with a rustic entry door. These doors keep a woodgrain appearance (that’s quite convincing on their durable fiberglass surface) with a natural wood stain, often with large iron pieces such as wrought iron window designs or wrought iron nails hammered into the wood panels. These doors have a classic, natural style that is hard not to fall in love with…and might just be the perfect choice for your Anaheim Hills home.

Side Entry Doors in Anaheim Hills

We don’t just offer front doors to Anaheim Hills. The outdoors are beautiful here, and you may want to experience them from multiple angles. A side entry door can offer great access to an herb garden or flower bed, a side patio. It also makes your home more convenient the more entry doors you have. And since we apply the same level of quality, durability, and security to each door we sell and install, you aren’t losing out on any privacy or security.

Fiberglass Doors in Anaheim Hills

Whatever style of entry door you choose, make sure that you choose fiberglass for the door material. Fiberglass doors have all the durability and security of steel doors combined with the classic beauty of wood doors. That means they can look and even feel like real wood, while resisting rot, warping, and swelling. They’re solid and durable, resisting impact and possible home intruders, but they hold paint more resiliently than steel doors. These are truly the best of the best in the industry, especially premium fiberglass doors from brands like JELD-WEN, Therma-Tru, or Masonite.

Today’s Entry Doors is committed to offering premium fiberglass doors throughout Anaheim Hills and beyond. We offer entry doors in a number of styles, including all of the styles listed above; and we install every door we sell. Interested in ordering a fiberglass entry door for your own Anaheim Hills home? Contact us today to learn more or to get started with a free door estimate.

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Two Huge Reasons You Need Dutch-Style Entry Doors On Your Home

They’re Not Just For Farmhouses Anymore

When most homeowners in the Orange County area think of dutch doors, they picture idyllic scenes of farmhouses out in the central valley, but that reality is changing quickly. Old answers are solving modern problems, and the venerable dutch door is one such old answer that is becoming increasingly popular throughout the area.

If you aren’t sure of the definition, dutch doors are entry doors with two halves that swing independently. Meaning the top half of the door can be open while the bottom half still blocks the opening. There are many reasons to have a door like this on your home, but we’ll be discussing just the top two today.

1) That Orange County Breeze

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We all know that between noon and 1 pm, that wonderful coastal breeze kicks in, and entry doors start flying open all over the county to let it in. And boy, does that breeze make our homes feel great inside.

But, your home is then protected either by nothing but faith in your neighbors or a flimsy screen door.

Kids can run in and out freely and in complete silence, and so can our four-footed friends – those tame or wild. This is something modern folks would file under “Bad Scenario.”

But with a dutch door, all you need to do is leave the bottom half closed and locked to enjoy the best of both worlds. You still get that wonderful breeze through your home without all that unsupervised travel in and out by small critters (two-footed or four) to interrupt your day.

And when it comes to those of the six-legged and winged variety, retractable screens are available that stay out of the way until you need them.

For even more security, you can have your dutch door split ⅔ of the way up and open only the smaller top section to the breeze.

2) The Delivery Bonanza

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Our world has reached a point where not only can you get almost anything delivered in under two days, but almost everyone does so multiple times a day. While extremely convenient, this new reality has impacted neighborhood security.

Just a few years ago, if a stranger approached your home, there was a good chance that one of your neighbors would be keeping a sharp eye out for strange behavior.

Nowadays, unless that person is visibly armed, your neighbors won’t even bat an eye. Add to that the gig economy and its near non-existent standards for the people they hire to deliver their products, and you take a very real risk every time you open your door to accept a package.

Gosh, if there were only a way to accept your packages while keeping a barrier between you and the delivery driver, you’d feel much safer.

Enter the dutch door.

With a dutch door, you can open just the top to accept your deliveries while leaving the bottom firmly closed AND locked to block entry. If you so choose, you can even have a small shelf on the lower section to hold your box while you sign the receipt.

