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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

Entryway with a white door and glass transom that matches the door’s sidelights

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

Beautiful wooded-style door with an active sidelight on the left side

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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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.

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What Is The Cost Of A Custom Dutch Door In Orange County?

Welcome Orange County, CA homeowners! Are you in search of a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, custom dutch entry door for your special entryway?

We’re Today’s Entry Doors — with over thirty years of direct industry experience.

We’re basically the ONLY game in town….if you’re the type to settle for nothing less than a full-service custom dutch door and professional installation.

The one downside is, well, we ONLY service Orange County directly and immediately surrounding areas.

That said, you’re here to learn about costs.

Let’s look at the basics and where the numbers sit right now in late 2021. Of course, these are subject to change over time, but it’s a starting point.

  • Standard Dutch Door $5,000-$7,000: For what we’ll call a standard-size dutch door that includes everything: install, the replacement door unit, the frame, the threshold elements like trim and molding, casing, and hardware, plus the factory finish and design options.
  • Standard W/O Glass $5,000-$6,000: Without glass options, you can trim the price down a bit, especially when you look at the costs of complex, artistic textured glass.
  • Standard With Glass $6,000-$7000: Once you begin adding different glass options and packages to a dutch door and frame, costs rise. It’s the same with most any door style.
  • Premium Dutch Doors $7,000+: If we start talking about double dutch or premium manufacturer options, the prices continue scaling upwards as the overall value does.

Are There Cheaper Options?

Sure. You could just order any cookie-cutter dutch door unit from any number of big-box home improvement stores or online marketplaces, then try and DIY the project (NOT recommended).

Keep in mind our prices are for the whole experience of measuring your entryway, custom designing a High-Quality Dutch Door with you, having it built by one of our select manufacturers, and then professionally installing it with absolute precision. Afterward, we’re basically your entry door partner for as long as you live in the home.

Let’s Look At Some Examples!

Absolutely. If you head on over to our Entry Door Galleries, you’ll see plenty of dutch doors we’ve installed across Orange County, CA. They’re quite popular for various reasons, but arguably above all because of their functionality and style.

Here’s a great example to start with.

That’s a custom model from Jeld-Wen’s Aurora line. Not only is something of this caliber warrantied for life, but it’s also designed to be super-heavy like an actual solid wooden door would be. It’s hard to tell the difference between the thicker and stronger skin or shell and the more dense insulation foam inside (they even sound like wooden doors).

Then just look at those sidelites and all the spectacular glass.

What an open and welcoming doorway, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s another.

Looks thick and sturdy, like solid oak. What you have in that image is a Jeld-Wen Aurora Estate Half Dutch Door with operable sidelites; Knotty Alder grain, factory-stained caramel. And it’s hard to see, but they went with rain glass because it offers more privacy for their Mission Viejo, CA home.

And one more example of a single dutch door, just for good measure.

How bright! That’s another Jeld-Wen. You’ve got two 12’’ 5-lite sidelites and a 9-lite top half with low-E glass. It’s mahogany grain skin, factory-painted Swiss Coffee. Pretty neat.

A simple example of a double dutch door would be something like this.

That one is from Masonite, with two 6-lite top halves and smooth skin; factory-painted blue. We installed that for a family in Yorba Linda, CA.

Wrapping Up: Call Anytime & Let’s Chat Dutch Doors

The numbers we’ve stated are likely to have changed by the time you’re reading this. The best bet is simply to Give Today’s Entry Doors A Call. Our customer service team is extremely friendly, and they’re absolute entry door scientists who can help you get a grip on pricing within minutes.

They’ll be happy to walk you through the basic choices and schedule you for a visit from our mobile showroom if that interests you. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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What Is The Most Secure Front Door Material?

When deciding on a new front door, security is undoubtedly high on your list of concerns — as it should be.

Unfortunately, home security is becoming more and more of a concern for, well, more and more homeowners both here, in Orange County, and across the entire nation.

It’s easy to undervalue the importance of something as simple as a door. However, your front door is your first line of defense against intruders. It’s what keeps the unwanted things out. It’s what keeps you and your family safe.

You want a door that’s not just ‘kinda secure’…but REAL SECURE

Plus, it should look absolutely incredible.

Your Choices When It Comes To Entry Doors

When it comes to entry doors, you have three core door materials to choose from:

  1. Wood
  2. Steel or Metal
  3. Fiberglass Doors

While security is certainly a factor in choosing a door, it’s not the ONLY factor. There are other things to consider like style, color, features… the list goes on.

The question really becomes, what is the best choice for YOU?

What’s the best choice for your home? Which features levels of security that make it so you sleep EXTRA-soundly at night?

