Doors that Brand: The Making of a Winning Entrance

Do you need Doors that Brand your building? Follow the making of a Winning Entrance

In March, we completed our #inoticedoors hashtag photo contest, and we announced the winning photo by Mike of The Lazzaro Companies: an entrance at Peoples Bank in Highland, IN.


A Winning Design

This entrance is unique, featuring not only curved framing but also curved muntins that complete the circular shape. Where the curved muntins run thru the door– completing the circle design– vertical muntins begin and travel down to the bottom rail. What an intricate design!  Also notable– the vertical framing above the entrance echoes the lines of the inactive middle leaf. These are not your typical bank doors!

Arches with Curved Framing in Production

Little did anyone know, this entrance had caught our eye much earlier on! We had several projects coming through production with beautifully curved framing in December.


Any project with curved framing results in a show-stopping entrance– but it wasn’t until I saw the drawings that I knew this would be an entrance that brands a building!


An Entrance that Brands a building– and Endures

Many Peoples Bank locations feature a similar or nearly identical design with a circular shape and arched framing. However, this is the first to feature Special-Lite entrance products. According to Mike Nolan at The Lazzaro Companies, the original drawings called for aluminum-clad residential doors to suit the overall look the designer wanted. However, Mike advised the bank that Special-Lite was the way to go for this opening. Mike had experience using Special-Lite products in the past. He understood that residential doors do not accept commercial hardware well. In addition, residential doors are certainly not as durable as commercial entrance systems. With support from the contractor, Larson-Danielson, Mike worked with the engineering department at Special-Lite to come up with the opening you see in the photo.

Every entrance product at Special-Lite is made-to-order. This enables us to make a one-of-a-kind entrance such as this one, that stands out and communicates your brand. We love helping organizations create an entrance that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter!


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#inoticedoors Hashtag Photo Contest: About & Rules

 About the #inoticedoors Hashtag Photo Contest

This contest has ended (for now)! Check out our winner here. Compete in the #inoticedoors photo competition! Do you notice doors? Do you find yourself checking every entrance you enter to see who makes it? We do!

To enter this photo contest, post photos of Special-Lite® Entrance Products you notice in your area or travels with the hashtags #inoticedoors and #speciallite.

You can be in the photo, or have it just of the door! Anyone can enter– including employees! Extra points for unique doors, famous buildings, and doors that BRAND a business!

  By taking photos of our doors, you will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8, a digital photography bundle (or prize of equal value), and other great prizes! Weekly Prizes: Special-Lite Logo Merchandise Prize for the Most Submissions by Valentine’s Day (February 14): Kindle Fire HD 8 Grand Prize (best photo – March 13): Digital Photography Bundle (or prize of equal value)

To Enter:

1. Post a photo of an interesting or unique Special-Lite Door to, Instagram, or Twitter. You can also visit the tab on our Facebook Page to submit an entry! Facebook: Please note that if you post the photo on your personal Facebook account, it will not count as an entry. You must post to our Facebook page! Instagram: If your account is private, you must make it public for the duration of the contest and the judging period to enter the contest.  

2. Tag the photo, adding the hashtags #inoticedoors and #speciallite.


3. Follow the competition and get inspired by other participants by liking our Facebook page and following @special_lite on Instagram and @SpecialLite_inc on Twitter.



The Contest is brought to you by the following entity (the “Contest Sponsor“): Special-Lite, Inc. The Contest entry period (the “Entry Period”) starts at 5:00 pm on January 13, 2017  and continues until 8:00 am on March 16, 2017.  All times are Eastern. Per Facebook and Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Facebook or Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Facebook and Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Facebook and Instagram’s term of use. Special-Lite, Inc. cannot control the content that is posted with the hashtag #inoticedoors, outside of our own accounts. Special-Lite disagrees with any content with the hashtag #inoticedoors that contain criminal/anti-social behavior, hate, sexually suggestive, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, violent, nudity or foul language.

This contest is not affiliated with Amazon.


By entering this Contest, you give the Contest Sponsor, their respective parent and affiliated companies and their representatives, the right and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, disseminate, publish, distribute, represent publicly, edit and modify the photos submitted in this Contest around the world and in perpetuity, with no remuneration whatsoever and, where appropriate, for all purposes related to Contest Sponsor’s activities, including but not limited to dissemination through various media, namely the Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter account, and website. You also agree that your first and last names and/or account names may be used in association with the submitted photos.

The grand prize is awarded at the sole discretion of the Content Sponsor; photos will be judged by originality, unique qualities of the entrance, architecture of the building, quality of photography, and notability of the building or end user of the entrance product.

The Contest Sponsor will select winners within (5) business days of each contest period listed above. Prizes are subject to availability, and the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an item of equal value.