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Basics Of Decorative Glass For Premium Entry Doors

Learn The Basics Of Decorative Glass
For Premium Entry Doors

We Always Help Homeowners Get The Right Glass
To Suit Their New Front Door System

Decorative glass (sometimes referred to as ‘leaded glass’) is an important topic for Orange County homeowners looking to invest in a premium new entry door system. We get asked about this topic on a very regular basis, so in this article, we’re going to look at the basics.

What Is Decorative Glass?

It means glass with some kind of design vs. basic privacy glass.

It can have multiple textures, it comes sandwiched between two panes of regular glass (making it triple-pane), and it’s combined with caming – a lined pattern – that’s either black, silver, or in some cases, gold.

Does It Dramatically Increase The Price Of The Door System?

To some degree, yes. Although it’s not necessarily on account of the decorative glass, but the amount of glass in the door in general. From there, it has to do with the type of glass. Typically, most folks keep the decorative glass on the minimal side.

Just remember, the more glass there is in the door, the more light that’s going to come through. And while it might be nice to get a lot of decorative glass, some folks have security concerns. They also don’t want the cleaning and maintenance that comes along with it.

  • Single Door: Generally $4,000-$6,000 installed. As you add more glass, you move towards the higher end of that price range.
  • Double Door: Generally $8,000-$10,000 installed. As you add more glass, you move towards the higher end of that price range.

What’s The Most Common?

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we find that half-glass options are the most common. This is usually because people want to show off as much as they can without going full-glass. The other issue is that we do a LOT of special-sized double doors (30-inches), which is somewhat unique for our area. In the rest of the country, this size is harder to come by.

Let’s look at some examples from Our Entry Door Galleries. We’ll start with a three-quarter glass door.

An Example Door With Three-Quarter Decorative Glass

What we have there are classic 8-Foot Tall Fiberglass Exterior Double Doors. They’re from Therma-Tru, they have nice smooth skin, and they’ve been factory-painted Cranberry. The glass is Saratoga with crushed nickel caming and satin nickel hardware.


Now let’s look at a Craftsman Front Door with only the top 3rd of the door sporting decorative glass. This particular model is from Jeld-Wen, with an oak texture, “X” glass design and shelf, and it’s been stained Carmel with antiquing. We installed this one in Westminster, CA.

Craftsman-Style With Top 3rd Decorative Glass

How about full decorative glass? Sure thing! Below are more classic-styled double entry doors from Therma-Tru. They also have nice smooth skin that’s been factory-painted Vineyard. The glass is fullite Blackstone glass with brushed nickel caming. We installed these in Anaheim, CA.

Full Decorative Glass Example

The last example we’ll look at is half-glass. It’s a 60”x80” double entry door system from Masonite. The glass is Harlow glass with antique black caming, an oak grain, and antique oak factory staining. We installed these doors in Laguna Hills, CA.

Example Door With Half Glass

One Important Thing To Note About Manufacturers

All entry door manufacturers have extensive catalogs with sections covering their decorative glass where they’ll go into the details, show their patterns, and discuss the type of glass and caming options. They also give you a privacy rating that’s usually on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being completely clear glass and 10 being total privacy glass.

Here’s what you need to know: those ratings can be VERY subjective. Because in any decorative glass design, it’s going to include clear bevels – square, oval, or circular glass you can see right through.

Be wary of manufacturer ratings. In our experience, if it says 9, it’s likely not a 9. But don’t be too concerned. Just look at the design and decide how private or not you think it’s going to be. When we get a chance to chat with you and help you put the full design together, we’ll ensure you get the exact amount of privacy you want.

Bottom Line: Decorative Glass Is A Great Upgrade

Decorative glass is beautiful and can really help to transform your entryway just exactly how you want it to be. If you live in or around Orange County and have questions or you’re interested, reach out and Contact Today’s Entry Doors.

We know everything there is to know, and we have decades of experience. Our friendly office staff will be happy to give you all the information you need. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Different examples of colors for front entry doors

How To Choose The Right Color For Your Front Door

How To Choose The Right Color Front Door In Orange County

Another Perfect Opportunity To Showcase Your Individuality

When it comes to choosing a new front entry door, the color you choose will play a big role in the rest of the home. Sure, many homes in Orange County opt for the same few shades of color — but it doesn’t always have to be this way!

The entry door to a home is the perfect opportunity to showcase your individual taste and personality, which goes beyond just settling on your favorite door style and calling it a day. 

We know a home remodeling project, big or small, comes with its own unique set of headaches. 

That is until Today’s Entry Doors gets on the case

Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will be well on your way to choosing the right color for your front entry door.

Decide Whether You Want To Stick Out Or Blend In

Before choosing any bold or neutral colors, you first must ask yourself, “Do I want my home to stick out from the crowd or blend in with the rest of the neighborhood?”.

While many neighborhoods in Southern California are filled with all different colors, styles, and sizes of entry doors, you may not want to be the only house on the block with a hot pink door when everyone else has a brown door.

Or, on the flip side, you do! The beauty of having your own living space is being able to choose a color that best suits you

It is important to keep in mind, however, that some HOA neighborhoods may regulate the color of the front door to stay consistent with the area — leaving you little choice in the matter. 

If you live around nature, you may want to try opting for a paint color similar to your surroundings, such as hues of brown, green, blue, or even red, to blend in with Mother Nature. 

Choose A Color That Screams “You”

At the end of the day, you are going to be the one looking at your front entry door day in and day out — you might as well love what you see! Choosing your favorite color paint for your front entry door could be the only splash of color on your home— don’t waste the opportunity!

If you are someone who loves experimenting with different colors but doesn’t want to risk painting your entire home, say, purple, for example — the entry door is the perfect middle ground. 

