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Posted By BrowningBAR,
Sep 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Oldhouseweb.com a bunch of hearthers are there also.
I actually already have an account there. I signed up back in 2008. Never posted, though. I'm 1741farhouse.
Great looking house BBar.
The doors you find in stock at Lowes or Home Depot are what are considered a 5 to 8 year door. OK for a quick replacement if your selling the house or used as builder grade. I've replaced 3 such doors in my house that was built 10 years ago. All have become unusable after about 8 years. For replacements I have found that I needed to spend between $1000 to $2500 (depending on the options) to get a reasonably good door.
Well, that post just dragged my budget outside and shot it.
I do appreciate the info. I just wish it was happier info.
I've had bad experiences with fiberglass doors. They've warped and stop sealing at the top and bottom.
At minimum I'd suggest a steel or wood door, possibly vinyl-clad, with latches that engage at the top and bottom. Our Andersen double french latches only in the middle normally but allows you to pull the handle up to engage latches top and bottom.
In general I've been impressed by Pella, Jeld-Wen, Peachtree, and Andersen units.
I think what Lowes carries in-house may depend upon geographic location.