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an internal view of a rougue valleyWhen it comes to selecting residential entry doors, where do you even begin? If you own a single family home, with a few exceptions, your choices are defined by your own personal style, your imagination, and, of course, your budget.

If you live in a condo or townhome, your options may become more limited, as homeowners’ associations generally identify specific criteria so that all units meet the community standards. In addition, there are a number of fire and life safety codes that must be adhered to in multifamily dwellings that do not necessarily apply to single family detached housing. Make no mistake; there are certain applications in single family homes that must also meet fire and life safety standards.

Then, of course, particularly in multifamily units, there are entry and exit points within the building that may even require doors that meet commercial ratings. Oh, you thought commercial doors were only for stores, office buildings, and the like? Don’t let the word “commercial” throw you; there are certain circumstances where these doors are required in residences as well.

Over our next few conversations, we will look at the various types of entry doors – wood, fiberglass, steel, and, yes, even commercial doors – to give you an idea of what each offers, as well as when you need to be aware of specific limitations in which type you can use.

In the meantime, take a look at the existing entry doors in your home, and start imagining what you would like them to be? We’re here to help in your decision making process at or (708)423-1720.



  • Joe Bresnahan says:

    Joe Bresnahan says:
    I was wondering about the Marvin windows you installed on my house. I went to the Marvin website and found some interesting information. A ccording to the installation video and instructions, shims should be used when installing their windows. Also they recommend using minimal expansion spray foam insulation between the windows and frames. I don’t recall your installers using shims when they screwed my windows to the frames and I know they stuffed yellow fiberglass insulation between the windows and frames. Could that be why the area around the windows are cold? Are the windoes safe without shims being used during the window instalation? Thanks. Joe Bresnahan

    • rae@evergreen says:

      Mr. Bresnahan, we have replied to this exact question from you before, as follows:

      Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding your Marvin window installation. Please be assured that, while our installers use a method that differs from the video, our installations are Marvin certified, as well as backed by our 50 years of experience. We assure the quality of our installations throughout the lifetime of your windows, and are always here to provide any needed service. We want you, and all our customers, to come back to us for all your remodeling needs, and to recommend us to your friends and family in the future.

      If you have additional questions, please feel free to call us at (708) 723-1720. Thank you.