How To Install An Entry Door

Entry Door Installation

There a number of reasons you might consider installing an entry door in your home. Perhaps your current door looks worn out or has become difficult to operate. Maybe it is not energy efficient or even sound-proof. Perhaps you are simply looking for a change and a new entry door installation could be your answer!

We all want a beautiful home we can feel confident about. Since exterior doors are such a visible feature of every home, they play a major role in their overall design. After all, front doors set the tone for arriving guests and neighbors strolling by. This makes updating your front door an easy way to give your home a facelift.

Replacing an exterior door can be an exciting time for a homeowner. Yet regardless of your reason, all home improvement projects require some lead time and preparation in order to be successful. Installing a replacement door is no exception to this rule.

So before you head to a dealer to start scheduling your exterior door installation, consider completing the following tasks.

Determine Your Goals

Just like windows, cabinets and other features in the home, exterior doors are available in a variety of styles and materials. Fortunately, this means you can usually find a product that matches your home’s aesthetic and aligns with your personal style. However, it also means that some extra steps are involved in the replacement process.

Unlike the elements mentioned above, your front door is the first thing people notice about your home. As a design feature, it’s an opportunity to leave a lasting impression. However, it also plays a vital role in your home’s energy efficiency and security. Finding balance between these two functions is every homeowner’s challenge.

This in mind, it is important to decide what is most important to you before purchasing a new door. Truthfully, the best material for any home depends on its homeowners’ style, climate and budget. So in order to select the right materials for your home, you’ll have to decide what you want.

Before beginning your entry door installation, ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish with this project? Determine your top priorities and try to envision your best case scenario. Not only will this help inform your hardware selection, but it may end up keeping your entire project on track.

Pick Your Door

Naturally, there are unique advantages and shortcomings in every exterior door option. Some materials are stronger than others; some are cheaper or require less maintenance. Some shapes make more of a statement but will require structural changes to your home. The trade-offs are constant.

In reality, there is no rule of thumb to blindly follow when shopping for new exterior doors. So before installing replacement exterior door, it’s important to learn about every available option. Below, we break down some of the most popular options.


Praised for its beauty, wood is perhaps the most popular option for replacement exterior doors. It’s available in a number of eye-catching natural finishes — such as oak, mahogany and more. However, be warned: wood doors are also some of the most expensive on the market. Plus, like wood windows, they tend to require frequent maintenance.

Since shopping for wood doors tends to be expensive, many brands offer composite alternatives. These options wrap wooden cores in other materials — such as fiberglass. As a result, they tend to resist warping more effectively than pure wood.


Fiberglass doors are both durable and low maintenance, making them a smart choice for homeowners in harsh climates. While they may not feel as traditional as a wooden front door, they are usually more affordable. Plus, many brands use fiberglass to mimic wood-grain texturing — So their doors look like wood but are cheaper and tougher. Talk about a win-win.

Pick Your Brand

As we mentioned above, there is no rule of thumb for picking the perfect entry door. There are hundreds of styles and combinations to choose from, each of which plays a different role within the home. So, it’s important to select a product that aligns with your expectations.

Yet there is one thing that rings true for all homeowners. When you install a new exterior door, you expect it to last. Nobody wants to invest in a project that will end up costing them more time and money down the line. This in mind, we believe durability is the most valuable trait a replacement door can have.

That’s where picking the right door manufacturer becomes important. Much like materials, there are different advantages and sacrifices that come with every brand. Not every wood door is beautiful, and not every fiberglass door performs.

Fortunately, Therma Tru doors do both. Their Classic-Craft American Style collection offers the look, feel and sound of authentic wood doors without compromising performance. Extraordinary in every detail, all fiberglass used in the Therma Tru American Style collection blends timeless looks with modern design. The result is an entry that will maintain its beauty and performance for years to come.

At Big L, we proudly stock a variety of high-quality entry doors — including the Classic-Craft American Style collection.

Get Started

Once you have narrowed down your options and decided on a material, it’s finally time to get started. But keep in mind — A quality entry door installation is extremely important to the success of your home improvement project. So unless you are experienced, avoid treating this as a DIY project.