The answer is going to depend on who you ask.

Our Choice For Most Secure Front Door Is…

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we have over 100 years of cumulative experience under our belts. In the decades of being Orange County’s go-to door installation company, many things have changed. But there is one thing that has stayed constant:

We only work with and install premium fiberglass front doors.

Why Do We Choose Fiberglass?

Because when you invest in a spectacular new entrance for a residential home, there’s more to consider than JUST security.

For Example:

  • Aesthetics — Bank vaults aren’t too inviting.
  • Efficiency — Saving energy is a major concern.
  • Durability — It shouldn’t dent or decay for decades.
  • Longevity — It should last a very long time.
  • Maintenance — How much do you want?
  • Coverage — You should get a Genuine Lifetime Warranty.

Right?

The fiberglass doors from our select manufacturers check all the boxes while also offering World-Class Safety & Security.

But Let’s Not Forget About Installation

If it’s not done right – things could go very wrong. It’s not uncommon for even seasoned door installers to make a mistake.

We like to think of ourselves as Entry Door Scientists”. We understand the dynamics at work when someone tries to force entry through this specific area of your home vs. a window or a different exterior door.

  • When someone breaks in through the door, it’s usually because of the door FRAME—Not the locks or the hardware.
  • Where are most locking systems attached? To the frame, which is going to be nothing more than a thin piece of wood in most cases. And it might not even be solid wood, but a composite!
  • This is why we attach the lock to not just the door frame but the actual sub-structure of your home.
  • We add a 16-gauge steel security plate we designed ourselves that’s installed as reinforcement where the lock meets the door, and then this plate is in turn attached to your house frame.
  • Then we reinforce the other side, too, using extra-long, high-quality screws in multiple places for each hinge. Not only does that make the hinge-side of the door much stronger, but it helps to keep the door jamb from being spread apart and sagging.

Other Security Features For Your Front Door:

How about triple locking systems? We can help.

How about smart locks or electronic deadbolts? Yep, we can help.

How about heavy-duty keypads instead of conventional key locks? Yes. We. Can.

When working with entry door specialists, we help you strike that perfect balance between convenience, attractiveness, and security.

Give Us A Call: We’re Happy To Answer Your Questions

Want to know more about entry door security? Want to talk about upgraded privacy features for your front door? 

If you’re in or directly around the Orange County, CA area, give us a call or submit a consultation request. We’ll answer all of your questions, walk you through every detail, and give you as much time as you need.  

Afterward, we can get you scheduled for a visit from our popular mobile showroom

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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3 Ways to Add Additional Privacy to a Glass Door

The Entryway: 3 Easy Methods To Add Privacy To A Glass Door

So you’re gearing up to transform your home’s entryway, but you want to learn more about how to add privacy to a glass entry door.

We can help!

We’re Today’s Entry Doors, and we’ve been working with Orange County, CA homeowners for decades now, custom designing and installing gorgeous premium entry doors.

  • Note: For reference, you can learn more about where we do and don’t go on our Service Area page.

These are premium replacement entryway doors that we install (we aren’t a retailer), manufactured for a precision fit and transformative impacts.

One of the most significant features we help homeowners in your position learn about is, of course, glass.

As you consider all the different parts of a new high-quality entry door system, privacy is a huge element.

  • How well do you want people to be able to see inside your particular doorway? For some home layouts, the door faces living and social rooms, while for others, they don’t show much more than a hallway.
  • There are many different levels of privacy glass, from basically zero privacy or just a regular door window to total privacy where it’s impossible to see what’s behind the door.
  • Aesthetics plays a significant role, not only with what’s directly inside the doorway but also what’s around! It doesn’t make much sense to have high-privacy glass in your door if nearby windows and sidelites have none.

The truth is, all exterior door manufacturers add privacy options. Some are more basic, while others emphasize privacy and different artistic textured glass options.

We work with three Premium Entry Door Brands: Therma-true, Masonite, and Jeld-Wen.

If you head to the Jeld-Wen page, we’ve included 50 images from our entry door galleries, and you’ll see a wide variety of different privacy glass doors we’ve installed.

For example, here’s one with basically no privacy and clear glass (mahogany grain; factory-painted Tricorn Black):

And here’s another with the double aesthetic value of full-privacy Frosted Glass complemented by a beautiful wrought-iron Mediterranean Grille pattern. We installed this for a family in San Clemente, CA.

Jeld-Wen is great for taking classic, traditional grid styles and adding layers of unique features on top. You can choose clear glass, bath the inside of your entryway with light, or tone it down while making it more challenging to know what you see behind the textured glass.

Here are some example patterns they offer.