Being able to leave the bottom of your door secured vastly increases your personal security when meeting a stranger at your door, and feeling secure is a big part of being happy.

If you want to increase your sense of security while still being able to enjoy the afternoon breeze through your Orange County home, contact us at Today’s Entry Doors for a free consultation. Just wait until you see our mobile showroom!

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Can You Protect Your Entry Door From The Effects Of Direct Sunlight?

Short Answer – Not Exactly

Sunlight is one of the main reasons homeowners choose Orange County to call home. But all those gorgeous blue skies and sun-soaked days can wreak havoc on the exterior of your home.

One of the most prominent features of your home is your entry door, and keeping it from getting damaged or fading from all that sunlight is a constant challenge. While it’s impossible to stop all the damage without completely covering your door, it is possible to slow it down.

Material Matters Most

If you aren’t interested in a heavy steel door that dings every time you look at it sideways but still want a high-end door, you are left with wood or fiberglass for your door material.

We recommend fiberglass for its superior strength, durability, minimal reaction to temperature changes, and better ability (vs. wood) to withstand damage from the UV radiation from the sun.

Fiberglass will eventually fade from too much direct sunlight, but you can mitigate that effect with a fresh coat of paint every 5-7 years.

Wood, however, gets affected at the cellular level by UV radiation since it’s an organic material, which means it will slowly lose structural integrity over the years if kept in direct sunlight.

Blocking The Sunlight

Keeping direct sunlight off your entry door is always your best answer, but you need to be aware of the limitations of certain solutions, such as:

  • Building An Overhang – Placing an overhead above your entryway can help, though many aren’t terribly fond of the look of overhangs on their homes. Most overhangs, however, can’t block the sun at all stages of the day. At daybreak or near dusk (depending on which way your door faces), you can have up to 4 or 5 hours when the angle of the sun is low enough to shine directly onto your door. This can have the unfortunate result of creating a faded stripe on your door where the overhang offers the least protection.
  • Installing A Sun Panel – Installing a sun panel in the right spot on your porch could do the trick, but the aesthetic value of such panels is often fairly low. Plus, unless it can be easily removed, such a panel becomes a problem when moving large items through that door.
  • Planting A Tree – Certainly, the most aesthetically pleasing option, planting a tree with a canopy that hangs low is your best bet for total protection from the sun if placed carefully. Or you can combine a tree or overhang with a well-placed hedge that will block the low angles of the waning or rising sun.

The hard truth is that the sun is a moving target, so the chance of one answer working without help from another option is low. But the creative placement of multiple sun-blocking options can work well to offer your entryway total protection from the sun without impeding your movement.

Protecting The Material

Protecting your entry door material is a great but temporary option. No matter what you choose, the sun will always win eventually, so you need to research your product to determine how often it needs to be reapplied.

Paint does work, but sun exposure variables make it impossible for most companies to offer a warranty against fading, just that the paint won’t crack, peel or blister. And even then, they’ll only guarantee it for ten years or less.

Though a popular color choice, black paint usually won’t come with any guarantees since black soaks in all the sun’s energy, and any fading is instantly noticeable.

A way to extend the period between repaintings and improve overall protection is to use light-colored paints to bounce away as much of the sun’s energy as possible. Also, light colors don’t show fading as quickly as darker colors.

The Bottom Line

While it is impossible to eliminate the damaging effects of direct sunlight, fiberglass doors are your best bet for avoiding structural damage from the sun. Color damage, however, will always occur so long as sunlight can reach your door directly.

If you can keep your door in the shade at all times of the day, you won’t need to worry as much about color fade, but if the sun hits any part of your entry door, there will be fading. In that case, your only defense is to repaint your door periodically.

We’ve conquered much of nature’s fury against our homes, but the sun will always win in the end if you don’t keep your entryway protected through shade or painting.

If you want your entryway to have its best chance at surviving our Orange County sunlight, contact us at Today’s Entry Doors for a free consultation.

