Maumee, OHIO (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
Every spring, homeowners take stock of their home exteriors and renew efforts on household maintenance projects. The experts at Therma-Tru Corp recommend homeowners make certain to inspect their exterior doors regularly to assure years of long-lasting beauty and service.
"Entry doors are like other key features of the home because they require routine maintenance," says Chris Maulucci, a technical sales manager with Therma-Tru Corp. "Owners of fiberglass doors enjoy reduced yearly maintenance efforts, but there is still a checklist of items to inspect and adjust periodically on any door."
To assist homeowners with knowing what to look for to maintain their entry doors, Therma-Tru has created this checklist:
Just as important as the checklist of "what to do" for yearly door maintenance is the list of items that homeowners should not do. Experts at Therma-Tru offer this list of "don't s" related to door maintenance:
What to Look for in a New Door
"If, while performing your annual inspection, it becomes apparent that you're in the market for a new door, consider one made of fiberglass," says Maulucci. "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, dents and weather."
Another factor to consider is what's on the inside of your door. The dense polyurethane foam used in the core of Therma-Tru® fiberglass doors helps the doors achieve high thermal performance values.
According to Maulucci, 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.
Benefits of Fiberglass Doors
According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), fiberglass products are known for their reliability, customization aspects for style design, and energy efficiency. Fiberglass doors have an abundance of features outlined by AAMA at http://www.aamanet.org/general/1/437/fiberglass-product-reliability-and-durability.
Constructed as a complete system of components, Therma-Tru fiberglass doors are designed and engineered to work together for lasting performance, security and energy efficiency. Multi-point locking systems that engage a series of locks at several places on the frame, plus the adjustable security strike plate that can withstand up to three times the force of a standard strike plate*, are key factors in creating a dependable Therma-Tru entry door system. Therma-Tru fiberglass doors are also available with the exclusive Tru-Defense® door system. This system integrates specific components engineered and tested to deliver outstanding protection in all kinds of weather conditions.
Therma-Tru is the leading entry door brand most preferred by builders and remodelers. 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). For more information and product warranty details, visit http://www.thermatru.com, http://www.fypon.com or call (800) 537-8827.
*ASTM-476. As tested by an independent laboratory. Not available on certain configurations.