Shut the Door on High Energy Bills

MAUMEE, OHIO – During October’s Energy Awareness Month, experts at Therma-Tru remind homeowners to check their doors at least once a year to make certain the units are not leaking air, which can increase heating and cooling bills. 

“Start by inspecting the weather strip around all sides of every door in your home to make sure it has not worn out,” says Derek Fielding, director of product management for Therma-Tru Corp. “Stand inside near your doors on a bright day and look for daylight coming in through the door’s perimeter. If you see light, that means external air and possibly moisture is coming into your home, reducing the energy efficiency of the door. 

“This can be a simple fix if your foam-filled weatherstrip has lost some of its compression, flattened out or cracked. However, if you’re seeing large gaps, or if the door itself feels hot or cold on the inside reflecting the temperatures outdoors, then it may be time to upgrade to a more energy efficient entry door.” 

Fielding recommends seeking out fiberglass entry doors that are thermally broken, meaning they insulate against both cold and heat. Steel doors can be thermally conductive and result in the transfer of temperatures quickly from the interior to the exterior, and vice versa. 

“Ideally, you’re looking for a fiberglass door system with components that are engineered to work together to help maximize the seal between the door and the frame,” says Fielding. “We follow this principle when creating our Therma-Tru® fiberglass doors so that the systems help keep heating and air conditioning inside the house to help boost the energy efficiency of the home.” 

Another factor that can help keep exterior weather on the outside of the home is the material used for the core of the door. The dense polyurethane foam used in Therma-Tru’s fiberglass doors helps the doors achieve high thermal performance values and the company gain ENERGY STAR® qualifications on 94 percent of its doors. 

“Our solid fiberglass doors offer up to four times the insulation of many solid wood doors due to their thick polyurethane foam core,” says Fielding. “This essentially creates an energy-efficient entrance to the home, helping stabilize interior temperatures.”

According to Fielding, homeowners choosing to add decorative glass to their Therma-Tru fiberglass doors can also count on energy-efficient features. The company’s triple-pane construction of most doorlites and sidelites creates both a strong thermal and acoustical barrier. And, factory-coated Low-E glass, available as an option for clear glass, also delivers exceptional energy efficiency. In cold weather, the Low-E glass helps reduce the loss of heat by reflecting the heat back inside the home. In warm weather, Low-E glass reflects the sun’s rays off of the glass, helping keep the interior of the home cool.

“Given how many doors we typically have in our homes — from the main entry to side and back entrances to garage doors, it’s important to annually review the efficiency of these doors,” says Fielding. “Having doors that are ENERGY STAR qualified and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified can help save homeowners money every day on energy costs.” 

About Therma-Tru

Therma-Tru is the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of entryway doors. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. The company also offers low-maintenance Fypon urethane and PVC products. Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, Therma-Tru is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS).

3 tips for choosing an entry door:

       Tip #1 – If you’re looking for door, be sure to select one made of fiberglass. A solid fiberglass door is up to four times more energy efficient than a solid wood door, plus you get the benefits that fiberglass has to offer, including resistance to rot, rust, dings and weather. Available in an assortment of styles, Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® doors can come with woodgrain for staining or a smooth surface that can be painted to accent any home design.

        Tip #2 – If you’re replacing an entry door and want one with decorative or privacy glass in the door or sidelites, take time to research your options. Try to select doorlites and sidelites that have triple paned glass, which helps make the entire door more energy efficient. If only a two-paned glass is available, request a Low E coating on the glass that can enhance the energy efficiency of the unit.

  Tip #3 – Reach out and touch your door on both hot and cold days. If you feel the exterior temperatures on the inside surface, then your door may not have adequate insulation and you should consider upgrading it with a replacement that is more energy efficient and has an ENERGY STAR qualified rating for your geographic area.

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Look for Bold, Bright Entry Doors in 2014

Therma-Tru partnered with color expert Kate Smith to take a look at where entryway design is going in 2014.

By: Lauren Hunter
Brad Feinknopf

When your professional title is “chief color maven,” you know a thing or two about color theory and trends. Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color is one such maven, and has worked with Therma-Tru to identify color trends that could easily punch up an entryway. Therma-Tru manufactures paintable doors in their Classic-Craft, Pulse, and Canvas Collections.

“There are two trends I see influencing front door colors for 2014,” Smith says. “First, there’s the trend of people painting their doors with exuberant hues as a way of telling the world they’re tired of spinning their wheels in place. These people are ready to move forward, embrace challenges, and show their energy through vibrant colors like Capri blue and dynamo raspberry.

“The other trend is that some people are seeking colors that are vibrant, yet at the same time connect us to a sense of community and culture. These simpler colors, like classic French gray and polished mahogany, give us comfort, warmth, and reliability.”

Using the latest color offerings from Sherwin-Williams, Smith identified five hues gaining popularity in 2014 that match the “exuberant homeowner” trend, and another five tailored to the culture and community mindset.

Exhuberant Homeowner

Capri: A tropical blue that wakes up natural woods and neutral surroundings, and adds a splash of energy on an entry door.

Dynamo: A flirty violet hue instantly updates a traditional exterior color scheme to something much trendier.

Quixotic Plum:

Find a balance of trendy and timeless with this sophisticated deep purple on an entryway. (Shown in top photo)

Relic Bronze: 
This deep mustard brown reflects aged beauty on a home and is an unexpected addition to exterior color combinations.
Raucous Orange: 

This vibrant color demands attention with its energetic orange tone and makes the perfect punctuation point for the front of a modern home.

Culture & Community

Classic French Gray: Stepping out of the shadows to stand on its own, this cool, neutral gray continues to trend in design.

Georgian Bay:Brighter and more moving than dark navy, this reserved blue sends a trusted and welcoming message.

Gulfstream: This bright, modern blue stays rooted in a nostalgic time, while still giving a fresh feel to an entryway.

Polished Mahogany: This deep, rich shade has a staying power that helps anchor a home.
Show Stopper: 
A slight spin on traditional red, this color warmly welcomes people to a home while adding a touch of mystery.

Editor’s Note: Sherwin-Williams colors were selected for this project for the purpose of working within the color offerings of a single brand, rather than trying to curate selections from throughout the color industry. There is no professional or reciprocal relationship between Therma-Tru and Sherwin-Williams, or Kate Smith and Sherwin-Williams.

Lauren Hunter is chief editor of products for Hanley Wood. 

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