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Therma-Tru Pulse Modern Door

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.

so ugly!

so ugly!

Tow peep holes?!

two peep holes?!

ugly door hardware

ugly door hardware

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.

DoorWays app lets you visualize your new door

DoorWays app lets you visualize your new door

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.

unpainted door

unpainted door

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).

Rejuvenation Wide Star Exterior Escutcheon

Rejuvenation Wide Star Exterior Escutcheon

painted door

painted door

hardware installed

hardware installed

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!

design flaw!

design flaw!

welcome!

welcome!

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3 Responses to “Therma-Tru Pulse Modern Door”

  1. Rejuvenationon 13 Apr 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Love your look! Thanks for including Rejuvenation!

  2. Janeton 15 Aug 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Hello,

    Loved your post, especially about the starburst door escutcheon. I recently purchased the same one hoping it’d fit my existing hardware. I’m 90% its probably not going to fit because of where my door hole sits in relation to the door edge. The star point will probably bump the bolt/doorway… I already have a retro 50’s style door, so hoping I can come up with a solution. Otherwise I will definitely need a door latch extender, but am wondering how to tackle making a new door hole further down. I wanted to ask where you purchased your Schlage A series hardware? I’ll probably need that before I tackle making a new hole etc.

    Thanks again!

    Janet

  3. adminon 15 Aug 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Hi, Janet. Rejuvenation also sells “narrow” star escutcheon which may fit your existing door knob hole. I purchased my parts from Build.com. I believe Amazon also sells them at the same price. I do many DIY projects, but I hired a pro for this project.

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