Advice on Patio Door

Old 06-27-05, 01:34 PM
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Advice on Patio Door


New homeowner. Current patio door (wood, sliding) has water damage and am planning to replace it now that summer is here...

So far, I have come up with all sorts of door companies and types... Pella, Andersen... Vinyl, Wood, Aluminium, Steel...

My layman understanding is that all I need is a preferably vinyl door with "vaccum sealed" glass for energy conservation.

Do I need to know anything else before I decide on a door? Any feedback (postive or negative) on a particular door type?

Old 07-01-05, 05:23 AM
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ALL dual pane glass is vaccuum sealed. If some salesman even brought the point up, he's using it as sales hype.

You mention Pella and Andersen -- certainly 2 of the Cadillacs in the industry. You can get sliders and windows that perform just as well and are warrantied as well for about 1/2 the price if you shop around. But if name brand is important to you, so be it.

Low-E glass -- don't bring a door or window home without it!!! Gas fill -- only if you are in a really cold climate.

Vinyl will be lower in cost than clad or wood, and have no maintenance.
Old 07-04-05, 12:49 PM
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Vinyl Patio Door

Just had my vinyl patio door installed yesterday. Looks great!
Instead of Anderson or Pella, consider "Anlin." I've looked a few
other brands but Anlin looked and performed better than the others. The price was right also!

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go with vinyl clad. aluminum clad....look at your gutters! All glass is about the same as long as it has low-e. Google Pella lawsuit. Aluminum clad products do not seal as well as vinyl at the edges or corners.

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