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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

When the door experts at Therma-Tru® Doors set out to find the ugliest entry and patio doors in America for the second year in a row, they found even more homes in need of door makeovers then ever before. They encountered double doors plastered in hot pink, single doors that looked like they were hacked with a chainsaw and patio doors hanging off their hinges. Now, the specialists have remedied the situation!

The two winners received Therma-Tru door systems worth approximately $3,000 to $5,000, along with spruced up entryways that include decorative lights, potted plants, trimmed shrubbery and much more.

Grand Prize Winner
Grand prize winners Darrell and Marie Dunnewold of Clymer, N.Y., really charmed our judges with their unusual entry door. The previous owner was an art teacher and had painted the entire door (including windows) a combination of “blue-grey and old-barn red.” In addition to the unique color pattern, the owner had attached a lion’s head knocker, “Hawaiian-style” window shutters and pineapple decorations. Besides the lack of light due to painted windows, the paint was chipping and rickety storm door was a size too small, which provided for very cold winters. The sticker in the upper left corner of the door stating “Please Use Other Door” said it best!

The Dunnewold’s received a 6’8” door from the Classic-Craft® Oak Collection™ with Cambridge glass, brass caming, and 12-inch matching sidelites, a multi-point locking system and Fypon® trim. This door offers the beauty, look and feel of an authentic wood door with the performance benefits of fiberglass. The Oak door system is more than just a beautiful door – it delivers thermal performance and lasting durability that won’t crack, rot or split like real wood.

Second Prize Winner
Second place winners Jerry and Gloria Schwartz of Matthews, N.C., had a security risk on their hands with doors that could easily be picked “with a butter knife or credit card.” Because the doors and frame were made of wood, they were excessively rotted and constantly needed to be re-painted. The window seals broke during the last hurricane and the windows all had a cloudy hue. The doors leaked cold and hot air based on the season due to poor weatherstripping.

The Schwartz’s couldn’t be happier with their new Smooth-Star® Hinged Patio Door System from Therma-Tru, which offers the ultimate in style, performance and durability. Therma-Tru conducts extensive research and testing to develop door systems that perform in harsh weather conditions and have the potential to create greater safety for residents in hurricane and tornado-prone areas of the country.

Stay tuned to find out more about the next Ugliest Door in America contest set to launch early next year.

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