West facing entry door: ThermaTru vs PlastPro

ar3045December 19, 2013

All,
I have been a lurker for years now. We are in the middle of a full remodel and addition currently and could use some help now.

Need to purchase the entry door for our house now. I need a regular door with two sidelights, 6'8" tall.

I did some reading here and elsewhere and decided to go with ThermaTru (cannot afford a Provia). I started calling vendors and asking for quotes and one of my trusted window stores recommended PlastPro. They are telling me that PlastPro is completely fiberglass where as ThermaTru has some wood components (jambs and stuff) so more susceptible to rot and termites.

The house we are remodeling does have subterranean termites and we will be treating them before moving in. This is a west facing door and will get significant sunlight. That is the major reason behind our decision to go for a fiber glass door.

I cannot determine if ThermaTru doors have wood in them and how bad that would be. I need to order the door this week and could use all the help I could get.

Thanks in advance,

This post was edited by ar3045 on Thu, Dec 19, 13 at 3:42

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windowsonwashington

If you are counting on the door not having any wood in it and that being the barrier to the termites, we are in trouble regardless.

The ThermaTru door is okay.

Do you have HomeGuard where you are? They have one of the nicest fiberglass doors out there that I have ever seen.

The potential for termites needs to be handled via flashing and weatherization details at the sill.

Be sure to have a continuous and inorganic sill pan detail in the installation.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 7:26AM
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HomeSealed

Good advice above, although I'd add that with their Timberframe option, Homeguard does offer a fully rot-proof door with no wood at all.
Plastpro makes a nice slab that is used by some other manufacturers, I can't comment however on the quality of their assembly and finishing of a full unit (including frame, staining, etc).
Thermatru's Classic Craft is solid. I believe that all of their products do have some wood in them however.
That said, I agree with WOW regarding termite control. The entire frame of your home is wood (most likely), so a little bit of wood in the door is not the biggest worry.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Karateguy

I have had nothing but problems with Thermatru doors. Poor quality control in my experience.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 12:23PM
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ar3045

WOW, HomeSealed,
Now that you mention it, yes we have tons of wood already. So, this does not make a huge difference. I will talk to the contractor about weatherization and stuff.

Homeguard does not seem to have much presence here, according to google at least. I am in the SF Bay Area. I thought everyone has a presence here. Guess I was wrong.

Karateguy,
Are you still using the Thermatru door? Did you replace it with something else?
Would love to know more about this.

Thanks

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 1:57PM
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mmarse1

Agree, i also do NOT like thermaTru. Provia, hmi , and homeguard make the best doors.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 3:35PM
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