While doors and entryways are often cited as a huge part of curb appeal and a major contributor to home value, they’re so much more than that. They’re the gatekeepers to your home. More goes in and out through that door than people and pets. In cold climes like we have in many parts of Idaho, they can be one of your best defenses against wind, rain, cold, moisture, and other elements. Day in and day out, doors take a beating from the elements and everyday use. They’re also a major point of security.
If your exterior doors are no longer able to fulfill their duties, it might be time to start looking for new ones. If you’re building a home or addition, you might want to spend some time researching to make sure you select good ones. To find the quality, value, energy efficiency, and style that you’re looking for, two lines well worth considering are Therma-Tru and JELD-WEN.
Therma-Tru uses both fiberglass and steel in its collections, and low-E, privacy, and textured glass options are available in all its doors. The Classic-Craft Collection’s premium woodgrain entryways can be painted or stained as can the Fiber-Classic Collection’s mahogany and oak woodgrain options over fiberglass. Both premium collections and the Smooth-Star paintable series offer frameless, flush-glazed options. The Pulse series is contemporary but offers both fiberglass woodgrain and steel while Profiles steel doors have more traditional styling.
Therma-Tru invests in its system components to protect against weather. Sills and bottom sweeps seal to channel moisture away from the door bottom, and composite adjustable sills won’t rot, warp, or split. Corner pads complete the bottom seal by protecting edge gaps. Therma-Tru’s lip-lite frame uses a compression seal to protect both the door and glass, and for luxurious double doors, strong aluminum astragals cover the margins. Best of all, most entryways come with a lifetime warranty.
If you’re looking for custom wood or custom fiberglass, JELD-WEN has both. It also offers ready-made exterior doors in authentic wood, fiberglass, and steel through series such as its Statement, Aurora, Architectural, Smooth-Pro, Design-Pro and Studio collections. Many of the fiberglass doors look and feel like wood and come in every style to suit even the most eclectic architecture. From smooth, all-panel doors to entryways that are an artistic wonder of glass, JELD-WEN has a line for everything.
For a finished appearance, don’t forget the decorative trim and millwork that make an entryway truly inviting. Those headers, jambs, and thresholds are the perfect spaces for mouldings, trimwork, and distinctive accents that define style. Many millwork manufacturers are focusing on insect- and rot-resistant synthetic and composite wood products. Transoms and sidelites can broaden the space, making it even more welcoming without compromising security or thermal integrity.
Explore your options, and then let one of our experienced entryway experts help you plan the details. Builders FirstSource has locations throughout Idaho in Boise, Meridian, McCall, Post Falls, and Twin Falls. Visit the one nearest you.