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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.

Transoms

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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.

Sidelights

Dramatic double-door entryway with sidelights that match the doors’s arched glass

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!

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What Are The Typical Exterior Door Dimensions?

The Typical Exterior Door Dimensions In Orange County, CA

Hi there, are you gearing up to get a new exterior door for your Orange County, CA home?

Getting familiar with some of the basics, like typical sizes and dimensions?

Great!

When you invest in a high-quality, custom entry door, there are many important considerations and factors.

Style, for one. Coloring. Glass. In-swing or out. And so on. And once all these different options are made, you need to know the dimensions of your current doorway and potentially the bigger, bolder doorway you’re expanding into.

You need to start measuring!

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we send our popular Mobile Showroom to your home and take absolutely perfect measurements. With these and your choices, we guarantee a picture-perfect, magazine-quality match.

Let’s talk about standard sizes.

Here are the links to four pages on our site that help people look at typical exterior door dimensions. On each page is an assortment of images of real doors from our installation galleries.

These are impressive. Do you recall the last time you walked up to a home with a pair of 8-feet-tall, 30-inch double doors?

They make you say, “Wow!”

That particular double entry door is an antiqued 60’’ x 80’’ Jeld-Wen fiberglass model with a Knotty Alder grain; factory-stained Cashmere. The hardware you see is rubbed-oil bronze from Erntek Wilmington.

We installed that entry door for a nice family in Anaheim Hills.

These are very common across the Orange County, CA area. We know because we’ve got 30 solid years of experience working here with folks just like you.

This is a beautiful Therma-Tru Classic Craft 36’’ x 80’’ fiberglass front door with a mahogany grain; factory-stained Cherry. The glass is Lucerna with black nickel caming and then there’s the oil-rubbed bronze hardware.

These are also quite common in our area of the country, because of how well they mesh with the types of homes folks appreciate here. Just look at what can be done in terms of functionality.

This is a custom 42’’ x 80’’ Jeld-Wen Aurora Estate fiberglass half door, with operable sidelites and Rain glass. Again you’ve got the stoic Knotty Alder grain; factory-stained Caramel.

We installed this in Mission Viejo.

Honestly, these tall doors have become more and more popular in Orange County as time goes on. The only reason we can think of that’s making them so popular is none other than how impressive they are. And how stout as well!

Talk about strong frames in combination with modern fiberglass and strong security measures!

How cool is this door? How awesome is that doggy door?

It’s a 96’’ fiberglass Dutch Door with smooth skin and clear glass; factory-painted white. We installed this for a lovely family in Newport Beach.

Need a front or exterior door with truly unique or ultra-rare measurements in the Orange County, CA area? We’re the company to call!

No, really. We’re the only ones we know of who can get something custom of this caliber done.

Don’t let the picture fool you; these are huge doors! Not only are they 9 x 7, but the coloring is 100% custom as well. It’s a Jeld-Wen we installed for a really nice family in San Clemente.

Wrapping Up

Are you interested in learning more beyond the typical exterior door dimensions? Contact Today’s Entry Doors, and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

We know everything there is to know about upgrading the entryway of your Orange County, CA home. And we’ll be happy to schedule a visit from our Mobile Showroom. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Should I Shop For My Own Door At A Big Box Store Or Hire A Door Replacement Company?

Great question! It’s very easy to walk into a big box store and start searching around for a door that looks like a perfect fit for your own. But, is it really a good idea to replace a door on your own? Many times, the upfront price for doors in big box stores may be less. However, when it comes to customization and sizing, delivery and installation, this can all easily add up and then you have to consider a warranty if you are replacing it yourself. We here at Today’s Entry Doors install every door that we sell. We want to make sure that our doors are installed correctly, customized to the customer’s and home’s specifications, and that a warranty is placed on both the door and the installation process.


Here Are Some Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing To Buy a Door From A Big Box Store

Price & Customization

At first, the price of the door may seem reasonable at a big box store, however you must take customization into mind. Ensuring that you have the proper measurements, choose the right door for the environment you are in, and customize it are extremely important. Any improper fitting of a door to the door frame and the home can cause issues that you may not have planned for.

Installation

Many customers start the journey of door installation by going to a big box store or searching online for the best price. But, when you go to a big box store and purchase a door, they are not the ones who are going to install it. Big box stores work with subcontractors and this can cause communication problems, warranty issues, and logistical questions about how and when the door will arrive and be installed. Finding someone online has become a popular option for many homeowners, but you never know if you are finding an expert, someone who is licensed, or someone who just does odd jobs. If they install the door incorrectly, it is important to ask them for a warranty. Doing it yourself is an option that many homeowners take. Still, if it is done improperly by the homeowner, this can lead to high electric bills if there are drafts, pest infection, security issues, and you may lose your warranty on that actual door if you installed it yourself.

What Happens If Something Goes Wrong?

This is such an important question to ask yourself. Who do I call if there is an issue with my door? Is the issue stemming from the installation or the door itself? If you purchase a door with the company that installs the door, you will have direct access to both the installer and the door manufacturer, making corrections easy and communication simple.


How Today’s Entry Doors Does It Better than A Big Box Retailer

Knowledge & Expertise

We are licensed and experienced in door customization and installation and we warranty our doors and our work. We do not work with subcontractors, and everyone on the team is educated and experienced to do the highest-quality job possible. You can contact us directly with any questions about your door installation, the door itself, or any issues that may arise.

We Install Every Door We Sell

Because we want the process of door installation to be seamless, we make sure to install every door that we sell.  We want you to customize it correctly, make sure we take measurements, and ensure that it is hung and fastened correctly to not only the door frame, but the house itself.

We Stand Behind Our Products & Our Promise

We provide a lifetime warranty to our customers for their door and the installation process.

We Use A Highly-Successful Proprietary Method

We have created our own method of installation.

We Make Sure We Do Even More To Make Your Door Secure

We go above and beyond just installing your door.  Today’s Entry Doors has several customizable options to ensure that you are safe and secure in your home.


Are you excited to learn more about how Today’s Entry Doors can help?  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.