You can truly choose a color that screams “you” without risking criticism from your neighbors or potential buyers if you choose to sell your home. 

On the contrary, if you are someone who likes to keep things simple and classy, you can’t go wrong with hues of white, black, and gray. 

Think About Curb Appeal

Speaking of selling your home, curb appeal plays a huge role in determining a final sale or not. And when it comes to the curb appeal of your home, it’s safe to say the front entry door plays a major role. 

Of course, every style of home in every region of the United States will have different standards of what is hot, trendy, and in high demand. 

A certain color that may look phenomenal on a modern home may not look as great on a craftsman-style home and vice versa. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, it’s a good idea to think about what buyers would like to see. 

Keeping it simple on color choices can go either way — it all depends on the buyer. 

If you are not planning on selling your home, it’s still a good idea to keep in mind how your new color choice will affect the look of the entire home. 

Choosing The Right Paint — Not Just The Color

It goes without saying that you don’t want to have to repaint your front entry door every couple of years, or months for that matter. Doing your research ahead of time on the best paint to use for your front door will save you exponential amounts of time, money, and frustration for years to come. 

The paint you choose should be able to hold up to the elements your region faces, whether that be high winds, torrential downpours, frigid winters, or scorching heat waves. 

Be sure to take note of the type of finish you choose. The last thing you want to do is dish out your hard-earned money thinking you are purchasing paint with a matte finish when in reality, it’s glossy. 

Remember To Use Accents That Compliment The Door

As a general rule of thumb, you don’t typically want the color of your door trim to match the door itself. Instead, opt for a complimenting color that helps bring the eyes directly to the door instead of its surroundings. 

Additionally, you may want to match your siding with your entry door to make your home seem uniform. Sidelights, transoms, and light fixtures are all great additions to an entryway that can truly make a front door seem like an entrance into another world. 

Is Your Front Entry Door Due For A Makeover?
Give Today’s Entry Doors A Call Today!

If you are ready for the very best front entry doors available in Orange County, you have come to the right place! Changing the color of your entry door can be a simple and fun DIY project for the whole family and can transform your home from “meh” to “wow!” 

From our mobile showroom to our outstanding industry-leading warranties, you are in good hands when you choose our team here at Today’s Entry Doors. 

Give us a call at (714) 912-1579 to schedule your free quote today! 

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Explore Some Of Our Entry Door Reviews From Orange County

Browse A Sampling Of Our Customer Reviews
From Across The Greater Orange County Area

See Why Homeowners Are Glad They Chose Us!

When it comes to home improvement in the Orange County area, contractors can tell you basically… anything. But it’s critical that you VERIFY what they’re saying, which isn’t always easy. A popular way, however, is through real authentic customer reviews!

In fact, one of the most common steps people take before contacting us here at Today’s Entry Doors is to check out our Google and Yelp reviews. We’ve racked up a few hundred so far.

In this blog, we’d like to quickly look at a handful of them on both platforms to shine a light on the specific parts of their experience with us that people find most important.

Let’s dive in!

A Sampling Of Our Google Reviews

This first one speaks about the challenges of weighing a custom, high-quality entry door system you would get from a specialist like us vs. a much less expensive, common, and cookie-cutter option from a major home improvement platform.

Review From Tom, R.

“So, it was definitely time to replace our front doors…”

We hear this a TON.

By the time many folks make the decision to upgrade their main entry door, their current door is usually out of date, in bad shape, and not as functional as they would like. Tom here searched around the major home improvement stores but discovered that 30-inch double doors aren’t considered ‘standard’ (Learn more about Entry Door Sizes).

“I started searching for other options and wasn’t real thrilled with what I was finding. I didn’t want to purchase the door from one company and then have to find another to install it.”

And that’s a major factor in this process. At Today’s Entry Doors, we’re a full-service provider. We’re going to help you choose the perfect door and then install it for you with painstaking precision. Tom and his wife decided that’s what they wanted, so they headed online to check out our reviews and liked what they saw!

“My wife and I visited their showroom in Orange and spoke to their main office person. He was very knowledgeable and patient in answering our questions. We then set up an appointment to have them come out to our home with their mobile showroom and take measurements.”

Absolutely. Everyone who works for our company, whether they’re our installer or the individual driving our Mobile Showroom and doing home consultations… is extremely well-versed in our products. Based on their choices, we set expectations at 8-12 weeks, but actually received them at our warehouse and called them after only 7.

“They came out and did the install in a few hours and did a great job. I’m pretty picky and this company was a pleasure to work with from start to finish.”

We’re not a provider of cheap entry doors or entry door systems. Part of the reason is that with us, you don’t have to worry about a bad experience, getting improper measurements, or being treated poorly. Tom and his wife felt it was definitely worth the cost to get great-looking doors with no problems whatsoever and ended up being thrilled!

Review From Victoria, B.

This review from Victoria is short and sweet but touches on all the major points. As you’ll see, she chose a Quality Dutch Door with an added screen. These are rather common here in the Orange County area. It’s gorgeous!

“Today’s Entry Doors is a 5-star company. From the initial contact, sales process, sourcing, and installation… I was extremely pleased with my experience. The value delivered is noteworthy! They effortlessly replaced my 35-year-old wood entry door with a beautiful dutch door with a retractable screen system… Today’s Entry Doors delivered on their commitment!”

Review From Humberto, C.

This review is similar to the first we shared. The family was tired of their old door in horrible shape and decided to invest in an entry door that would last and be something they could be proud of.

“This review is long overdue! Our entry door when we moved into our house was horrible. We would avoid using it because it got stuck and made so much noise we would exit and enter through the garage instead.”

What a bummer! They would even avoid using the door and really didn’t want to put money into maintenance or repairs. Another common situation we run into.