And we haven’t even begun to talk about how amazing you can make your glass in the process of ensuring it’s impossible to see through. For example, look at this door here.

Decorative glass adds so many incredible options! You can still brighten up the space, layer on unique architectural style, and get high-performance glass simultaneously.

The process of adding privacy to a door is quite fun when you work with experts who truly understand what we like to refer to as door science. Here in Orange County, CA, we help our customers really make statements with their entry doors.

Because you’ve got so many options, it’s easy to get lost in the details. After installing thousands of them, we’ve learned how to make the process much more convenient and enjoyable for you.

Wrapping Up: Give Us A Call & Let’s Talk Glass Options

We’d love to hear from you if you live in or directly around the Orange County area! We’re happy to take your call, listen carefully, and provide all the answers to your initial questions.

From there, we can send out our mobile showroom and possibly get the ball rolling on a new entryway right then and there. Thanks for your time today, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The Debate Between Steel vs. Fiberglass Exterior Doors

Steel vs. Fiberglass Exterior Doors For Orange County Homes

Today’s Entry Doors is the #1 name in premium high-grade fiberglass entry doors here in the Orange County, CA area of the country.

It’s all we do.

We specialize in absolutely nothing else, so we’re schooled in all the details and specifics.

And it’s been this way for decades.

Every few years or so the ‘Steel vs. Fiberglass Exterior Doors’ argument resurfaces, and we start getting calls from homeowners — people asking us WHY we only install Fiberglass Doors. What about Steel Entry Doors?

We’ve taken the time to seriously study the pros and cons of all entry door materials. And Fiberglass just comes out on top every single time.

There’s an excellent reason that we exclusively recommend and install fiberglass doors. They’re the best choice for the Orange County, CA area because they combine all the core benefits:

  • Low Maintenance
  • Stunning Beauty
  • Customizable Options
  • Strong & Secure
  • Energy Efficient
  • Lifetime Warranty

Why don’t we recommend steel doors?

In short, there are two clear reasons:

  1. While both add levels of curb appeal, they’re not as attractive as wood or fiberglass options. Fiberglass can be stained and painted professionally at the factory for perfectly even, smooth, and refined finishes that last.
  2. Secondly, steel has a durability issue because it can dent relatively easily.

Did you know that under certain circumstances and without proper maintenance, heavy steel doors have been known to rust if not primed and painted?

Are steel doors less expensive?

Yes. Premium and custom-made fiberglass entry doors from America’s top manufacturers and installed with precision cost more upfront. However, the value and Return On Investment (ROI) is well-established. To get a better understanding, feel free to browse our many Entry Door Galleries – all installed here in the Orange County, CA area..

These doors are popular, dramatically increase curb appeal, and directly add value to your property.

Are steel doors high-maintenance?

No. Like fiberglass, they don’t require the normal upkeep of classic wooden doors like cleaning, re-staining, and repainting. In fact, painting steel doors can be a real hassle because most paints won’t want to stick! It’ll start to peel relatively soon.

Meanwhile, the fiberglass doors we install come with gorgeous guaranteed stains and factory finishes you can depend on.

Are steel doors weather-resistant as well?

Yes. Steel isn’t going to warp, rot, or swell like authentic wooden doors. Steel is ALMOST as impervious to Mother Nature as fiberglass…except for the whole rust issue. Fiberglass doors are one solid mold without seams, so there are just no moisture problems to worry about.

Which is more secure?

Here again, steel and fiberglass are pretty much on par with each other. Both provide strong, sturdy, Unbreakable Front Doors. It’s more about the added security features and the quality of the framing.

But again, steel doors can dent.

They can scratch pretty easily too.

And when this happens, they aren’t a cakewalk to get repaired!

Which Entry Door Has The Best Energy Efficiency?

This is where things get complex and fast. Energy efficiency has to do with an assortment of specific details that change from entry door to entry door. Modern fiberglass and steel entry doors systems deliver energy efficiency ratings beyond what your average wood door can offer.

  • Fiberglass: Specialized full-fill polyurethane core, heat-resistant window trim, high-quality weatherstripping, impeccable glazing, etc.
  • Steel: Not as good as an insulator and dependent on overall construction. Once you start looking at steel doors with glass, your design options within ENERGY STAR certification are rather limited compared to fiberglass.

Next Step: Give Today’s Entry Doors A Call

If you’re in the Orange County, CA area and would like to speak with an honest-to-goodness entry door specialist about this ‘Steel vs. Fiberglass Exterior Doors’ debate… give us a call.

Contact Us and we’ll be happy to give you all the specific details for our area, rather than the generalities you find online. We’ve got over three decades of experience helping homeowners around here, and we’ll help you too! Thanks for your time today, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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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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