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Transform Your Home’s Entryway With Sidelights And Transoms

Add Drama And Texture To Your Home’s First Impression

The spaces above and to the sides of many Orange County area home entryways are wasted opportunities to put your stamp on your home. Those plain slabs of material might surround your door with a clean look, but what do they say about you and your family?

With so many of the homes today looking so similar, your entryway is one of your few opportunities to really make a statement about who you are. And at Today’s Entry Doors, we excel at helping you shout your truth out to the world.

What In The World Are Sidelights And Transoms?

Unless you are in the industry, your first question might be, “What in the world are you talking about?” Well, we’re happy to explain. Here are some of the terms we’ll be using throughout this short guide:

  • Sidelight – A sidelight is the area to either side of an entry door that fills the rest of the framework in the openings, usually composed of mostly glass.
  • Transom – A transom serves the same purpose as a sidelight but is located above the door to fill the upper portion of the opening in the framework and is usually all glass.
  • Active Sidelight – An active sidelight is hinged so it can swing open to create an area for a breeze without opening the door.
  • Uneven Pair – Any combination of an entry door and a sidelight that allows the sidelight to act as a passive door. They are, in essence, an uneven pair of doors with the sidelight also able to open and create a larger opening.

There is one item that absolutely must be understood before you start planning a new look for your home’s entryway.

Your entryway options are determined by the size of the framework around your opening. This means you can’t create a wider or taller framework to accommodate adding sidelights or transoms.

Whatever combination you choose, your entry door, transom, and sidelights must fit in the framework as it sits.

For example, suppose you have two 30” wide doors that are unusually tall at 96” right now. In that case, you could replace them with a single standard 36” door (at the average 80” height), a transom 16” high, and two sidelights a little under 12” each (to account for the door’s frame) for a new and exciting look.

And if you made one of the sidelights an uneven pair sidelight, you’d still have a nice wide space (47+”) to move furniture and appliances through with ease.

Explore The Possibilities

With all the options available, size, style, glass types, hinged or no, the possible combinations are nearly limitless. And with our mobile showroom, making your choice is no more difficult than a walk to your curb.

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Transoms sit above your door and travel all the way across as an integral part of the entry door system. All of our transoms are created with your choice of our many decorative panes of glass.

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While paired sidelights tend to add the most impact to the look of your entryway, many homeowners have elected to install just one sidelight to the left or right of their entry door.

Sidelights are all about the glass. While cross braces can complement an architectural theme, open glass panes will make your neighbors take notice. There’s something about the clean, artistic look of decorative glass panes (especially with light shining through at night) that draws the eye.

Active Sidelights

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Adding a hinged side to one of your sidelights increases their utility with no effect on their aesthetic appeal. It is best to limit your entryway to only one active sidelight to prevent bowing of the pillars holding the door.

The Benefits Of Sidelights And Transoms

While sidelights and transoms offer a chance to transform the look of your home’s entryway, that isn’t all they offer.

Glass inserts let more natural light into your home without the potential security risk of a large glass panel in the door itself. Transoms are an especially secure way to let light in and are only a risk if your local thief is the acrobatic type.

Sidelights can offer more than just increased light when they are active. You can open just the sidelight to let in the cool afternoon breeze that is one of the best features of Orange County life.

And if you are worried about letting bugs into your home, we can fit retractable screens into the system to keep those noseeums outside where they belong.

Plus, with all the glass types and designs available, your sidelights and transoms can give you the amount of privacy you require. From clear glass, to decorative, to frosted or obscured, the choice is yours to make.

If you are interested in adding a little pizzazz to the entryway of your Orange County area home, contact us at Today’s Entry Doors for a free consultation.

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Tips for Buying Exterior Doors?

