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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!

Learn About Our Craftsman Front Doors
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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.

Businessman in grey room with three numbered white door behind his back with decision to make
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