It took forever to decide on a perfect entry door for my 1955 mid-century modern home. After extensive research, I finally decided on a fiberglass entry door called “Pulse” by Therma-Tru. I know fiberglass isn’t period correct, but I didn’t want to take any chances with a solid wood entry door knowing that my interior doors swell (to the point they are hard to shut) during humid months. I thought a modern fiberglass door would be a good alternative for my situation.
Therma-Tru is an Ohio-based mass-market door manufacturer founded in 1962. The company launched the first fiberglass door on the market in 1982. Therma-Tru introduced a new line of mid-century modern inspired entry doors called “Pulse” in 2013. The “Pulse” doors are customizable with wide variety of options including four door styles (Ari, Echo, Linea, and Solei), two finishes (stainable oak grained fiberglass and paintable smooth fiberglass), and 17 glass styles. You can built your door on their website or get their “DoorWays” app on your smartphone to design and visualize the entry door for your home.
I chose “Linea” style door with “Chord” glass in paintable smooth fiberglass. The clear glass would probably be more appropriate, but I wanted a little privacy. Plus, I didn’t want any thieves peeking into my house to see if we were home! I ordered my door from a local Therma-Tru distributer. The door can also be ordered from a big box retailer (the blue one). I paid a total of $966.94 for the door, some hardware (not including the door knob and deadbolt) and installation.
I painted the door in “Caribbean Coral” and trim in “Fairfax Brown” (from Sherwin Williams’ Suburban Modern color palette) after the installation. I had always wanted a starburst shaped back plate behind a door knob, so I picked up a “Wide Star Exterior Escutcheon” back plate from Rejuvenation. For the door set, I chose a Schlage “A-Series” (“F-Series” knobs do not fit the Rejuvenation escutcheon) Orbit (A53 ORB) door knob in satin chrome (with 5” backset extender to accommodate an escutcheon) and Schlage Single Cylinder (B560) deadbolt. I bought each door hardware separately to save money (paid $234.95), but you can buy the set from Rejuvenation (Titan Exterior Door Set, $325.00).
So I have this door for about six months now and there are few things I don’t like about – I’m not a big fan of the molding around the glass and pegs that cover screw holes. Also, I recently noticed some gray rubbery substance (glue?) oozing out between the glass and the door. I can probably scrape it off, but that just one more thing I need to add to my “Eventually To Do List.” Other than that, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!