Not Sure Where To Start On Your Door Search? Here Are Our Tips For Buying Exterior Doors

Your exterior doors are absolutely essential to the security and comfort of your home, which is why the search for new exterior doors can be such a high-pressure thing. You may find yourself looking at options, at door companies, and unsure where to start. You might not even know if it’s the right time to replace your exterior doors. Fortunately, Today’s Entry Doors has been in the business of high-quality fiberglass entry doors for 32 years. We’ve become experts on the subject, and we’re here to help you. Here are a few of our top tips for buying exterior doors:

When Should You Replace Your Exterior Doors?

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Exterior doors, even well-made exterior doors, are not meant to last forever. If you’ve recently moved into a home with exterior doors that haven’t been replaced in the past 30 years, it’s probably a good idea to replace them now. Otherwise, keep an eye on the performance and wear of the exterior doors. If your exterior doors look swollen or rotten, that’s a good sign that you need to replace them. A few other warning signs include:

  • Difficulty opening and closing your entry doors
  • High energy bills or drafts in your entryway
  • Pests that seem to be coming in through your front door
  • Loose locks or knobs
  • Creaking noises or rusted hinges
  • Dents or cracks in the surface of the door

Consider doing an energy audit of your home. This will tell you where you’re losing the most energy in your home. If your door is one of the chief places where you seem to be losing energy, replace it with a new door.

What To Look For In An Exterior Door

So you know that you need a new exterior door. The next question is what to look for in an exterior door. While all the doors of your home are essential, your exterior doors are slightly more important for several reasons. They boost the security and the energy efficiency of your home. They add to the overall look of your home’s exteriors, which impacts your curb appeal. So when looking for an exterior door, you want to consider those same factors: security, durability, energy efficiency, style.

Security can come in the form of sturdy locks and latches, longer hinge bolts, and so on. It can also come in the sturdiness of the door material. The stronger the door, the more it will be able to resist impact from potential home invaders. Similarly, many sturdy doors will be able to block heat loss and manage better energy efficiency.

In terms of style, you’ll want a style that suits the design of your home’s exterior on the whole. That doesn’t mean they have to be the same style. Craftsman doors might look wonderful on homes that aren’t in a craftsman style. A modern door might add a sleek touch to a classic-style home, and a classic or rustic door could add a unique charm to a modern home. Whatever style you choose, make sure that it has the desired aesthetic effect you want and a cohesive look with the rest of your home.

What Is the Best Type of Exterior Door Material?

You can find a number of exterior door materials in your search, but the most common exterior doors you’ll find will be made with wood, steel, or fiberglass. Wood is the oldest entry door material and is still popular to this day. It has a classic beauty and natural warmth. But wood is also very high maintenance. They can be very water permeable, so without regular staining, they will rot, swell, and warp. For all of this, wood doors are still remarkably expensive.

Steel doors are stronger, which makes them more impact-resistant. They hold up better against the elements, though they’re not impervious. Steel doors can succumb to rust or peeling paint. They can also become dented and dinged over time.

Fiberglass doors are rising in popularity, and the truth is that fiberglass is simply the best exterior door material you can find. It is as strong as steel but holds paint color for longer and doesn’t rust. It can take on beauty and style similar to wood doors, and it’s been shown to be the most energy-efficient option, as well, resisting heat loss and drafts.

Where To Buy Exterior Doors

When you’re looking for anything to add to your home, it’s best to go with a local company. Local companies will know the climate well, in addition to the materials that best hold up to that climate. They also tend to feel more accountable to their customers, as these are their friends or neighbors.

A company that offers fiberglass doors in all the popular styles is also a must, so you can find the door that’s right for your home and will hold up for as long as you own the home. That means they should not only be fiberglass doors, but fiberglass doors made by trusted manufacturers like Therma-Tru, JELD-WEN, and Masonite. Today’s Entry Doors offers all of this, and we install every door that we sell. We’re also the best-reviewed door company in Orange County, making us a terrific choice when you need to find a new exterior door.

Are you thinking about buying a new exterior door? Let us help. Contact Today’s Entry Doors today to learn more or to shop for your exterior doors!