“So, I got to looking for quotes, but most of these places had mixed reviews until I came across Today’s Entry Doors. They were extremely professional from the start.”

We pride ourselves on the initial parts of how we conduct business. We don’t use pressure sales. We don’t bombard you with brochures. We don’t treat you unprofessionally. Instead, we listen CAREFULLY and then give you the information you need to make the best choice.

“It did take our door a few months to arrive, but it was definitely worth the wait. Their guy came out to install it and he was clean and organized. I’m very OCD so I can tell when work is done right. No more noises, no more hard to open and close doors! Thank you, there’s a reason why you guys have 5 stars.”

We’re OCD as well; committed to the finer details of premium entry door systems. Humberto and his family LOVED their new choice.


A Sampling Of Our Yelp Reviews

Review From Kelley, W.

After reading this, you’ll notice common themes we find in about 80% of our reviews: appreciation for our professionalism, our Long-Standing, Proven Process, and the value we represent. Not to mention timeliness.

“I can’t recommend Today’s Entry Doors highly enough! Their professionalism from start to finish was outstanding. Everything about the process from door selection to ordering, to installation was flawless. They under-promise and over-deliver. Our doors arrived about 3 weeks before anticipated. They advised that installation would take approximately 5-6 hours, but the job was completed (and completely cleaned) in just under 4 hours.”

We take keeping a tidy workspace and cleaning up after ourselves very seriously. Our installers aren’t subcontractors, they’re our in-house, highly-trained, and detail-oriented experts. The quality control methods we’ve perfected over decades ensure everything is showroom-quality.

“We have already received many compliments in the 6 days since they were installed. 5 out of 5 stars. Would recommend them!”

Review From Judith, V.

Along with timeliness and our super-popular mobile showroom, the big part of our process that Judith’s review touches on is our proactive and accommodating approach to communication.

“From start to finish Today’s Entry Doors provided excellent service, quality, and communication. They came to my home with the Mobile Showroom which allowed me to see the doors, colors, and styles up close, without leaving my street.”

We’ve had the mobile showroom for a long time. It’s great. We put it together because we wanted to make the process of choosing this caliber of entry door (and getting measurements at home) much easier.

“After the deposit was made I had regular communication by email and phone with their office. They kept me advised on door arrival estimates and amazingly my door arrived almost 2 months earlier than expected. A bonus for me!”

It’s important for you to be in the loop when lead times are what they are these days. Regardless, we aren’t going to leave you hanging or wondering what’s going on with your project.

“Then I was sent an email about what to expect on installation day. The installer came exactly on time and I had a brand new door in about 4 hours. I watched him go about his work like the pro that he is, and wow I have a fabulous-looking new Dutch door! I can’t praise Today’s Entry Doors enough for quality product and service.”

Review From Matt, K.

This last review from Matt really just emphasizes what we’ve been reading so far. And despite the longer-than-usual lead time (thanks to the country-wide events of 2020), he and his wife were extremely happy.

“We are so happy with our new double doors at our home thanks to Today’s Entry Doors! Our installer was extremely friendly and professional throughout the installation. Due to supply chain disruption, we had about a 4-month timeframe from when we ordered the doors until they arrived and were installed. They checked in with us every few weeks to provide updates and timelines, which was appreciated.”

While it might seem we only install ultra-expensive, high-end entry door systems, you might be shocked to learn we have a large variety of more affordable options as well. Not every project calls for a ‘forever home’ style door.

“Since this is not our “forever” home, we decided not to go with a high-end entry but had to replace the hideous 50-year-old doors that were still attached to the house! We received quotes from a few different companies and were very pleased with our choice. Highly recommend if you’re looking for new doors!”

You Can Find More On Our Reviews Page

In Conclusion: We Take Great Care Of Our Customers

And they definitely appreciate it! Thanks to families like these, we’ve been very fortunate and blessed with success. If you’d like to learn more about us or chat with one of our experts here in the office, don’t hesitate to reach out and Contact Us. We’re happy to give you all the information and answers you need. Thanks for your time today, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Learn About Your Basic Entry Door Hardware Options

Your Basic Entry Door Hardware Options

After All Other Door Options Have Been Made,
It’s Important To Pick The Right Set

We Help OC Homeowners Get It Just Right Every Time

Hardware… it’s one of those things that tends to come at the end of the initial design consultation. We see it all the time. Customers work with our entry door specialists to go through the (sometimes slightly exhausting) process of picking the door style, size, the glass, the coloring, sidelights, etc., and then we say,

“Well done! This is going to look outstanding. Now, how about the hardware?”

They tend to think…‘oh great, more choices!

For some people that’s exciting, but for others, not so much.

When it comes to hardware, you’ve got a wide variety with Today’s Entry Doors to find the perfect match.

Let’s take a quick look at the two brands we work with.

Hardware Manufacturer #1: Kwikset

This is what we consider our more popular or familiar brand. They tend to have the edge over our second manufacturer in terms of tech: electronic locks, smart deadbolts, great security sets for Extra Safety & Security, etc. We estimate roughly 9 of 10 of our customers each month choose them.

They can be keyed to other exterior doors, they have plenty of styles, and a cornerstone set of nine colors to choose from:

  • Venetian Bronze
  • Satin Nickel – Antique Nickel
  • Polished Chrome – Satin Chrome
  • Polished Brass – Antique Brass – Lifetime Polished Brass
  • Matte Black

Hardware Manufacturer #2: Emtek

This is what we consider our more premium brand of exterior door hardware. They aren’t ‘better’ really, just pricier and more on the high-end: they have more options (for example, 20 available finish options), and a wider selection of styles.

  • Contemporary
  • American Classic & American Designer
  • Crystal & Porcelain
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Rustic Living
  • Tuscany
  • Art Nouveau

How Do You Pick The Right Set?

