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The Basics Of Our High-End Classic Or Traditional Entry Doors

Classic Entry Doors Have Been Around Forever.
We’ve Been Installing Them For Decades!

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we work with folks in the Orange County, CA area from all walks of life and all age groups. We’ve been doing so for decades with great success, and when it comes to Classic or Traditional Entry Doors, the vast majority of these customers are older.

Why?

Because these types of entry doors are styled to be more old school! They present a specific traditional look, and for the older generations they’re FAMILIAR. This style has been around for, well, forever.

Our customers who choose the traditional look want something subtler, without all the flamboyant or decorative bells and whistles. They want a door that matches their older-styled home and looks OUTSTANDING!

Here’s a great example from our Entry Door Galleries that we installed in the Orange, CA area.

What you have here is a classic 60×80 (double 30’’) Jeld-Wen fiberglass entry door system with a mahogany grain, factory-stained Caramel. It’s got special Q glass with a Dark Patina caming and Emtek Saratoga hardware in Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

As you can see, it’s incredibly inviting but solid, straightforward, and minimally accentuated. If you want to see what the epitome of this style looks like, here’s another center-arch design with multi-panel.

This is another Jeld-Wen model from the Aurora Estate line with mahogany skin, factory-strained Chappo. It also sports Q glass, and with Patina caming. While hard to see, it’s complemented by a ProVia DuraGuard screen in blue. We installed this for a nice family in the Westminster, CA area.

Where do you usually find these? In well-established neighborhoods. They tend to give off that ‘Welcome home!” vibe that refreshes the look of the property without drastically changing the overall aesthetic.

 

Ornate, but simple; refined, but elegant; softer wooden colors, but charming. You’ll typically see curved lines with raised paneling and a hint of Victorian-styling with the glass choices.

Let’s look at a third example.

This is another Fiberglass Entry Door from Masonite.

What differs is that the top half is Harlow Glass with an Antique Black caming, then a classic two-panel design takes up the bottom. The grain is oak, complemented with a factory-stained Antique Oak. We installed this for an older couple in the Laguna Hills, CA area – feel free to check out our Service Areas section to see if we install entry doors in your neck of the woods.

In Summary: Consult Your Local Entry Door Experts

Interested in updating your home with a high-quality, custom fiberglass classic or traditional door and have questions or concerns? Reach out and Contact Us! Today’s Entry Doors is the premier entry door company in all of Southern California, and we have the answers.

We’re happy to make an effort and talk with you as much as you need. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Learn Why Craftsman Front Doors Have Been Around Forever

The Truth About Craftsman Front Doors:
They Fit Any Orange County Home!

Craftsman entry doors have been around, well, forever… and for good reasons.

Even today, they’re a very popular entry door. We regularly help homeowners customize and then install on Orange County homes (we’re full-service). In this article, let’s spend a few minutes going over the fundamentals so you can understand why they’ll NEVER go out of style.

First, what exactly is a Craftsman Front Door? As we explain the differences, we’ll include images from our Entry Door Galleries to give you some great visuals.

Like this one!

These are front door systems you could consider ‘traditional’ that effortlessly blend with more modern looking homes. The one in the image above is a single 42×80 fiberglass model from Jeld-Wen with sleek black paint and six windows of clear glass.

  • Glass takes up the top third of the door.
  • Craftsman doors always come in one core piece (but can be made dutch).
  • Then the bottom two-thirds is a type of panel design.
  • Usually, there are two panels, but there can be only one as well.

Traditionally they were made of natural hardwoods, but many homeowners today prefer updated materials. We only install Fiberglass Entry Doors that are professionally stained or painted to look like hardwood.

Why Are They Called ‘Craftsman Doors’?

They originate from early 20th-century craftsman homes, which themselves came from the ‘Arts & Crafts’ movement rooted in old English culture of the late 19th century. They tended to be simple, made of natural materials, and were dynamically contrasted from the elaborate Victorian-style homes.

 

The good news is, they work with really any style of home here in the Orange County area of Southern California. It doesn’t matter whether you have a conventional-looking home or something a bit more artistic in terms of architecture and coloring.

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And, they’re quite versatile!

Most of the time, our customers go with a clean-cut shaker look with square panels and no molding (vs. raised panels), but these kinds of doors are very flexible. You can add sidelites. You can get creative with the type of glass you choose, make them dutch, and compliment them with a whole host of customizations.

For example, the one linked above with the beautiful puppy is a 36×80 model in Cordovan Red with six clear-glass windows in the door and a set of contrasting white sidelites with five windows (also clear).

Or, how about this next one that has a single operable single sidelite in a smokey blue color. We installed it in a gorgeous Huntington Beach home (explore some of our Case Studies).

 

So, while the overall layout of craftsman doors is going to be the same, in general, you can really mix things up with the color, paneling, glass choices, sidelites, and hardware you choose.

Bottom Line: Talk With Your Local Entry Door Experts

Interested in updating your home with a high-quality, custom fiberglass craftsman door and have questions or concerns? Reach out and Contact Us! Today’s Entry Doors is the premier entry door company in all of Southern California, and we have the answers.

