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Doors, Homeowner Information, Our Products

How To Choose a Proper Door

Looking for a new door? With the internet as well as local sources, there’s no end of options available. But a door can be a big investment, and you want to make sure that you’re making the right choice. For the money you’re putting out, you’re probably looking for a door that’s both beautiful and durable so that it can last for years without needing to be replaced again. This can be trickier to find, especially when you have to sift through all the options.

However, if you do your research and preparation and you have the right priorities, you can easily find the door for you. Here are our tips on finding a proper door for your home:

Know When You Need a New Door

When you first move into your new home, you’re probably not thinking about replacing the door (unless it’s visibly damaged or worn down). But you may experience some discomfort in your home if your door is old, drafty, or in need of replacement. To get started in your search for a proper door, you first need to know whether or not your current door is a proper door, and what problems it might have. Some reasons for a new door include:

  • Visible wear and tear
  • Drafts or a tall gap between the door and the floor
  • Difficulty opening and closing the door
  • Difficulty locking the door or broken locks
  • High heating and cooling bills

In some cases, you might not be sure based on your knowledge alone. If any of the above seem to be the case of your entry door, contact an entry door professional who can tell you whether it would be better to repair your door or replace it.

Measure Exactly

It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is to measure your door dimensions exactly. If your door doesn’t fit perfectly into the door frame, it could damage the door frame, which could lead to further costs. If the door is too small, it will let in too many drafts, making your home uncomfortable and your heating and cooling bills unsustainable. The last thing you want to do is order the wrong size door and have to order another door again, so make sure you measure exactly what you need to begin with.

Know Your Materials

One of the biggest components when it comes to choosing a door for a home is to know what materials are available, and how they stand up next to one another. Wood has a beautiful look, but will it withstand all the weather of your climate? Steel is tough, but does it have the look you’re going for? Here are a few of the different materials that you need to know when trying to find a door for your home.

  • Fiberglass. Fiberglass is reinforced plastic woven with glass fibers to create something stronger than plastic, glass, and even wood. Fiberglass has a strength comparable to steel; but unlike steel, it resists dents and dings as well as peeling paint. It can be made to take on the look and feel of wood, but it’s not porous like wood, so it resists water damage as well as wind and impact damage.
  • Steel. Steel is often lauded as the strongest door material, though as we’ve established, it’s essentially on par with fiberglass on that point. It can be painted a variety of colors, but that paint can peel or bubble in time, as steel is a difficult material to adhere to. It does hold up against water damage and impact, but it can become dented and possibly rusted.
  • Wood. Wood doors are classic. They have a natural elegance that homeowners love…but they’re expensive upfront, and they require a lot of maintenance beyond that. They have to be regularly stained or painted in order not to take in too much water. If they do, they can swell, rot, or warp, a sure way to need a new door.

Look at Different Styles

Beyond knowing what kind of material you want, you should also know what kind of style you’re looking for. Doors come in all shapes, sizes, and styles from modern to classic to everything in between. You’ll be sure to find the perfect door for your home, but first you need to find the style that speaks to you. Some of those styles include:

  • Classic. These doors are often wood or made to look like wood, though there are some classic doors in colors like deep blue or red. Classic doors have intricate designs and elaborate panels, often with decorative glass for extra style.
  • Contemporary. Contemporary doors have a sleek, minimalist design and often bold, striking colors. These are typically unpaneled for a truly modern look.
  • Craftsman. Craftsman has a simple but quirky style, often enhanced by bold colors. This is perfect for an unpretentious craftsman home, a modern style, or even some classic styles of home.
  • Dutch. These are characterized by a horizontal split so that the two halves (or leaves) of the door can open individually, sometimes hinged in opposite directions. This is perfect if you’re looking for something quirky, or if you want to let in a little fresh air without leaving the door fully open.
  • Fiberglass Wrought Iron Doors. Do you love a touch of gothic? Fiberglass wrought iron doors include large windows with intricate wrought iron patterns throughout. These are not only beautiful, but sturdy and secure.
  • Rustic. These doors go for the raw, natural look, even when they’re fiberglass. They often have the look of real wood, with classic, homey designs to ground your home in something warm and earthy.

You can also enhance the style by adding sidelights — long, narrow windows installed at the side of the doors. This will also help to lighten up your entryway.

A Local Door Company

Finally, when searching for a proper door for your home, you should take care in considering your door company. A local company is always best, as they’ll likely be able to not just sell you the door but install it themselves. They’ll also be familiar with your climate and therefore able to help you determine what kind of door you want for your home.

Today’s Entry Doors has been in business in Orange County, California, for over 30 years. We offer the best doors, fiberglass but often with the look of real wood, in all shapes and styles. Want to learn more about our doors? Contact us today for more information or to get started with a free consultation.

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Door Installation, Doors, Homeowner Information

The Importance of Having Your Entry Door Professionally Installed

Home improvements like a new door and installation are an investment, and many homeowners on a budget are afraid to spend too much. Because of this, DIY door installations have begun to rise in popularity. The idea is that homeowners will only have to pay for the door and not the installation. Plus, it can make a homeowner feel quite accomplished if they’re able to do a successful DIY project.

