Any good entry doors out there yet?
We’re almost done with our Minneapolis energy retrofit, but I still haven’t come up with any good entry and side door options. The home is framed with 2×4″ walls, and there is also limited side to side clearance to add a more substantial European frame.
That said, I would like to find something that’s available in triple pane glass. My preference is to use as much glazing (24X60″?) in the doors as possible, provided it’s still secure. They face southeast and southwest, so I’d like to take advantage of winter solar gain and natural lighting on the small house. We will use shading to prevent unwanted summer gains.
Finally, I want them to look great. I’ve heard entry doors are one of the best investments for curb appeal. Most of the homes in our neighborhood have either beautiful natural wood or brightly painted doors, so I’m looking for something that fits the bill there. Fiberglass is fine as long as it looks good.
So, is there anything out there that reasonably meets these needs? American made is preferable, but not mandatory as long as I can get just a replacement door without hacking the house apart to install it. I’d be happy with R-5, but would prefer even higher insulating and air sealing if available. I’ll gladly pay more than a Home Depot door, but need to keep price within reason as well.
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