At Big L, we proudly offer professional entry door installation at reasonable prices. Our licensed, insured staff can make sure your new windows are installed in accordance with their manufacturers’ recommendations.

Therma-Tru 2016 Door Do-over Sweepstakes

Homeowners will have the chance to strengthen the curb appeal of their home with a new entryway in the Therma-Tru® Doors 2016 Door Do-Over Sweepstakes.

During the month of August, homeowners can enter for an opportunity to win a new Therma-Tru fiberglass entry door system prized up to $5,000. The winner of the Door Do-over Sweepstakes can select a new Classic-Craft® or Pulse® fiberglass door system for their home. Homeowners can enter at

“Homeowners ought to look at their homes and see an effective, striking entryway that mirrors their personal style. It’s a valuable asset and can make sense to replace a front entry door.” said Donna Contat, manager of brand management at Therma-Tru Corp.

A study conducted in 2015 confirmed that a new Therma-Tru entry door can increase a home’s value by 4.2%, or $18,750.

2016 is the third year of the Door Do-Over Sweepstakes. Patty Jo McClenahan of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania last year’s winner, takes great honor in her home and regularly takes on DIY projects herself. “With my frequent commute to improvement stores, when I look at the door displays I can’t help myself but look at the sophistication, quality and artistry of Therma-Tru doors,” she said. The toughest part for her was “picking out an entry door since Therma-Tru has countless lovely varieties to pick from,” McClenahan wrote after winning.

About Therma-Tru

Therma-Tru is the top entry door brand favored by building professionals. Therma-Tru was founded in 1962 that established the fiberglass entry door business, and currently offers a comprehensive collection of entry door and patio door system resolutions, including attractive glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components.

Therma-Tru Door Do-Over Sweepstakes Official Rules

No purchase needed, must be a resident of the United States, be 18 years or older and a homeowner who will set up the Grand Prize in their residence. A purchase doesn’t increase your chance of winning. By entering, you understand that you are providing your personal information to Today’s Homeowner and to Therma-Tru Corp.

1.Sweepstakes Period: The “Door Do-Over” sweepstakes is funded by Therma-Tru Corp. and directed by “Today’s Homeowner” beginning on August 1, 2016 at 7:00am Eastern Time and ends on August 31, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.

2.Eligibility: Sweepstakes entry is available to permanent authorized residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older and are homeowners at time of entry. The sweepstakes is not open to the overall public. Personnel, captains and executives of funders, parents, partner, and subordinate businesses, the negotiators and advertising organizations of each of the former, and associates of the direct relatives or any of the above are not authorized to enter or win a prize. By entering the Sweepstakes, Applicants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules. The Sweepstakes is subject to all appropriate laws and guidelines of the United States.

3.How to Enter Sweepstakes: Visit and fill out the small form and provide your contact information. For eligibility, entries must follow the requirements and restrictions set forth. All entries become the property of the funder and will not be returned.

4.General Sweepstakes Entry Considerations:

a. Entry must be made by an individual person; use of script, macro, or other programmed systems to participate is illegal and will result in ineligibility.

b. If Applicant is treated as a minor in his/her state or province of residence, Applicants will obtain authorization from his/her parent/legal guardian. Applicants must provide all information requested to be eligible to win.

c. The use of mobile phone for entry apply messaging and data rates. You may be charged by your carrier for submitting your entry. Checking your wireless carrier’s pricing plan before entering via mobile phone would be handy before moving forward.

5.Prize Drawing: The prospective winner of the Grand Prize will be picked in a chance drawing from amongst all qualified entries obtained. The drawing will be held on or about September 9, 2016 by American Sweepstakes & Promotion Co, a free adjudging group, whose choices are absolute in all concerns tying to these Sweepstakes. Probabilities of winning the Grand Prize depends on the amount of eligible entries obtained. Limit one entry per household.

