Design Your Door for Curb Appeal in 2011

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Homeowners can now create a fresh look to an old home by replacing their entryways with fiberglass doors. Free online tools from Therma-Tru® can help people select doors that complement their home’s style. And, when selecting ENERGY STAR® qualified doors, homeowners can also save up to $500 in federal energy tax credits in 2011.

Thanks to the growing trend of people residing in their current homes longer than in previous years, homeowners nationwide are currently embracing ways to enhance the curb appeal of their houses. And, with a new 2011 federal energy tax credit of up to $500, there’s even more incentive for homeowners to upgrade their entryways.

“Changes to the exterior keep a home ‘fresh-looking’ and create a rewarding home ownership experience,” says Tom Kraeutler, host of the national home improvement radio show The Money Pit. “Replacing a home’s entryway with a fiberglass door can significantly increase the curb appeal of a house while providing homeowners with enhanced energy efficiency benefits.”

Kraeutler, whose program delivers home improvement tips and ideas to millions of people each week, recently redesigned his own home’s exterior using the free online “My Saved Doors” and “Door Designer” tools from Therma-Tru®. He selected Fiber-Classic® Oak Collection™ fiberglass entry doors with Sedona glass in the doors and sidelites to complement his 1886 Colonial style home.

“These new doors helped transform my home’s exterior and save me money,” says Kraeutler. “The fiberglass doors are four times more energy efficient than wood doors, so we’re saving every month on reduced energy bills. And, because we selected ENERGY STAR® qualified door systems from Therma-Tru, we qualify for the $500 federal energy tax credit in 2011.”

Easy Online Door Selection
“Holding paint chips up against a wall is a simple way to see what a change will look like inside the home,” says Kraeutler. “Obviously you can’t hold up different doors to the exterior of your house. The ‘Door Designer’ and ‘My Saved Doors’ tools are even better than sample chips because these online services show you what different door styles look like on a variety of home styles.”

The “Door Designer” program (located at allows homeowners to select a house style that matches their own home. The next step is to select a door shape and style that are electronically inserted on the sample house. Homeowners can customize the on-screen entryway by “trying on” different door styles and glass packages, along with selecting various colors for the sample home’s exterior, roof and façade.

The “My Saved Doors” tool (located at allows homeowners to upload a photo of their existing home to the site and then browse Therma-Tru’s online product catalog to select doors they like. The tool allows people to save the doors they select and make side-by side comparisons to the features they like best while looking at the picture of their own home on the screen. Finally, homeowners can save and print out their final selections to share with family and friends via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

Therma-Tru also offers the Picture Perfect™ Virtual Designer that provides homeowners with the opportunity to upload pictures of their own home and make changes online by swapping in different door styles. Homeowners can contact their contractor or dealer to use this online tool or order a personal copy at

After selecting your main entry door, Kraeutler suggests adding trim pieces to complete the entrance. “For that I’d recommend going to to locate synthetic pilasters, crossheads and pediments to actually ‘surround’ the door,” says Kraeutler. “These pieces are the ‘icing on the cake’ for a home’s entrance. They’re lightweight and easy to install, extremely decorative, and best of all, they resist moisture, insects, termites and humidity. Together, the new Therma-Tru door and Fypon trim create the perfect entrance.”

To view the extensive collection of fiberglass entry doors and decorative glass packages available from Therma-Tru, visit For additional information on the federal government’s 2011 tax credits available to homeowners, visit http://www.energystar/taxcredit. And, to see a selection of Fypon entrance trim pieces, visit

About Therma-Tru
Therma-Tru is the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. 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 leading consumer brands company Fortune Brands Inc.

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