In terms of choosing exterior door hardware here in the Orange County, CA area, it really depends on the style of the door and your entryway. So, for example, let’s say you’re going with a modern or Contemporary-Style Door, you might want to choose from the square/rectangular shapes with nice straight lines and a streamlined look.


Or, let’s say you’ve got a wood-looking, spanish-style Fiberglass Exterior Door. You might consider rounded hardware with curves that match the detail and the curves of the door.

There’s also color to consider. By far, our three most common finishes are:

  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Satin Nickel
  • Matte Black

Hardware really puts the icing on the cake, so to speak. For example, satin nickel makes black or dark-colored doors really pop (in a good way). With a replicated wood, or darker-stained wood door, many people go with the black or bronze.

Wrapping Up: We Help You Get Every Detail Just Right

Have more questions concerning entry door hardware, or anything else pertaining to our high-end door systems and full-service approach? Don’t hesitate to reach out and Contact Us Today.

Speak to real specialists with a long-standing track record of genuine ‘bend of backward’ customer service. We’re happy to give you all the time you need. Thanks so much, and we look forward to chatting with you!

How To Choose The Right Size Front Door
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How to Choose the Right Size for Your Front Door

How To Choose The Right Size
Front Door In Orange County

Save Yourself Time And Money With These
Helpful Tips From The Experts

Choosing the right size entry door can be quite the confusing experience for some Orange County homeowners, and we don’t blame them! If you are one of many homeowners looking to replace their front entry door, you are in the right place.

Homes that are currently being built offer the largest opportunity for customizing the size of front door and additional features.

Homes typically have strict restrictions on how large or small a front entry door can be to maintain structural integrity, so you want to make sure you are choosing the right size.

Let’s talk about how Orange County homeowners can choose the right size front door!

Initial Measurements

While most door installation teams will measure your home for exact numbers upon arrival for the consultation, it’s always a good idea to have a rough idea of your current front door size. This will help us determine which door styles you have available for your home along with a rough estimate of the price.

Measuring your front entry door is a pretty simple task and should only take you a few minutes.

First, it’s important to keep in mind you want to measure only the door while excluding any trim or jamb.

Take your tape measure and place it as flat as you can across the width of the door to get your first measurement, the typical front door is roughly 36 inches wide.

To measure the height, simply place your tape measure in the middle of the door at the bottom and record the number that the top of the door rests at. The typical front door is roughly 80 inches in height.

These two measurements will give us enough information to curate a list of front doors for your home!

Choosing The Right Size Front Door For A Standing Home

Depending on how your home was built, you could have a lot of options when it comes to the size of your front door, or you could have very few. Before making any structural changes to your home, be sure to contact the original builder or have your new contractor review the blueprints and floor plan.

Many homes can actually accommodate a larger size door than the one that was originally installed, but this extra space is often taken up by walls, windows, or sidelights.

In this day and age, no matter what size front door your home requires, there is a seemingly endless list of door style options.

It may cost a little extra upfront to have your doorway widened for a larger door, but it can greatly increase the value of the home.

Choosing The Right Size Front Door On A New Home

Let’s face it, sometimes the only true way to achieve your dream home is by having it built yourself from the ground up. This way, you can fine-tune each and every detail about the home in the first go without having to hire additional home contractors.

If you are currently having your home built, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the size of your front door. Similar to other trends, bigger is typically always better!

Opting for an 8-foot tall door, for example, can completely transform your home’s entryway into a grand masterpiece. If you really want your home to stand out from the rest, double doors are sure to draw the eye.

At the end of the day, it comes down to what you want! When it comes to front door sizes, the world is truly your oyster.

Additional Things To Keep In Mind

Similar to other home remodeling projects, replacing your front entry door isn’t necessarily cheap. While our front doors are proven to give you the best bang for your buck, you still want to make sure you do your due diligence before making any purchases.

Be sure to keep in mind the following key points when choosing the right size front door for your home:

  • Cost: This is a big one for most Orange County homeowners. The cheapest door replacement is one that utilizes the space already in a home. The larger the door, the larger the price point.
  • Time: If your home is structurally built for 80-inch doors, but now you want to have 96-inch doors installed, it’s going to take some time. Because the front door plays such a big role in the home, it’s imperative to have a study front door. Sometimes the best front door is the one that can be replaced as quickly as possible to ensure maximum safety and energy efficiency.
  • Availability: Having your heart set on one specific style of door may prove disappointing if it is not available in your preferred size. The best course of action to avoid disappointment is to first determine the size front door you would like, then look for styles and color choices.

Still Confused About What Size Front Door You Need?
Don’t Worry, We Are Here To Help!

At Today’s Entry Doors, we take the guessing game out of choosing a new front door. Because fiberglass entry doors are our specialty, we have years of experience helping homeowners determine the right size front door for their homes.

If you are an Orange County homeowner struggling to find the right size front door, reach out to us!

We can be reached Tuesday-Saturday by calling our office located in Orange at (714) 974-5728 or by contacting us today!

7 Reasons To Consider A Craftsman Entry Door
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7 Reasons To Consider A Craftsman
Entry Door For Your SoCal Home

Craftsman Doors Are A Beloved Choice
For Many Homeowners

If you are looking to add a bit of character to your Southern California home, a Craftsman front entry door is one of the best choices you can make. Craftsman doors, although they have been around for over 100 years, are still a wildly popular door choice for many homeowners.

While Craftsman doors are typically constructed from hardwood, fiberglass doors reign supreme in this day and age. Not only does fiberglass offer the same aesthetic appeal as real wood, but it also lasts considerably longer!

Let’s talk about the top 7 reasons to consider a craftsman entry door for your Orange County home!

What Exactly Are Craftsman Doors?

