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Learn About Premium Fiberglass Entry Doors With Sidelights

Premium Fiberglass Entry Doors With Sidelights
A Favorite In The Orange County Area

In today’s article, we’d like to just breeze through some of the basics of premium ultra-gorgeous Fiberglass Entry Doors with Sidelites.

These are among the most common options homeowners in the Orange County, CA area explore when replacing their entry door. They’re stunning. They make a very distinct statement. And as we like to tell folks, they effectively create a grand entrance.

Let’s look at some contemporary examples that we’ve installed from our Entry Door Galleries.

We’ll start with one that provides distinct contrast.

What we have here is a quality Therma-Tru fiberglass entry door system with one stationary sidelight (on the right) and another operable sidelight – known as an ‘uneven pair.’ These are extremely popular because they add a lot of extra space to the entrance, making moving large objects like furniture in and out of the home easier. It has Extra White 5-lite windows with Rain privacy glass and smooth skin factory-painted Salty Dog.

We installed this in the Diamond Bar, CA area.

Another somewhat similar example can be seen in the image we chose for the primary image to today’s article.

Let’s take another look.

This is another Therma-Tru model with an operable sidelite, but with Chord privacy glass and a Mahogany grain that’s been factory stained Mulberry.

 

We installed this for a wonderful family in the Anaheim, CA area (explore our Service Areas).

Is Demolition Involved In These Installations?

Generally speaking, no. In most cases, if you’ve got an existing door with a side window separated by stucco and drywall, we’ll leave that alone. We’re not going to be busting these kinds of framing out to install new systems.

Most of our installations already have the setup where everything is in the same frame, all framed in and built as a single unit. The other more common arrangement is replacing double doors with a single door and either one or two sidelights.

Our installations take 4 to 6 hours as a general rule. On the lower end are single doors, with double doors in the middle and sidelight systems on the higher end.

What Are The Primary Benefits Of Entry Doors With Sidelights?

Along with adding more space to the entryway with operable sidelights, they let more light in (eliminating or reducing dependency on electrical lighting in the entryway). They illuminate! And, if you choose a more transparent glass, it lets more nature in as well. However, many homeowners choose different types of privacy glass.

They also add to your property value’s bottom line.

Let’s not forget the added security benefit. With certain types of glass, when the doorbell rings or someone knocks, you can simply glance outside and see who it is without the need for a peephole.

Finally, many cats and dogs love to lounge in the natural light by the door on hot days.

Interested? Reach Out To The Professionals For More Info

If you’re interested in improving your Orange County home’s entryway with a door with sidelights, but have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to Contact Today’s Entry Doors.

We’re your local entry door specialists with all the answers. We’ll be happy to take the time and walk with you through the specifics, options, and potential until you’re fully informed. Thanks so much for your time today, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Best Exterior Doors for Cold Climate

What Are The Best Exterior Doors For A Cold Climate?

Brrrr… who left the front door open?

Was that you?

Or, is it so chilly in this article today because your old entry door needs an upgrade?

When considering what kind of exterior door to get as a replacement, we’re here to help. After over a decade of focusing on nothing but exterior residential doors and installations, we know how important it is to consider the way the summer & winter months impact your entry doors over time.

While we don’t live in the Northern sector of Energy Star’s climate zones (in the image below), many of the benefits of exterior doors designed for cold climates are popular everywhere!

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk a little about how doors are rated in terms of energy efficiency — their ability to stand as a bulwark between your indoor environment and the harsh elements outside.

A quote directly from ENERGY-STAR on this very subject:

“Many doors don’t have any glass, but even doors with lots of glass like a sliding patio door have lower glass-to-frame ratios than windows or skylights. This means doors can provide more insulation than a window or skylight can. Performance criteria for doors are based on the amount of glass they have (called glazing level) and ratings certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).”

Key Takeaway: The two most important determining factors of what makes one door better for colder climates over another are:

  1. insulation
  2. glazing/glass.

Great, are you ready to get a bit nerdy?

