The front door of your home is like the driver side door of your car. It shows more wear because it is necessarily used whenever the car is, while other parts are not. Not only are entry doors used frequently, but they are also exposed to the elements. Durability should be your number one concern when you are selecting a replacement entry door. Durable exterior doors keep your family safer and maintain their appearance longer. We recommend Therma Tru doors. They receive consistently positive reviews because they are energy efficient, durable, and secure. Therma Tru entry doors come in variety of colors and styles, and materials. The tricky part is deciding which is best suited for your home. The color, material, and architecture surrounding your door will affect how long it lasts and how much maintenance it needs. First consider your climate and the direction your door faces: [image via www.sopocottage.com]
Which direction does your door face?
The direction your door faces should be taken into consideration when selecting Therma Tru exterior doors. Doors that face north or east do not weather as quickly because they never, or rarely, recieve direct sunlight. CT doors that face south and west are exposed to the harshest conditions. Doors that face south receive the most sunlight, and doors that face west receive sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Sunlight can damage the door's finish and affect its color, but some doors absorb less heat than others.
Replacement doors in CT should be able to withstand hot humid summers and cold stormy winters. Wood is a bad choice because it absorbs moisture, warps, fades, requires regular maintenance, and is expensive. Steel doors can handle the humidity in Connecticut, but not necessarily the extreme temperatures. Steel doors in ct are cold to the touch in the winter (not the most welcoming) and feel hot in the summer. Therma Tru Fiberglass Doors handle the Connecticut climate well ' no rot, rust, warping, or bowing. Energy efficiency is another important factor in selecting a door based on climate considerations. Therma tru fiberglass doors insulate well and qualify for energy tax credits in Connecticut.
Factors that Affect the Rate of Weathering
Choosing a light color for Therma Tru doors that face west or south will limit heat gain and prevent accelerated weathering. If you chose the wrong color for your entry door and you notice cracking paint, learn from your mistakes and try again. The paint on Therma Tru fiberglass doors (classic craft and fiber classic) can be stripped and refinished.
To preserve our reputation as trustworthy door contractors in Connecticut, we simply cannot recommend wood for your entry door, whether it faces north, south, east, or west. High humidity and fluctuating temperatures cause wood to warp and rot. If the shape of your door changes, you lose the tight seal your door is supposed to provide. Therma Tru fiberglass doors are the best bet for south-facing doors in CT, especially if you do not have an overhang. AccuGrain technology gives Therma Tru fiberglass doors an authentic wood grain look. Steel doors are not prone to bowing and warping the way wood is, but steel does conduct heat. It is common for paint to chip if the door gets too hot, so steel is not a great choice for west and south facing doors, unless they are sheltered. North and east facing doors are associated with quiet energy that can be vivified with metal accents, or perhaps a metal door. According to Feng Shui principals, steel entry doors are an excellent choice in places with soft, pale light. Stain is the best finish for a steel therma tru door. Therma Tru's same day stain is engineered to resist fading, chalking, and bleaching.
Further protect the finish on Therma Tru Classic Craft and Fiber Classic doors by applying a fresh topcoat every 3-5 years. The finish on Smooth-Star and Steel doors from Therma Tru may deteriorate over time. To refinish, lightly sand the surface of the door and touch it up the color to match the original.
Shelter and Protection
Overhangs and covered porches protect doors from the elements and harsh sunlight. Building a porch or installing an overhang will protect the finish on Therma Tru exterior doors and extend the door's life. Covered porches are great transitional areas. A sheltered area outside your entry door provides a place to shake out umbrellas, shuffle dirt off shoes, or remove wet boots. Consider remodeling your front entry to protect your door, as well as the inside of your home. A nice bench and outdoor matt will encourage people to clean up a bit before coming inside. [image via www.prweb.com]
Replacement Entry Doors CT
Replacing a worn down entry door adds value to your home by boosting curb appeal and improving energy efficiency. Therma Tru exterior doors will last the longest in the Connecticut climate. Consider the location of your door when you select the finish, color, and material. Discuss these considerations, as well as cost guidelines, with door contractors in Connecticut. Experts at Fiderio and Sons can provide further advice that will protect your investment.