Headquartered in Sugarcreek, Ohio, ProVia has manufactured doors since 1977. ProVia prides themselves on the old-world craftsmanship they put into their building products. In addition to entry doors, they produce energy-efficient windows, vinyl siding, and manufactured stone for home exteriors.
At Brennan, we are a family-owned remodeling company, and we treat our customers as an extension of our family. For 40 years, we’ve helped homeowners in Dallas-Fort Worth bring their remodeling visions to life. We’ve been able to help thousands of families make homes more comfortable, beautiful, and aligned with their unique needs. ProVia’s attention to detail, commitment to unmatched quality and service makes us proud to partner with them. We offer products from five ProVia door style series to our customers.
In this article, we’re reviewing the performance specs and customization options for the ProVia Signet line - one of their fiberglass entry door options. Fiberglass doors great additions for homeowners seeking long lasting, moisture resistant, and highly customizable entryways.
ProVia Signet Performance
Fiberglass has very low thermal conductivity, meaning heat and cold don’t transfer easily through the material. This is an excellent characteristic to prevent drastic temperature fluctuations. According to the Office for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, doors made with fiberglass are some of the most energy efficient on the market.
Better yet, fiberglass can be used in a myriad of ways. The ProVia Signet series takes advantage of fiberglass’ high energy efficiency and malleability to create a beautiful line of high-performance doors.
Why fiberglass doors?
You’re probably familiar with fiberglass as insulation material that’s packed between the walls of your home. This material helps stop the flow of cold in the winter and heat in the summer, offering some relief to your HVAC system.
Doors made from fiberglass make an excellent choice because fiberglass is stronger than vinyl as well as wood. The material is also highly resistant to moisture. For homes in high humidity areas, rot, warping, shrinking and swelling are just a few issues you’ll be able to avoid.
The properties of fiberglass lend to a door that will not change dimension due to moisture levels in the air. Additionally, fiberglass doors are able to retain their fit and maintain a tight seal in the door frame, further protecting against the elements.
How are ProVia Signet doors made?
First, ProVia starts with high-quality fiberglass formed into stiles and rails. These components are then dovetailed and fit together to ensure a structurally solid frame. The effectiveness of the fiberglass in the Signet line is reinforced by foam technology. Each door is foam filled by a data-driven process to ensure that each portion of the inside of the door is packed with the highly insulating material.
One of the major benefits of the Signet line is its wood-inspired appearance. The authentic lumber look is created by nickel vapor deposition technology by Master Grain™. This process takes a highly detailed cast of real wood to emboss the fiberglass. The result is a strong, moisture resistant door with realistic wood grain. Next, ProVia uses their DuraFuse™ Finishing System featuring P3 Fusion process to create high definition panels and durability to ensure the finish lasts as long as the door. To accent the wood-inspired style of the ProVia Signet line, the door edges are constructed with real wood. You have the choice of oak, cherry, mahogany, or fir.
On the bottom edge of the door, a composite material is fitted to ensure the tightest seal and maximum rot resistance.
Glass with beauty and brawn
Want to get fancy? Then the varied glass options in the ProVia Signet line are for you. Glass is not just an aesthetic component of a door, it’s another opportunity to bring more light into your home.
If you choose doors with glass inserts make sure to choose a high performing glass package to protect the insulating value of your door. ProVia offers ComforTech Warm Edge Glazing to help ensure maximum energy efficiency.
ComforTech Warm Edge offers six glazing options that are Energy Star certified for homes in North Texas (the South Central region). These insulated glass units use either double or triple pane glass and are filled with either krypton or argon. Because there are no conductive metals built into the structure of the glass, ComforTech glazing systems achieve thermal efficiency. It is not uncommon for insulated glass units to use metal spacers that expand, contract, and attract and hold heat, all of which work against the intentions of double and triple pane glass.
ProVia’s Super Spacer® is made of a mylar foam (a type of resin). This material is resistant to the expansion often seen with aluminum or steel. This means that the valuable krypton and argon gas stays in-between the glass panes, where it can effectively guard against thermal transfer.
ProVia Signet Styles and Colors
We’ve reviewed the specifications that make the ProVia Signet line a high performing entry door option. Now, let's look at the customization available in terms of the door styles, sidelite styles, wood series, stain finishes, and hardware.
ProVia Signet entry doors are sold in 29 different styles. For homes with taller entryways, ProVia offers 14 different varieties of 8’ doors. Below are some of the style options. ProVia offers guidance on the best styles and colors for your home (modern, old world, colonial):
The Provia Signet line gives you the option of either a wood-finish or vivid paint. We’ll look at staining first.
Below are the wood series available:
Stain options for Signet Cherry and Mahogany
Stain options for Signet Oak, Knotty Alder, and Fir
ProVia’s developed their own staining process for long-lasting color and luster - the DuraFuse™ Stain Finishing System:
- P3 Fusion - A preparation process to ensure finish durability
- Stain Finish - Hand applied formulated just for Signet fiberglass doors
- UV Resistant Clear Coat - A layer of 2-part urethane, catalyst-hardened clear coat with UV inhibitors
- Oven-Cured - Clear coat is oven-cured for durability
- Hand Sanded - Prepares the surface for the second layer of clear coat
- UV Resistant Clear Coat - The second layer of 2-part urethane, catalyst-hardened clear coat with UV inhibitors is applied
- Oven-Cured - The door is oven-cured a second time for a lasting finish
Want a bold accent for your home’s facade? ProVia Signet’s paint selection gives you nine vivid shades:
For a more muted look, try one of these seven earth tones:
Important: the Signet Knotty Alder (left) and the Signet Oak (right) doors are highly textured with deep wood grains. Because of this, light-colored paints will highlight these features, making the paint appear to not be finished properly.
Like with stain finishing, ProVia’s DuraFuse™ Paint Finishing System is engineered for lasting color:
- P3 Fusion - A preparation process for finish durability
- Base Coat - 2 part urethane, catalyst-hardened base coat applied by a data-driven paint system
- Oven-Cured - Base coat oven-cured for lasting durability
- Finish Coat - Door coated with 2-part urethane, catalyst-hardened finish coat
- Oven-Cured - Door is oven cured for a second time which provides a lasting finish
The ProVia Signet line is a fiberglass front door system with 29 style options, numerous wood stains, and brilliant colors. If you’re looking for energy efficient, highly customizable entry doors, contact Brennan today at 817-860-9767 to learn more about how the Signet line can accentuate your home’s beauty and style.