6.Prize: 1 victor will win a Classic-Craft or Pulse Therma-Tru fiberglass door of the Winner’s choice, not exceeding $5,000 Prize, and doesn’t include transoms or sidelites or installment. Winner will not be entitled to the difference between the worth of the door and the capital of the winnings. Winner must pick and order the door no later than November 11, 2016. Winner must provide images of the front of the home entryway with their present door before ordering the door and with the new Therma-Tru door after it has been set up. The funder is not accountable for the distribution or setting up the selected door; nor the removal of the Winner’s original door.

7.Consent to Publicity: The Sweepstakes are allowed to put up pictures of the homeowner’s current residence, film the installation and or recognition of the Prize and use Winner’s name, place of residence, testimonials, and city and state in all forms of media including but not limited to the Sweepstakes Entities website and social media.

8.Winner Notification: The possible Grand Prize Winner will be notified by home-delivered mail, phone, or email, and must sign and return to the ASC, within seven days of the date of notice or attempted notice is sent. The winner will have to provide their Social Security Number to the ASC, which will be used solely for tax reporting purposes. The Grand Prize Winner will be liable for all local, state, and federal taxes related with the receipt of the prize. The Grand Prize Winner should keep in mind that the value of the accepted Prize is taxable as income and an IRS Form 1099 will be filed under the name of the Winner for the rate of the Prize and the Winner is solely responsible for all matters in correspondence to the Prize when it is awarded. If a Prize or prize notice is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to the potential Winner, if prospective Winner cannot be contacted via phone within three business days from the first notice attempt, or if potential Winner fails to return documents within the specified time period, or if potential Winner is not in obedience with the Official Rules, then an alternate Winner may be designated. Within approximately seven days of the random drawing, the potential Winner will be informed.

9.Liability Release: Involvement in the Sweepstakes and acceptance of the Grand Prize states each Applicant’s agreement to hold harmless Sweepstakes Entities, its parent, partner and subordinate businesses, and the captains, managers, personnel and managers against any injuries, losses or damages in linking with their partaking in the Sweepstakes.

Source: Businesswire

Therma-Tru Leads “Brands Used Most” and “Quality Rating” Ranking for Entry Doors

The 2016 Builder Brand Use Study recently revealed that, for the nineteenth year in a row, Therma-Tru has ranked highest for Brand Specified/Used Most in the entry doors category. It also led the rankings for Quality Rating in the same category.

President of Therma-Tru Corp, Brett Finley, said they are “honored that builders continue to turn to Therma-Tru.” He credited their consistent success to greater forces than manufacturing, explaining that, “Therma-Tru goes beyond just being a manufacturer and provides marketing and sales tools and support as a partner in helping builders grow their business.”

Upholding that focus on builders, the company recently launched a new technical assistance line to provide live answers to installation, warranty and other product questions. The toll-free number is 800/4BUILDR (800/428-4537).

Source: Window & Door

Therma-Tru DoorWays App Simplifies Door Design

Therma-Tru DoorWays AppThe new Therma-Tru DoorWays app is an easy way to design and visualize the door of your dreams. The simple interface allows homeowners to choose from a wide variety of door and glass combinations that fit your unique style. You can multiple doors and their product information allowing for easy lookup when referring to a design you liked.

The Therma-Tru DoorWays app also allows your to share your designs with friends via email, text, and Facebook as well as save them to your camera roll on your phone.

Having trouble locating a nearby Therma-Tru dealer? The DoorWays app lets you locate the closest one so you can bring your vision to life.

The app is available for Apple iPhones and Android devices. To learn more about the app, click here.

Therma-Tru’s “Door Do-Over Week” is August 3-7, 2015 – includes Sweepstakes!

Maumee, Ohio (PRWeb) July 23, 2015 / Therma-Tru is sponsoring “Door Do-Over Week” from August 3-7, 2015. Door Do-Over Week is where experts can answer important questions and offer insight to homeowners who are looking to replace doors or inquire about home improvement projects. With the success from last year’s Door Do-Over Week,  Director of Brand Management for Therma-Tru Corp., Donna Contat, said, “We’re looking forward to once again helping consumers evaluate their current doors, learn more about door aesthetics and components, and providing valuable information on making door purchase decisions.”