However, DIY door installations can do more harm than good. When an amateur installs an entry door, there could be problems that they don’t notice but that could build up over time. The cost in necessary repairs and potential replacements can make the DIY entry door installation more expensive in the long run than it would have been to hire a professional. There’s a reason why it’s recommended that homeowners hire a professional. Here are a few of the reasons it’s important to have your entry door professionally installed:

Home Security

Your home should be the place where you feel most comfortable and safe in the world. You should be able to rest easy at night, knowing that you’re more secure there than anyone else. Your entry door is a big part of that. It should be strong and secure enough to keep any potential intruders out so you can be confident in your family’s safety.

At Today’s Entry Doors, we offer fiberglass entry doors because they’re among the strongest on the market. These doors are the most impact resistant, helping to deter home invasion as well as pests. But even the sturdiest of doors can fall apart if it’s improperly installed. A DIY installed entry door might be loose on the hinges, might be crookedly installed, or it could be the wrong fit. All of these things can make your door — and your home — less secure. On the other hand, a professional installation performed by experts who frequently install fiberglass entry doors will ensure that your door is not only secure when it’s installed but will remain so for decades.

Today’s Entry Doors doesn’t just secure your entry door to the door frame. We secure it to the structure of the home, and we reinforce it from the other side, as well. These are just a few of the safe and secure benefits you can enjoy when you work with us for your door installation.

Curb Appeal

Your entry door is one of the first things that people notice about your home. It draws the eye, and it can make a positive or negative impression on friends, family, neighbors, and potential homebuyers that’s hard to get past. If you plan to sell your home in a few years, or just plan to entertain at your home frequently, your curb appeal should be a consideration.

The entry doors we sell at Today’s Entry Doors are beautiful and come in a wide variety of styles so you can be sure to find something that makes the impression you want to make. But the installation also has an impact on the door’s appearance. For instance, if the door is poorly installed, it could be damaged in the process. If it’s the wrong fit or crookedly installed, this will also make a poor first impression. A professional installation, on the other hand, will look smooth and polished, so everyone who passes your home can be wowed by the beauty of your door.

Energy Efficiency

It’s not just home invaders and pests that you want to keep out of your home. You probably also want to keep drafts out of your home, and keep your heat or air conditioned indoor air from escaping. If you don’t have an energy efficient door, your home will not be very comfortable to live in, and your heating and cooling bills are likely to spike. Energy efficiency will make you more content with your home and with your energy bills.

Fiberglass has excellent R-Value and U-Value, as we’ve discussed in previous blogs. However, as we’ve discussed in this blog, a poorly installed entry door can cause a poor seal. It might be installed crookedly, which can not only damage your door frame but allow too much air through. If the door is not measured to be a perfect fit, it can also be too short, allowing too much room between frame and door.

Your entry door should add to the seal of your home, not break it. An energy efficient entry door, installed by a professional, can do so.

Insurance

Most entry door professionals are insured with general liability insurance and worker’s compensation. This is so that if something goes wrong on the job, whether the door or frame is damaged or someone on the installation crew is hurt during the process, the insurance company will cover the damage and you won’t be held liable. This is the kind of benefit you can only enjoy with a professional installation crew. If you perform a DIY door installation, you’ll be just as likely — if not more so — to have accidents on the job, but you’ll be held completely liable for those accidents, which can be a hefty cost to shoulder.

Financing

A professional entry door installation might seem an intimidating investment, but if you’re on a budget, you can still find a way to make that project work for you. We offer a number of financing plans so that you can find a payment plan that works for you. Through this, you can afford the door you need and the professional installation you need to make it last.

Don’t fall for the promise of cheap DIY projects that might only last a few years, at best. A professional entry door installation is an investment, but it’s an investment that pays off in the long-term. Contact Today’s Entry Doors today for more information or to get started with a free quote.

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Doors, Homeowner Information

What To Look For in Energy Efficient Doors

Energy efficiency is a major factor when it comes to entry doors these days, as well as most features in your home. The point of energy efficiency is to help you to have a comfortable, efficient home while using as little energy as possible. When it comes to electric appliances, this means saving money on your electric bills. When it comes to things like windows and doors, however, you’ll be able to save money on your heating and cooling bills.
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Doors, Homeowner Information

How To Choose the Right Door For Your Home

Your home should be a collection of things you love, and that includes your entry doors. They should both serve your home in a practical sense and have the look that you want for the front of your home. But it can be difficult to find the right door for your home. You need to find the right door and the right installation crew to install the door. How can you ensure that you get it all right?

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Doors, Homeowner Information

Reasons to Replace Doors Before Other Home Improvement Projects

Introduction

Are you an Orange County, CA, homeowner or just a homeowner in general considering whether or not to replace doors before other home improvement projects?

We don’t blame you. Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we’ve been helping folks in your position for over thirty years. It’s what we do. Let’s walk through the four chief reasons to take this step so that you’re well informed moving forward.

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Door Security, Doors

Why Replacing Your Doors Could Be the Best Decision You Make in 2021

Sometimes after years of seeing the same home day-in and day-out, you need a change. Maybe that change is moving to a new location and selling your current home to new homeowners. Maybe it’s just needing a new perspective on your home while you continue to live there. Either way, replacing your entry doors is one small, relatively undisruptive change that might be the best decision you make this year, changing your whole perspective of your home.

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Why Us, Doors

The 1 Thing That Makes Us Different From 90% of “Door Companies” Out There

If you search Orange County, you’ll find plenty of companies that call themselves door companies. Today’s Entry Doors is one of them, but there’s something that sets us apart. It’s that something that allows us to offer truly quality entry doors, that brings our customers back to us over and over again. But what is it? What sets us apart from a crowd of “door companies” and gives us the reputation for excellence that we’ve earned.
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