Consider New Energy Efficient Doors and Spruce Up for the Holidays

Homeowners in Texas may begin to realize there is a pressing need to replace their construction grade doors with something more substantial as the calendar indicates that Autumn is approaching.

The transition to energy-efficient doors will save homeowners a considerable amount of money on their energy costs in the cool winter season, not to mention air conditioning costs from those triple digit temperatures in the approaching summer seasons.

Slam the “doors” on escaping warmth this season.

Homeowners should check the weather stripping on their doors, since that is the biggest culprit. “You may find some cracks when the door constricts because of the cold, and that’s where your air leakage occurs, said Mr. Barron. “And, those varmints who are looking to get in will gnaw through the weather stripping underneath the bottom of  the door because they see a little area and can feel the heat escaping through from the home’s interior. We’ve seen signs of that during previous installations.”

Your best bet is to replace the entire frame with a foam insulation that covers up the open air spaces and prevents heat loss (and heat gain in the summer), says Mr. Barron. “Your new energy-efficient door will also have a nice, clean finish, which provides a perfect new entryway for the holidays,” he said. “Homeowners are going to be entertaining guests, and they want the focal point of their home to be clean and beautiful while expressing their personality.”

One of the top door manufacturers, Mr. Barron notes, is Sugarcreek, Ohio-based Provia, particularly for those that have full sun exposure. “We’ve seen a 75% increase in business because people are finally doing their homework and comparing the old Masonite builder-grade door with a good quality Provia fiberglass product,” said Barron. “This is a manufacturer that offers a 7 to10-year warranty on its stain and paint finishes. In fact, when customers tell us they want to buy one last energy-efficient door for the life of their home, we suggest Provia because it shows so well despite the sun exposure.

If your door faces north and you have good overhead protection from the elements, a wood door would be just the ticket. “Designer Door and Window makes some very  durable, gorgeous doors constructed of mahogany, oak, maple, fir, and Andian walnut,” said Barron. “A wood door gives your home a warm and appealing look and feel. Great curb appeal!”

Don’t forget to lessen the “pain from your panes” with energy efficient windows too!

Designer Door and Window invites you to visit their beautiful showroom located at the northwest corner of  West Parker and Custer Roads (2109 W. Parker Road, Suite 202A) in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. You can also visit their website ( to request a consultation or a quote, or contact them via phone (972 424-0031) or Email ( or

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