Craftsman front entry doors are simply one particular style of door, and lucky for you, we offer them here at Today’s Entry Doors! Craftsman doors first popped up in modern architecture in the early 1900s in England and have often been associated with the Arts & Crafts Movement, a time in which many fresh ideas were born.

Simplified versions of modern Craftsman doors share the following attributes:

  • Panes of glass cover the top third section of the door, typically more than three panes and often in a grid-like pattern.
  • Usually one solid piece of material, although we do offer Dutch-style craftsman doors.
  • The bottom two-thirds of the door features a panel pattern.

1. Craftsman Doors Look Great On All Homes

One of the most beloved attributes of Craftsman doors is the pure versatility in how they can be used around the home. While most people utilize Craftsman doors in front entryways, they can be installed virtually anywhere! Not only that, Craftsman doors look phenomenal on modern and classic-style homes alike.

2. Craftsman Doors Add Natural Light To The Home

Craftsman doors can have as many or as few windows as you would like. While larger panes of glass may reduce the level of privacy in the home, it can greatly increase the amount of natural light. If you live far enough away from prying eyes, large glass panels are the way to go.

3. Craftsman Doors Are Built Tough

Craftsman doors are well known for being constructed from hardwoods such as mahogany, oak, maple, walnut, cherry, and so on. These types of hardwoods are, well, hard!

While wood craftsman doors may look stunning at first, wood is well known for having one of the shortest lifespans of any door materials. Luckily, our Craftsman doors are built to last and are backed by our lifetime warranty.

4. Craftsman Doors Maintain Historic Value

If you live in a historic part or neighborhood of Orange County, you may be required to maintain the historic appearance and value of a home. When it comes time for a remodel, you have to be very careful about the products you choose.

Whether you decide to go with fiberglass or wooden Craftsman doors, they will both be suitable options for most historic homes. Unfortunately, many styles of doors do not meet history-related regulations.

5. Craftsman Doors Increase The Curb Appeal Of A Home

In a world where first impressions matter quite a bit, you want to make sure your home sets the bar high from the very first glance. Your front entry door says a lot about your home and a Craftsman door is a great way to showcase your individual style and taste. If you are considering selling your home, an attractive front entry door can increase the asking price.

6. Craftsman Doors Can Add Ventilation To The Home

Since we are blessed with warm weather most of the year, opting for a Craftsman Dutch door could be a great idea for your home. Dutch doors have two separate sections that can be individually opened and closed. Having just the top section open will bring in the cool breeze from outside while keeping pets and children safely locked inside.

7. Craftsman Doors Are Wildly Customizable

We’ve already covered a few ways you can customize Craftsman doors to suit your home, but the options are truly endless! From different sizes and shapes of glass panels to unlimited color combinations, Craftsman doors can truly be the best entry door choice for your home.

Your New Craftsman Front Entry Door

Is Just A Call, Or Click, Away!

Whether you are looking to replace your existing entry door or are choosing one for the first time, we are here to help! To make things as stress-free as possible, we will show up at your door with our mobile showroom filled to the brim with industry-leading fiberglass doors and door samples.

If you are thinking of having a Craftsman entry door installed on your Orange County home, reach out the door pros! We only specialize in entry doors and are ready to answer any questions you may have!

Call our Orange office at (714) 974-5728 or contact us today!

7 Things You Should Consider When Choosing A New Front Entry Door
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7 Things To Consider When Choosing A New Front Entry Door

7 Things Orange County Homeowners
Should Consider When Choosing
A New Front Entry Door

After all, An Entry Door Says A Lot About Your Home

If you are an Orange County homeowner looking to upgrade or replace your existing front entry door, you may have noticed there are a seemingly endless array of options. The whole endeavor can seem a little daunting, especially if you are not keen on industry terms and lingo.

Front entry doors play a huge role for the home, and you want to make sure you are choosing the very best door for you and your home’s needs.

Since doors are our passion and specialty, we took it upon ourselves to break down 7 things Orange County homeowners should consider when choosing a new front entry door.

1. Door Material

Undoubtedly, the first and foremost thing you should consider when choosing a front entry door is the type of build material you want. While the three main door types are fiberglass, wood, and steel; we only recommended and install fiberglass doors. You should want a door that lasts for many years, looks great and performs as it should. And for that, fiberglass doors are the only option in our eyes.

Each type of door material poses its own list of pros and cons, but through independent research, you will find that fiberglass doors outperform all others in every way imaginable.

2. Energy Efficiency

The type of door you choose will play a big role in the overall energy efficiency of the home. It can get pretty hot here in Southern California, and typically stays that way for most of the year. Fiberglass doors are great at keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter because of their superior insulation.

Fiberglass doors are proven to be up to five times more energy-efficient than wooden doors, saving you money on cooling costs throughout the year. They are great insulators during the colder months as well, as rare as they are.

3. Door Style

The front entry door is typically the first thing people see upon arrival and the last thing they see on their way out, it can make or break a first impression. The style of door you choose says a lot about your style and home life. Front entry doors are a phenomenal way to showcase your creative and fun side without having to undergo an extreme remodeling project.

At Today’s Entry Doors, we offer Orange County homeowners a wide range of fiberglass door styles to suit any and all preferences. Want to stand out in a world of boring doors? Spruce up your home with a unique fiberglass door!

4. Door Size

In a world where more is always better, doors are no exception. Tall doors are a rising trend all over the United States, and California is no exception. Of course, not every home is structurally built to accommodate a larger door than the one that was originally installed, but it is often very doable. Larger could mean wider or taller, the choice is yours!

Front entry doors typically come in four common sizes, although we are able to fully customize any of the door options we carry.

5. Door Brand

No one likes to dish out hundreds of their hard-earned dollars just to have their door fail after just a few years. Doing your own independent research on reputable front entry door manufacturers will ensure you are getting the best band for your buck without all the gimmicks and games.

