Home Exterior Makeover: New, Beautiful Deck, Door and Trim

We’re in Rhode Island to meet the winner of our Elevate Your Exterior Contest. Her name is Merry Beth Cutler and her 25-year-old home is about to get an exterior makeover, courtesy of the contest sponsors, Therma-Tru Doors, Fypon Millwork and Fiberon Decking.

Even though Merry Beth’s home has been well cared for, wood components have started showing wear and tear. And the old metal door was neither energy efficient, nor very attractive.

That’s why we’re here!

Old metal front door
This old metal front door is functional, but not very attractive.

Home Exterior Makeover: New Front Door

Merry Beth and her mom watch as the crew removes their old front door. And, after prepping the opening, a new fiberglass unit is set into place — and what a difference it makes!

Therma-Tru fiberglass front door, as seen following New England home exterior makeover
Therma-Tru’s fiberglass door adds dramatic impact to this home’s curb appeal.

Jerry Flanigan from Therma-Tru helped Merry Beth choose a door from its Classic-Craft collection.

Therma-Tru doors look, feel and sound like authentic wood doors. They can stand up to extreme weather and moisture, and resist rotting, warping or twisting.

Front, plain New England house
The front of this house has no character, but adding just a little trim will change that.

Adding Decorative Trim

Monochromatic siding and trim on the front of the house offer no real character to the place, so we realized the new front door and Merry Beth’s windows needed dressing up.

That’s next on the list for this home’s exterior makeover!

Fypon trimwork around windows and front door of home after exterior makeover
Fypon trim around the windows and door instantly elevates this home’s exterior.

The front door and all the front windows get some detailed polyurethane trim from Fypon. It goes up around the door with help from the foreman, Andrew Fenster.

This one-piece trim is a low-maintenance alternative to the four pieces of wood that would be required to create the same look. (And those pieces would have to be caulked and painted, and re-caulked whenever temperature changes caused the wood to expand and contract.)


    • Hi, Madeline! Full episodes of “Today’s Homeowner” are available on todayshomeowner.com after they have aired twice nationwide.
      This full episode should be available on todayshomeowner.com the week of Oct. 5.


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