There are many reasons a home may need a new door – doors can wear out, homeowners may “inherit” a door on a home they’ve recently purchased. Homeonwers have the freedom of replacing front entry doors at their leisure to either increase their curb appeal or replace a worn out door. Replacing entry doors consistently ranks among the most valuable remodeling projects according to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report.” This report evaluates remodeling costs and resale value to determine which projects will give homeowners the greatest ROI.

Door Do-Over Week coincides with National Curb Appeal Month in August. Contat adds, “Our goal is to provide homeowners with information and ideas for making a smart, affordable and good-looking door replacement choice for their homes. Where it’s a wood-grained entry door that complements an Arts and Crafts-style home or a smooth painted door to highlight a Modern-style home, the entry is the key welcoming trademark of every house. Curb appeal isn’t just a buzzword. It’s the wow factor people get when they drive by your home. It’s the cozy feel that welcomes guests to come in and stay a while. And most homeowners agree: An attractive front enrance not only adds curb appeal, but can increase perceived resale value.”

Therma-Tru designated each day of Door Do-Over Week to different topics that will help consumers learn more about their doors. Information will be posted daily on Therma-Tru’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Topics include:

  • Monday, August 3rd – Door Evaluation Day: providing homeowners with methods to evaluate their current door for both energy-efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
  • Tuesday, August 4th – What’s Inside Your Door Day: offering explanations of the various componenets and the system that makes up a door, including energy efficiency features.
  • Wednesday, August 5th – Slam Your Door Day: talking about the wear and tear a door goes through and how doors are constructed and tested to withstand harsh treatment.
  • Thursday, August 6th – Door Appeal Day: focusing on the tools available to homeowners for locating and deciding on what door options are available to them, along with tips for selecting doors that can enhance the overall look of a home.
  • Friday, August 7th – I Love My Door Day: showcasing color advice for doors from national color expert Kate Smith, along with tips for enhancing the “top down” curb appeal of a home.

Along with Door Do-Over Week, Therma-Tru will be offering a Door Do-Over Sweepstakes that will run during the entire National Curb Appeal Month from August 1-31, 2015. Homeowners are invited to enter the sweepstakes online for a chance to win a “door do-over” sponsored by Therma-Tru, which includes a new fiberglass entry door system. Visit to enter to win and learn more about the rules of the sweepstakes.

Source: PRWeb

Therma-Tru Classic Craft Collections Named Repeat Best Buy Winner by Consumers Digest

MAUMEE, Ohio, July 6, 2015/PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive time, Consumers Digest named Therma-Tru’s Classic-Craft® line of energy-efficient entryways as a Best Buy selection in the fiberglass entry doors category. The premium selection designation is from Consumers Digest’s July/August 2015 issue. Additionally, Therma-Tru’s Fiber-Classic® product line was naed a Best Buy midrange selection in the same fiberglass entry doors category. 

The last time Consumers Digest reviewed fiberglass entry doors was in 2011. This is the second time all five Therma-Tru Classic-Craft® fiberglass entry doors were included in the Best Buy designation. The five collections are American Style, Mahogany, Rustic, Oak and Canvas. 

Therma-Tru was the only company in the 2015 Consumers Digest evaluation and report on entry doors to have two product lines recognized as Best Buys. President of Therma-Tru Corp., Mark Savan, said, “We see the Best Buy designations for our Classic-Craft and Fiber-Classic collections as a seal of approval that homeowners can depend on when selecting the best entryways for their homes. The consistent top performance of our fiberglass doors continues to place Therma-Tru products in the spotlight with Consumers Digest and its readers. That positive focus reinforces our consistent message of beauty, durability and value that we build into every door we manufacture.”