Since we are extremely picky here at Today’s Entry Doors, we recommend a very exclusive list of front entry door manufacturers that we trust for our loyal Orange County homeowners.

6. Security

It goes without saying you want the most secure front entry door to protect you and your loved ones from the outside world. Since the front door is the first line of defense against unwanted guests, you are going to want the strongest door you can have. Appropriate mechanisms and high-quality build materials are two of the most important factors contributing to the overall safety rating of a door.

7. Color

While it may not be the biggest concern on your list, the color of the front entry door you choose can actually affect a few key factors. The first and foremost is heat transfer. If your front entry door receives sunlight for most of the day, opting for a light-colored door will prevent excess heat build-up within the home.

If you choose a completely dark-colored door then it could become quite hot to the touch in the summer, not to mention the amount of heat that will inevitably make its way indoors. Choosing a font entry door that is a contrasting color compared to the rest of the home will add a modern touch without going over the top.

Ready To Upgrade Your Front Entry Door?
Give The Door Experts A Call Today!

By focusing all of our efforts and talents on a single specialty service, we can truly be the best at what we do. And for us, it’s front entry doors! No one else in Orange County cares about doors as much as we do, and the proof is in the pudding.

If you are ready to upgrade your front entry door to the absolute best door in the industry, reach out to the door experts today! You can reach our Orange office at (714) 974-5728 Monday-Friday or by scheduling a free consultation today, we are looking forward to your inquiry!

The Best Front Entry Door Brands For Orange County Homeowners
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What Are The Best Door Brands For Your New Front Entry Door

The Best Front Entry Door Brands For
Orange County Homeowners

We Did The Trial-And-Error So You Don’t Have To!

With all the various entry door manufacturers available on the market today for Orange County homeowners, it can be quite tricky, not to mention time-consuming, to truly find the best one. While each home is built in its own unique way, the front entry door plays a huge role in every single home.

What do people see the first time they are entering your home? The front door.

In a world where first impressions are everything, you want to make sure your front entry door matches the personality your home is trying to convey.

Curb appeal, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity are the hot topics when it comes to choosing the best brand for your new front entry door.

Lucky for you, our team here at Today’s Entry Doors has done the excruciating legwork of choosing the absolute best fiberglass door manufacturers for our customers to eliminate the guessing game of choosing a new front entry door.

Fiberglass Doors: The End-All Be-All For Entry Doors

We have made it our mission here at Today’s Entry Doors to only provide Orange County homeowners with the very best doors. Because doors are all we do, you could say we’ve had a bit of time to dial in our best practices.

When it comes to an entry door that truly gives you the best bang for your buck, nothing else compares to fiberglass doors. Fiberglass doors are affordable, last substantially longer than wood doors, and look absolutely stunning on any home!

Because we feel so strongly that fiberglass doors are the only front entry doors you should consider for your home, we chose to only carry them!

Best Front Entry Door Brands

Therma-Tru Doors

Therma-Tru Entry Doors

As one of the first few door manufacturers to mass-produce fiberglass doors, it’s no wonder they are at the top of the list for most homeowners. If you are looking for unique door styles combined with unmatched longevity, Therma-Tru is the perfect brand for you.

Therma-Tru has specialized in fiberglass doors for nearly 30 years and has recently come out with a line of entry doors that mimic classic wood grain patterns to perfectly match any home. Additionally, their vast array of styles, sizes, and colors ensure even on a tight budget, you can have a beautiful front entry door.

The last thing you want is to dish out your hard-earned money just to have a new front entry door perform the same as the old. Luckily, Therma-Tru offers extensive warranties to back their products in case of manufacturer discrepancies.

Jeld-Wen Aurora Doors

Jeld-Wen Aurora Entry Doors

Jeld-Wen Aurora fiberglass doors are one of the few door options available on the market that passes our over-the-top quality standard assessments. When your home requires a bit more class and character, Jeld-Wen Aurora has got you covered.

The innovative minds at Jeld-Wen meticulously craft each door to be absolutely perfect, with a great deal of time spent on improving the overall energy efficiency of a front entry door. Front entry doors are the first line of defense from keeping out the harsh temperatures and conditions Mother Nature is so notorious for.

With minimal maintenance required and a complimentary 10-year warranty, your Jeld-Wen doors will continue to look stunning for years to come.

Masonite Doors

Masonite Double Entry Door

If you are looking for a seamless transition between the interior and exterior doors of your home, Masonite strategically specializes in exactly that! To date, Masonite offers 3 different exterior fiberglass door series with many color options in each series. Masonite fiberglass doors often utilize large panes of glass to bring additional natural sunlight into the home.

We have been in the front entry door industry for over 30 years and have entrusted Masonite with our fiberglass door needs for nearly as long. While we live and breathe fiberglass doors, Masonite also carries their own line of wood and steel doors, although they are not nearly as popular.

Masonite has designed their doors to be highly resistant to natural factors that affect the appearance and function of the front entry door such as UV rays, high winds, and freak storms. In Southern California, the last thing you want is for your new front entry door to start to fade from one summer in the sun.

Ready To Upgrade Your Front Entry Door?
Give The Door Experts A Call!

If you are a homeowner living in Orange County looking to have your front entry door replaced or installed for the first time, give us a call!

We only specialize in front entry doors and are here to answer any questions you have about our processes or products! While we have many examples of our past work in our galleries, we have more door options than we could ever show on our website.

You can reach us at our office located in Orange by calling (714) 974-5728 or by scheduling a free at-home consultation today!

