Maumee, OHIO, (September 13, 2011) -The trend of using decorative glass to create dramatic entryways continues to grow as homeowners choose to stay in their homes longer and remodel for extended personal enjoyment. Adding a "touch of glass" with a new front entry door can be one of the most effective and economical ways to enhance a home's curb appeal.

Beyond aesthetics, a new entry with decorative glass can add value to a home. According to a national home valuation study conducted by Therma-Tru® and TNS, an independent research organization, simply installing a new entryway door has been shown to increase the perceived value of a home by more than $24,000 on average.

Manufacturers offer a wide array of choices for entryways incorporating decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms. These choices allow homeowners to create a custom look for the home while making a statement about the homeowner's personal sense of style.

The recently-introduced Avonlea™ and Maple Park™ decorative glass options from Therma-Tru are perfect examples of the beauty decorative glass can add to the home. With its fluid lines and free flowing leaf pattern, the Avonlea glass package is inspired by nature and features bronze water and clear baroque glass with black nickel caming. The Maple Park decorative glass option creates a peaceful, comforting design element for the home. With its water and granite glass married with clear bevels and a soft arc, the Maple Park glass creates a Craftsman-inspired look, well suited for all types of homes.

Entryway systems that incorporate decorative glass also offer the added benefit of allowing more sunlight into your home without energy loss making for a more attractive, more energy-efficient interior. Some of the most stunning designs are even available in impact-rated versions that provide added home security and protection from severe weather conditions, such as high winds and heavy rain. Other decorative glass options include vented sidelites to allow both air and natural ventilation into the home.

Before entering a local showroom to choose an entry door with decorative glass, homeowners should do some research and consider their options. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a decorative glass entry door for the home.

Tip #1 - Complement your home's architectural style

A home's architectural style often dictates the best door for the façade, and there are plenty of decorative glass options available to complement the most popular home designs. Some of the newest glass designs are also very affordable.

For example, if you have a Victorian style home, Therma-Tru offers Central Park decorative glass option featuring an intricate frosted glass pattern reflective of the extraordinary homes of the Victorian era. If you have a traditional style home, a door with Kensington™ decorative glass might be a good choice. The glass features a center cluster design comprised of clear bevel and glue chip and granite glass, creating a beautiful focal point for the front entry.

Tip #2 - Visualize how a new door will look on your home

If you're not sure which architectural style your home is, or if you want to visualize how a particular door and glass combination might look after it's installed, Therma-Tru has created an interactive Door Designer tool available online at

With the click of a mouse, you can "try on" several suggested entryway possibilities to find the right door and glass for your home's architectural style. Whether you seek the old-world charm of the Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™ for a Spanish-inspired home or desire to see how to personalize your entryway with beautiful decorative glass sidelites, the Door Designer makes the process easier.
Simply select from a range of home scenes including Bungalow, Colonial, New American, Modern, Ranch, Country, European, Coastal, Spanish or Victorian for the one that best resembles your home's architecture. The Door Designer will then recommend the best Therma-Tru door styles for your home so you can create a look uniquely your own.

After you've selected an entryway design, the Door Designer provides a summary of the door components including product style and decorative glass options so you can print out the details and bring it to your local door and window dealer.

Tip #3 - Familiarize yourself with common building terms

As you choose decorative glass to complement your entry and see the many options that are available, it's helpful to familiarize yourself with the various terms used by door manufacturers. Here is a quick "glossary" of some of the most often-used terms, to make your selection process easier.

  • Transom: A framed glass assembly mounted atop a door assembly. Transoms are rectangular in shape or have curved or arched tops. One design of a curved top transom has the shape of a half-ellipse.
  • Sidelite: A fixed narrow panel, installed next to a door panel, for decorative purposes. Sidelites almost always contain glass lites. Vented Sidelites are a special option available from Therma-Tru.
  • Low-emissivity (Low-E): Glass which has been factory-coated with a thin layer of material, nearly clear, which acts to absorb and reflect heat and light energy.
  • Came, Caming: Formed metal stripping, usually made of brass or zinc plated steel, used between cut-glass pieces to assemble the pieces into a decorative glass panel. Caming is soldered at joints to bond the glass assembly together.
  • Doorlite: An assembly of frame and glass panel, which when fitted to a door in a formed or cut-out hole, creates a door with a glass opening.
  • Double-Paned: Outfitted with two panes of glass with a sealed airspace between.
  • Tempered Glass: Glass sheet which has been strengthened by heat processing. Tempered glass when broken, crumbles into small pieces without sharp edges.

With a little advance planning, it's easy to create an eye-catching entryway that will make a striking first impression for visitors. And, from both the inside and out, your decorative glass provides you with a pleasant place to live as you bask in the light of your beautiful entry.

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. (NYSE: FO). For more information, visit, or call (800) 537-8827.

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