We’re happy to make an effort and talk with you as much as you need. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Dig Into The Basics Of Our Premium Rustic-Style Entry Doors

Rustic Entry Doors Are A Very Specific Style
We’ve Installed In Local Homes For Decades

Here in Orange County and across most of Southern California, there are many what we like to call both “Mediterranean” or “Spanish-themed” homes with white or tan stucco siding and Spanish tile roofing.

Rustic Style is one kind of premium entry door system that works perfectly with them.

We’ve impeccably installed these systems for homeowners for decades and know them extremely well. In this article, let’s talk about the basics of rustic doors and, as we do, show you some examples from our Entry Door Galleries.

Let’s start with this one:

What you’re looking at there is a gorgeous Jeld-Wen Fiberglass Entry Door we installed in the Mission Viejo, CA area. It’s sized at 36×80, with a soft Knotty Alder grain, factory-stained Honey. As you can see, it has a Seville speakeasy grille – which is a decorative grille in front of a hatch window paired with glass you can open from the inside to look out.

  • They tend to have a stained wood look.
  • Rustic doors tend to have planked panel designs.
  • Many will be accentuated by wrought iron accessories, or clavos.

Here’s an example we installed that has both clavos and speakeasies. Some folks just want one or the other, but sporting both is also popular as well.

Those beautiful rustic double doors we installed in San Clemente are from the Jeld-Wen Aurora Estate line, also with a Knotty Alder Grain, factory-stained Caramel. The speakeasy has wrought iron grilles, then the Flat Black hardware is Emtek Greeley.

They look regal, don’t they?

Planked panels are common because they make the doors look very strong. Coupled with our added security measures and those from our high-end manufacturers, they keep would-be burglars away with ease!

 

Are you familiar with wrought iron? These stout designs are perfect for rustic doors. And there’s so much you can do in terms of customizations, especially when you pair them with gorgeous kinds of glass.

Here’s an easy example.

That is a Therma-Tru model, with Rustic grain, factory-stained Cherry. The glass behind that beautiful grille is Augustine, and then you’ve got the sharp Flat Black Emtek Saratoga hardware. But how about that wrought iron? Stunning. And while it’s blocked from view, their home is a perfect match.

In Conclusion: Contact Your Local Entry Door Experts

Interested in updating your home with a high-quality, custom fiberglass rustic door system and have questions or concerns? Reach out and Contact Us! Today’s Entry Doors is the premier entry door company in all of Southern California, and we have the answers.

We’re happy to make an effort and talk with you as much as you need. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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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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Questions To Ask When Buying A New Entry Door

The Best Questions To Ask When Buying A New Front Door

Looking to replace your front door? There are many questions to think about before selecting the best type of door for the front entrance of your home. You may be thinking about style, color, and even a beautiful handle and door knocker, however there are some very specific and important questions to ask before you choose the right door for your home. Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we have a large selection of beautiful doors that can change the entire look of your home and make a true statement. Our door replacement company can help you make the best decision, but what are the best questions to ask when buying a new front door?

Style

Let’s focus on style first. With so many choices, this is truly the fun and creative part of the process. You have a vision in mind but aren’t exactly sure what materials would be best. It’s great to focus on the architectural style of your home, the accenting colors, and also what materials your home is made of. Don’t forget that the types of doors we offer can be customized, so if you are looking for a solid fiberglass door with a glass insert to allow in the light, this can be accomplished. There are also architectural styles like craftsman, contemporary, and dutch doors.

Next is the color. This is one of the most exciting parts of the process. There are so many shades to choose from, and if you choose a fiberglass door, the sky’s the limit! Perhaps your personality is saying, “I want something bright and bold and modern.” Or, instead, you are looking for a traditional door with a subdued shade. Either way, Today’s Entry Doors can create this for you.

Security

A new entry door must be secure. Part of this is the hardware you will choose for your actual door such as locks, handles, deadbolts, hinges, levers and knobs, and accessories such as doorbells and door bumpers. Because security is so important these days, you also want a solid door that can ensure your safety, keep pests out, and also be incredibly strong.

Materials

So many options, but which materials are best for my front door? Fiberglass is an excellent option because it is durable, has a wonderful warranty, and also holds up much better than wood when it comes to the elements. The best part about fiberglass is that it can be made to look exactly like wood and can be finished in so many different colors and styles. This is one of our best-selling doors at Today’s Entry Doors because of its durability and lifespan. It is secure, resists damage, and holds up well to the sun.

One of the best fiberglass doors is the Therma-Tru Doors. They hold one of the best warranties, are solid and secure, and hold up to the weather. But, where can you buy a Therma-Tru door? Here at Today’s Entry Doors! They are the top brand we have in stock for our clients because they are so energy-efficient.

It’s Your Choice

The process is a lot of fun for both our clients and our team here at Today’s Entry Doors.  We can create a pre-hung door for you or go through the entire customization process.  The choices are endless and we have extensive experience with installing doors- it’s what we do!  We stand behind our promise and all of our products offer a wonderful warranty for our customers and their doors.  Because we created our own method of installation that is proprietary to our organization, the installation process is easy and stress-free.

Today’s Entry Doors goes the extra mile to give you several customizable options to ensure that you are safe and secure in your home. Plus, be sure to check out our door gallery and see why we are the top door replacement company out there!

Interested in replacing your front entry 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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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.

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.