6 Reasons Why Orange County Homeowners Should Choose 8-Foot Doors
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6 Reasons To Choose 8 Ft Doors For Your Home

6 Reasons Why Orange County
Homeowners Should Choose
8-Foot Doors

When It Comes To Doors, Bigger Is (Almost) Always Better!

The door of a home is the first thing guests typically notice upon arrival and the last thing they notice when it’s time to leave. The front entry door is not only the gateway into the lives of your family, but it is also a great way to showcase who you are as a person.

Bold colors and contrasting intricate patterns are one way to go, and the increased size is another! 8-foot doors are becoming increasingly popular for California homeowners, and Orange County is no exception. Let’s talk about the 6 reasons you should consider 8-foot doors for your home!

1. Your Home Has Tall Ceilings (10ft+)

Homes that have a tall roof can greatly benefit from 8-foot doors when talking purely about aesthetics. Having a standard-sized door in a home with tall ceilings can seem awkward, similar to the tiny door depicted in the hit movie Alice & Wonderland. Tall doors open up the entire living space while making living areas seem larger than they are.

If your home’s ceilings are under the 10-foot mark, 8-foot doors may seem a little too large for the home. At the end of the day, the right decision is the one that makes you happy.

2. Your Home Can Accompany The Extra Width + Height

Structurally speaking, not every home is built with the intention of the homeowner choosing 8-foot doors. Before making any rash decisions, be sure to contact the original builder of your home for more in-depth information on the availability of utilizing larger doors. If your home is being built for the first time, be sure to ask about 8-foot doors.

If there is already a window, or transom, above your door it may have to be removed in order to use a larger sized door. Tall skinny doors look awkward in most homes so be sure to take this into consideration when choosing the best places for 8-foot doors.

3. Your Home Needs More Light / Ventilation

Southern Californians are lucky enough to have clear sunny skies for the majority of the calendar year. Bringing as much of this natural light into the home is a common trend for homeowners, and 8-foot doors are the perfect helpers!

Tall doors that feature large panes of glass are exceptional at bringing natural light into the home. Half doors or Dutch doors can be opened at the halfway point to allow increased airflow and ventilation for the home without having to worry about pets or children running outside.

4. You Are An Exceptionally Tall Person / Have A Tall Family

Because the average door height in most homes is 6’8”, above-average height people may find themselves having to duck down to enter certain areas of the home. 8-foot doors around the home can make you feel more comfortable and less on edge knowing at any moment you could bonk your head for the thousandth time.

5. You Want A New Look For Your Home

Utilizing 8-foot doors around the home can take up a ton of unused space. Look above each of the doors around your home. This empty space can be filled with a taller door without having to compromise the structural integrity of the home, in most cases. An 8-foot entry door can make your home seem more like an estate rather than a townhouse.

6. You Want Your Home To Stand Out

While 8-foot doors are becoming more popular each year, they are still a bit of a hidden secret. Few homeowners ever consider upgrading the size of their doors let alone understand the benefits. Your home could be the only one on the street, or even in the neighborhood, that has 8-foot doors, and this can greatly raise the curb appeal and the overall value of your home.

Are You Ready To Make The Upgrade To A 8-Foot Door?
Reach Out To The Door Experts Today!

Here at Today’s Entry Doors, we are utterly obsessed with door replacements and installations. So obsessed, in fact, that we chose to only focus on doors! By utilizing our efforts on fiberglass entry doors, we can be the absolute best in the business. Orange County residents who are looking to have 8-foot doors installed in their new or existing home are in the right place!

We have a vast array of door options perfect to suit any home and style preferences. Are you ready to jump-start your home remodeling project?

Give us a call today!

We can be reached at our office in Orange by calling (714) 974-5728 Monday-Friday or you can schedule your free quote consultation today!

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The 4 Ways You Can Configure Your Entry Door’s Swing

Explore This Advantage Of A Complete Replacement Of Your Old Pre-Hung System.

If your current front door is like most, it swings inwards. One way or another, that’s become common here in the Orange County, CA area. And when you see the average pre-hung, cookie-cutter front door, they tend to follow this norm.

There are some functional reasons. Security, for example. When a door is kicked in, it’s typically at the hinges. They can be a weak point, so general manufacturers keep them inside the home, rather than outside. Plus, with an inward swinging front door you can easily peek at anyone knocking on or approaching the door.

How about aesthetics. Some folks don’t want to take the necessary steps to hide outside hinges or harden them in a good looking way.

But when it comes time to update your front door and replace it with a gorgeous, custom, high-caliber entry door system with us… you’ve got options.

Take this example image below from one of our Entry Door Galleries. This is a 96-inch Dutch Door with smooth skin; factory-painted white. The glass is hard to see, but it’s clear.

The 4 Directions

They’re pretty basic at first glance – the swing directions are always based on the exterior view of the door, as if you’re standing outside looking in. Also, keep in mind that with outswings, “left” and “right” doesn’t mean the hinges are on the left or the right. It’s the opposite!

  1. Left hand inswing (LHIS)
  2. Left hand outswing (LHOS).
  3. Right hand inswing (RHIS).
  4. Right hand outswing (RHOS).

Here are the diagrams we use to help explain these options to people who visit our showroom or who have us send out our Mobile Showroom.

What it comes down to is the surrounding environment directly inside or outside the door. For example, perhaps you’d like to sport vines or a nice planter outside on the right. Well, then an outward swing on the left might look great – unique, classy, welcoming.

Can you imagine outward swinging doors with an entry door like this: double 30-inch entry doors that have been factory-painted vineyard, with chinchilla glass and satin nickel hardware (we installed this system in the Anaheim area).

Because we do complete full-service, A to Z installations of The Very Best Doors, we remove and manufacture the frame so we can do almost anything. And let’s not forget there are other exterior doors like side-entry doors that you may want to swing differently. 