Here is the actual breakdown for doors on U-Factor ratings as well as Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) from Energy Star for your reference:

Pro Tip-the lower the U-Factor the better insulating the door (similar to a high R-Factor in an insulated wall).

For Southern California a low SHGC means less loss of your interior cooling from the sun’s heat.

The three tips they give homeowners to help them navigate towards entry doors for the northern climate zones are as follows:

  • Install entry doors with high-quality, multiple panes of glass. The double or triple-paned insulated glass will reduce heat loss.
  • Fiberglass doors with a tight-fit polyurethane foam core are among the most energy-efficient door materials on the market.
  • New models have tighter-fit framing systems that include quality seals and improved weather stripping.

To dig a bit deeper let’s look at a visual snippet from one of our manufacturer brochures — Therma-Tru. Below is the 2020 Energy Star Qualification Chart of three door models from their Classic-Craft, Opaque & Lip-Lite Fiberglass line.

The numbers in the graph show you what the energy efficiency ratings are like for different kinds of glass. The blue color denotes northern climate zones:

The good news is that when you work with professionals, their product specialists can walk you through this information in person based on what’s best for your home and budget.

Right now we’re just showing you some of the numbers involved.

A second example from another one of our manufacturers, Masonite, shows you the full breakdown of all the different kinds of glazing/glass in their Vista Grande line of fiberglass doors.

Don’t let the wall of figures scare you. Just keep the Energy Star climate zone ratings in mind for Northern Climates and get a rough idea for the types of glass that deliver ideal ratings. Along with mini blinds and grids, the choices are straightforward:

Note the much higher numbers for their Particleboard Core options. We do not install these, but it gives you an idea of what the efficiency ratings are for different materials.

This is why at Today’s Entry Doors, we only install the most energy-efficient fiberglass doors available for our customers. They’re the best of both worlds.

Whether you live in a cold climate or a more tropical one…our manufacturers have delivered everything you could ever need.

The Primary Benefits Of Fiberglass Doors In Cold California Winters & Across The Country

You Get To Enjoy Far Superior Insulation Value

Whether you opt for a fiberglass entry door insulated with polyurethane or particleboard, you get vetted and verified performance.

Why do they typically provide close to 5X the insulation effectiveness of solid wood or wood-core entry doors? Because of their layers:

  1. The frame of the door (stiles & rails) is specially manufactured from powerful, moisture-proof composite material. This is to erase any chance of mold, mildew, termites, and rotting.
  2. The core, which can be insulated with a variety of materials. The most common is polyurethane foam, which is better sound proofing for doors.
  3. The skin is high-impact, compression-molded fiberglass.

You Get More Cold Weather (Moisture) Resistance

How do iron or steel doors hold up in cold weather with minimal maintenance?

How about all-natural wood?

When it comes to rain, wind, and hail, the modern fiberglass doors we install are near weather-PROOF. This is due to their totally uniform design without any cracks, breaks, or seems for the weather to get into.

You Get Comparable Levels Of Strength To Wood & Steel

When you compare strength between traditional wooden doors, metal doors, and fiberglass doors you have to be specific. For example, a completely solid iron door and a wrought iron fiberglass door are different, but what can your home’s entry door frame handle?

There’s literally no limit to what money can buy, but in most residential contexts, these three materials ALL perform well. The advantages of fiberglass are that if/when their strength is truly called upon, fiberglass isn’t going to dent. It resists scratches. It doesn’t rust, rot, warp, bow, peel…and so on.

You Get Outstanding Warranty Coverage Even In Harsh Zones

At the end of the day, because of the quality of these entry door slabs and framing systems, you get the absolute best coverage possible — LIFETIME. What’s important is to work with a great installer like Today’s Entry Doors with a long history of successful service.

Wrapping Up: Well-Insulated Entry Doors With Specialized Glazing Are Ideal For Cold Climates

The only thing that can outperform those is a custom-made or tailor-made entry door. At Today’s Entry Doors, we can help you with those as well…that is if you live in our Orange County, California neck of the woods. Otherwise, now you know what kinds of doors to look for in cold climates: well-insulated with appropriate glazing, ideally multi-pane, and from one of America’s top manufacturers.