ThermaTru Doors

As the old saying goes, you don’t get that second chance to make that first good impression.  Funny, this also can speak of your entry door.  As the focal point for visitors, potential homebuyers and everyone who looks at your home’s exterior, your entry door plays a crucial role in the perceived value and personality of your home.

Although most homeowners have the same entry wood door as when they bought the house, it may be time to invest in an entry door that speaks to who you are as a homeowner but also stays within the architectural detailing of the home.

Entry Door Trends


Most likely the trends have changed from the original entry door installed when your home was built.  A new trend in many home improvement and design projects is the minimalist approach.  Modern appeal has made its way to the front door, where clean lines are all the rage.  “Less is more” has become a new rule in front door design.  The continued trend in the south is to replace the traditional wooden front doors with glass doors.

Check out most recent Entry Door transformation – before and after.

Keep Energy Efficiency in Mind

No matter what style of front door you choose, the good news is that energy efficient doors compliment almost any homeowner’s style and their home’s architectural features. When shopping around, take note of energy efficiency ratings and choose one that relates to your home design and temperatures in your climate.

So Many Choices!

It is important to make a statement, but one that fits within the style and proportion of your home. A door too far outside the mainstream might detract several potential buyers, while dull and boring could have the exact same response. Don’t over think the decision of which door to choose, as there are enough options to make your head spin.  Think about what works best for the overall theme of your home’s exterior and what can make your home stand out above the rest, in a good way of course.

The first question is how much weather the door will be exposed to?  Focus on the durability of the material and the quality of the weather-stripping system to make sure the door will hold up and keep air and water out.

 Steel Doors

If exposed to direct sunlight, some steel doors can build up so much heat they will be uncomfortable to touch. Also, some manufacturers will void the warranty if an aluminum storm door is paired with a steel door because heat will build up between the two and cause the steel door’s finish to peel. Steel doors are also somewhat less energy efficient than wood or fiberglass; heat or cold can be conducted through to the inside surface.

  • Energy efficient – offer good insulating value.
  • Less maintenance, depending on the environment – won’t warp or rot like wood.
  • Can be less expensive.
  • Easily dented and scratched – which can lead to rust.
  • Can only be painted, not stained – and paint chipping can be common.
  • Conduct temperature – can feel cold or hot to the touch.

Fiberglass Doors

Tough and virtually maintenance-free these doors can mimic the look and feel of a solid wood door. Typically made of molded skins of fiberglass on a framework of wooden stiles and rails, these doors contain polyurethane-foam insulation.

  • Energy efficient – offer up to four times the insulating R-Value of wood.
  • Require minimal maintenance – won’t warp or rot like wood, or dent or rust like steel.
  • Offer beautiful wood-grain or smooth finish looks – can be stained or painted.
  • Feel warm and inviting to the touch – like a real wood door.
  • Offer the best advantages of wood and steel – without the limitations

Wood Doors

A popular choice for aesthetic reasons, wood doors come in a wide variety of species and can take just about any stain or paint color. Some stock wood doors are veneer skins over an engineered wood core, which helps them resist shrinking, swelling and warping that is common with solid wood doors.

Wood doors work best when installed in a protected area, with a porch, portico, or shaded area.  Otherwise the door will require a lot of maintenance, and may warp over time.

  • Offer beautiful wood grains for a high-end look – can be stained or painted.
  • Feel warm and inviting to the touch.
  • Scratches can be easily repaired.
  • Require regular maintenance. Finish will fade – refinishing recommended every 1–2 years.
  • Absorb moisture – which can cause finish to peel or bubble, and doors to warp or rot.
  • Least energy-efficient option compared to our fiberglass and steel doors.


So, get ready to make that great first impression with all your guest or potential buyers.  CONTACT US today to show you the many options you have when designing your door; glass options, countless styles and finishes in hardware.  We service Marietta area including Kennesaw, Smyrna, Powder Springs, Acworth, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven, GA