What if inside the doorway is a laundry area and appliances? What if you want to make more room inside? What if you want it much more wide open inside the entryway? It really comes down to the layout of the house (it’s common for us to do our work while other parts of the entryway and home are being remodeled as well).

That’s a 72×80-inch double side entry door system in white, which we installed in the Trabuco Canyon area. As you can see, the hinges are on the outside, but trust us, those doors are secure. Here’s another example from a high-quality fiberglass water heater door we installed:

Bottom Line: You Get The Exact Look You Want

The good news is that when you go with premium entry doors, you get premium features and benefits. You get to have everything exactly as you want it, to match your lifestyle, the aesthetic of your home, and your security needs.

Have more questions about our process? Curious about a dutch door perhaps? Want to learn all the ins and outs of getting a new custom fiberglass entry door system. Don’t hesitate to reach out and Contact The Entry Door Experts. We’re happy to take the time and treat you right!

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Just How Secure Are New Custom Fiberglass Entry Doors?

Just How Secure Are The Entry Doors Installed By Today’s Entry Doors?

Learn How We Reinforce The Vulnerable Points To Secure Orange County Homes

When you invest in a gorgeous new custom-designed entry door, you know it’s about much more than just beauty and aesthetics. The door’s primary function is to exist as a portal that also helps SECURE your home.

This is why we ONLY install The Very Best Doors that are well-built, incredibly sturdy, long-lasting, durable, and strong for our Orange County customers (and surrounding areas).

But here’s the secret – when it comes to Fiberglass Doors or really any other residential door, security doesn’t come primarily from the lock and hardware. Those definitely help, but when someone really wants to get inside, they need to break through the points of the door where the locks meet the frame (which hopefully isn’t in a weakened state).

A few quick points on the subject you should know:

  • A home intrusion is committed every 16 seconds in the United States.
  • Around 60% of burglars use forcible entry to gain access to a home.
  • Typically, burglars spend less than 60 seconds breaking into a home.
  • The more difficult it is to gain access, the more likely a burglar is to reconsider the attack.

What About Barricades Or Braces?

They’re effective, sure, but the downside of these devices is that they can only be armed when you’re inside. They leave your home vulnerable when you’re away.

To show you an integral part of our Proven Process, below is a video we made to illustrate the extra steps we take to ensure your new high-caliber entry door is EXTRA secure. We included a full transcription below as well.

Video Transcription

“Home invasion can happen to anybody, at any time. Your front or side door could be a vulnerable point of entry. Properly installed, your door lock is only part of the answer. Usually the problem isn’t the door or the hardware, it’s the wood frame that surrounds the door. The weak points are where the locks engage the frame.”

“Today’s Entry Doors uses a proprietary installation method to enhance security at these vulnerable points. We go above and beyond just following manufacturer instructions. We reinforce those areas of concern with individual 16-guage galvanized steel plates which are in turn secured to the house framing.”


“Then, on the other side of the framing, each hinge is also reinforced by replacing two standard hinge screws with two 3-inch #10 screws. This not only adds strength, but keeps the jams from being spread apart. ”

“No other door dealer or big box goes to these extremes to secure your home. We know that buying an entry door is about security as much as it is about looks and functionality. That’s why each and every new door installed by Today’s Entry Doors will have these security enhancements.”

Wrapping Up: We Offer A Wide Selection Of Locking Systems!

Whether you need your home to become what we like to call a mini-Fort Knox, or you just want the latest tech and locking systems in place, the specialists at Today’s Entry Doors can help. Feel free to Contact Us at your earliest convenience and we’ll be happy to tell you all about the security levels of the entry door systems we install (and really anything else you want to know). We look forward to hearing from you!

Fiberglass Entry Doors
Doors, Homeowner Information, Identity

Can You Repaint Or Restain Fiberglass Entry Doors?

Explore This Common Question We Get From Customers

Because we’re the #1 entry door specialists in the Orange County, CA, area, here at Today’s Entry Doors, we answer many good questions for homeowners.

With 30+ years in business under our belts, there’s simply no one better or more informed to call!

One of our most common questions comes from previous customers. Roughly 99% of our customers get their Fiberglass Entry Door System factory-painted or stained, but let’s be honest, we get sun exposure in our part of the country!

Note: If you decide to look through our extensive entry door galleries, you’ll see 100+ doors with various popular, unique, and personalized colors.

Folks want to know:

“How long before my entry door starts to fade?”

They want to know whether these doors (relative to natural wood systems) can be repainted or restrained for a new, refreshed look.

First, let’s talk about fading.

The Answer: It Depends. The truth is, putting a specific number on any door is incredibly tough.

  • What color is the door? Dark/lighter colors fade at different rates. Darker fades faster.
  • How much sun exposure does the door get? Morning sun? Afternoon? All-day sun?
  • Unless you have an overhang protecting the door, it will fade over time.

Once the door reaches a certain age and fading point, it’s time to get it handled by a professional. And yes, we highly recommend working with a professional and not trying to repaint or refinish the door yourself.



Professionals who can do this work for you don’t come cheap. And we understand it’s tempting to call the manufacturer and get a kit you can try yourself.

Do you have all the tools necessary to do it correctly? For example, a good sprayer? Are you schooled in the methods of prepping the door – stripping it, sanding it, etc.?

It’s a process you don’t want to just wing. We holeheartedly feel the expense is worth it to keep the very best door systems looking top-notch.

Have Questions Of Your Own? Contact The Experts

Every person who works for our company is a legitimate expert regarding premium fiberglass entry door systems from our major manufacturers (Jeld-Wun, Therma-Tru, and Masonite). We have decades of experience, and we’re happy to answer any question you might have concerning pricing, process, styling, installation, you name it!

Reach out and contact us today, and we’ll give you all the time you need. It’s our pleasure!