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Take Your Home's Entry to the Next Level

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It is often said that home should be a sanctuary, a sacred place where one feels safe and welcomed. The right door can provide a welcoming threshold and a boost to your curb appeal, security, and energy efficiency as well.

When selecting a new entry door for your home, many considerations come into play – quality, durability, energy efficiency, style, and of course, cost. Your door will bear the brunt of the outside world, functioning as a barrier to extreme temperatures, noise, and exposure, so material selection is important. Wood is a traditional and time-honored preference, but may not provide the longevity needed, since it tends to warp and splinter over time. Entry doors constructed of fiberglass and steel can be a great alternative; these durable materials are well worth the cost, says ProVia, as they provide a solid door that is secure, protective, and resistant to scratches, splitting, warping, and cracking.

ProVia Signet fiberglass entry door in Dutch Gray glazed finish
ProVia Signet fiberglass entry door in Dutch Gray glazed finish

Another advantage of fiberglass and steel entry door systems is their energy efficiency. Look for doors that are ENERGY STAR® certified to ensure they will perform well at keeping extreme temperatures out. Fiberglass doors manufactured with an integrated wood frame, foam-filled core, and fiberglass skin can protect your home’s interior from harsh summer heat and winter cold. Steel entry doors offer significant energy efficiency as well, employing thermal barriers and composite top and bottom endcaps to reduce the transmission of heat and cold.

ProVia Signet fiberglass entry door in Mahogany
ProVia Signet fiberglass entry door in Mahogany

If strength is a concern, steel and fiberglass doors will put your mind at ease; these premium materials offer a solid inner structure and durable exteriors. Steel doors constructed with metal on the faces and edges provide wrap-around protection against damage, and the composite endcaps increase rigidity. Fiberglass entry doors from ProVia include multi-ply, finger-jointed hardwood strike and hinge stiles that are dovetailed and glued for a structurally solid, integrated frame.

Fiberglass and steel doors offer numerous options for design and color, as well. The exterior of a fiberglass door can be manufactured with defined, authentic-looking wood grains, and offered in a variety of stain and paint colors. Additionally, fiberglass doors offer many options for door glass, including clear, privacy, resin bead, and decorative. Steel door skins are available in smooth or woodgrain texture, with options for door panel embossing that add definition and elegance.

ProVia Legacy steel entry door in Nightfall
ProVia Legacy steel entry door in Nightfall

ProVia manufactures fiberglass and steel doors in a broad selection of woodgrain textures and paint palettes that can make your entryway a warm, comfortable space. Signet fiberglass doors are available in Cherry and Mahogany woodgrains in rich shades – for example, Toffee, Chestnut, Hazelnut, or Cinnamon – and Oak, Knotty Elder and Fir grains in shades of Almond, Ginger, Truffle, and Caramel. If color is a preference, ProVia offers the rainbow and more: bright reds – Mountain Berry and Vallis; blues and greens – Enzian, Geneva and Forest; earth tones like Sandstone, Clay, and Sterling Gray; elegant darks like Rustic Bronze, Tudor Brown, and Coal Black; and clean whites and tans, like Snow Mist, Café Cream and Sandpiper Beige. Trending colors on fiberglass and Legacy steel doors, like Hibiscus, Robin Egg, Blueberry, Cabernet, and Plum, are ideal for complementing a contemporary, bright exterior or providing a colorful contrast to neutral siding.

Choosing a finish or color can be a difficult decision, which is why ProVia provides an online Visualizer Design Tool that allows a user to upload their home photo and experiment with styles and shades.

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