by Keith Beebe
MAPLE PARKâ€”Itâ€™s not very nice to tell someone that their front door is ugly, but that sort of criticism was music to the ears of Wade and Tara Scharlau. They recently won a $5,000 door makeover after winning Therma-Truâ€™s Ugliest Door contest.
The contest, which ran from May 3 to July 2, selects its winners based on online votes and offers the possibility of both reward and redemption to those who have out-of-date, tacky and hideous front doors on their homes.
The Scharlaus first became aware of the contest in 2008 after seeing a contest flyer at a Loweâ€™s hardware store. They entered the contest that year but were eliminated before reaching the finals.
â€œWe kept looking at Therma-Truâ€™s website to see if they had the contest again, (but) last year there was no contest,â€ Tara Scharlau said. â€œThis year, we entered and made it to the finals because the (rest of the) house looks so much better with all the windows replaced.â€
Therma-Tru manufactures both fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. And when the Scharlaus filled out a Certificate of Appropriateness three years ago with the Kane County Historical Society, they were provided with a list of front-door options for their historical home, including a Therma-Tru door that matched all of the houseâ€™s existing doors.
The Scharlausâ€™ home, located on Beith Road, was built in 1847 and is considered a Kane County historical landmark. Their new door system will be so well-insulated that it will reduce the coupleâ€™s gas bill, which is currently a bit too high for Taraâ€™s liking.
â€œIâ€™m just waiting to hear when we can order our (new) door and install it,â€ she said.
Contest entrants were required to submit either a 150-word essay or 90-second narrated video explaining why they thought their door was the ugliest.
For more information regarding the Ugliest Door contest, visit myuglydoor.com.