The written evaluations the July/August 2015 issue of the Classic-Craft products considers the Therma-Tru collection as “a high-quality replication of the look of real wood with a lifetime warranty.” Consumers look to the Best Buy recommendations found in Consumers Digest for over 50 years. The Best Buy designations have stringent criteria and are a sought-after honor by companies around the world. For more information on the Best Buy designations for entry doors, visit

About Therma-Tru

Therma-Tru is the leading entry door brand most preferred by builders and remodelers. Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, Therma-Tru is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS). For more information and product warranty details, visit or (800) 537-8827. 

Source: PRNewswire



Therma-Tru Ranked in Builder Brand Use Study

In the 2015 Builder Brand Use Study, Therma-Tru was ranked highest by builders in the Quality Rating category among entry door brands. They improved their standings since last year’s study in the same category.

The 2015 Brand Use Study is also the 17th consecutive year that Therma-Tru has been ranked highest in entry doors for brands specified or used most by builders. Therma-Tru also ranked highest in the patio door category.

The 2015 Builder Brand Use Study is surveyed by 2,300 builders and presented by Builder magazine. The study was conducted by The Farnsworth Group and originated in 1998. The full results of the survey can be found in the April issue of Builder magazine. To see the results, click here.

Source: Window & Door

Therma-Tru Now Offers Decorative Glass for Arborwatch Collection

Therma-Tru expands its Arborwatch collection with new decorative glass options. Arborwatch glass complements Therma-Tru’s Craftsman-style and is available in two different options: black nickel or brushed nickel caming.

The Arborwatch collection is characterized by a variety of glass textures and colors, featuring chevron motifs in narrow reed glass, M seedy glass, clear bevels and waterglass.

The glass is also more than 10% wider than standard fiberglass doors for more light to be let in.

Curt Daniel, product manager for Therma-Tru Corp. said, “Arborwatch fills the entryway with natural light, and adds charm and style to the home. Whether matched with a premium wood-grained or smooth fiberglass door, the textures and colors of this glass option provide a beautiful accent for the home.”

Arborwatch decorative glass is available for doorlites, sidelites and transoms in all five Classic-Craft collections.

For more information on Therma-Tru doors, click here.

Source: Hardware + Building Supply Dealer

Therma-Tru Offers More Sizes of its Craftsman Glass

Therma-Tru now offers more sizing options for its Villager and Homeward Craftsman-style decorative glass products. Villager involves chevron-inspired designs available in gray artique and bronze water glass options. Homeward’s Mission-style patterns are available in gray artique glass only.

New doorlite sizes include:

  • Full-lite at 25″ x 66″
  • 3/4-lite at 25″ x 51″
  • 2/3-lite at 25″ x 42″
  • 1/2-lite at 25″ x 35″

These larger sizes are available in all Classic-Craft door collections, which have existing sizes 26″ x 18″, 8″ x 18″, 8″ x 66″, and 8″ x 80″ still available.

Curt Daniel, product manager at Therma-Tru Corp said “These expanded size offerings allow more light into the home so that the glass can serve as more of a focal point for the entry.”

Features for the new glass sizes include triple-pane construction, sidelites for reduced outside noise, and are Energy Star certified.


Source: Hardware & Building Supply Dealer

Therma-Tru 2015 Sweepstakes: “Unlock the Opportunities”


Therma-Tru is launching a national sweepstakes for 2015 called “Unlock the Opportunities.” This is open to all builders, remodelers, dealers, contractors and distributors.

Grand Prize include:

  • 2015 TRACKER Pro 160 fishing boat with trailer
  • Hawaiian vacation for two including airfare and hotel accommodations
  • $1,000 Visa gift card

The sweepstakes involves the new “Puzzle Perfect” online game that requires players to put together an online puzzle. The puzzles will vary each day and all participants can play once a day to increase their chances of winning a prize.

There are two versions of the online game.

1) The first sweepstakes is open to entry door dealers, builders and remodelers with chances to win daily and monthly prizes, as well as the grand prize fishing boat.

2) The second version is open to fabricators and distributors of entry doors with chances to win daily and monthly prizes, along with the Hawaiian vacation.

Both sweepstakes run from January 20, 2015 through June 30, 2015. The grand prize drawing will take place in early July 2015. For official rules and complete details, visit

Source: Window & Door