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Tips to Extend the Life of Your CT Therma-Tru Door

By bluecorona Feb 25, 2015

You likely use your entry door every day, and on top of that, it is constantly exposed to the elements (like rain and recently, brutal wind). So, durability should be of utmost concern when you are shopping for a replacement entry door. Durable exterior doors keep your family safer and are easier to maintain for longer.

If you have a Therma-tru door ct, you are in luck: Therma-Tru doors are champions of the industry, consistently receiving positive reviews due to their energy efficiency, durability, and security. However, nothing is permanent: the color, material, and architecture surrounding your door will affect how long it lasts and how much maintenance it needs. In this blog, we will discuss which factors affect the longevity of your door, and will offer some tips for how to remedy any issues

Which Factors Affect the Weathering Rate for Your Door?


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.

Direction Of Door (NESW)

When you are selecting Therma-Tru exterior doors, you should take the direction your door faces into consideration. Doors that face north or east do not weather as quickly; they never/rarely receive direct sunlight. On the other hand, Connecticut doors that face south and west will be exposed to the harshest conditions. Sunlight can damage the door’s finish and affect its colors, but luckily, some doors absorb less heat than others.

Paint Color

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.

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 & Sons can provide further advice that will protect your investment.


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