Exterior French Doors


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Old 06-06-06, 07:50 PM
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Exterior French Doors

I want to remove an existing window in the dining area of my 2000 Skyline DW and replace it with double French Exterior doors opening to a deck outside. Are there specific doors of this type manufactured for DW's? If so, can you recommend any sites or dealers?
 
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MH doors are slightly different than conventional doors. They usually 76" tall instead of the normal 80" If I'm not mistaken they only come in the 6' overall width. They should be able to be bought at any MH improvement/repair center - check your yellow pages.

I'm sure you understand that installing doors isn't as simple as just cutting out the opening and inserting the door. There may be wiring that needs moving and there will need to be some sort of header system installed to support the roof over the increased opening distance.
 
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Originally Posted by bcmp002
I want to remove an existing window in the dining area of my 2000 Skyline DW and replace it with double French Exterior doors opening to a deck outside. Are there specific doors of this type manufactured for DW's? If so, can you recommend any sites or dealers?
I do understand there may be wiring and headers that need to be considered. Would it be simpler and less costly to go with sliding glass doors with stiles that have the french door look? I realize cutting the opening would be similar, but I'm concerned with the security aspects. I guess a glass exterior door could be somewhat of a risk either way.
 
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Old 06-08-06, 04:27 AM
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IMO french doors are more secure than sliding glass doors. I don't think one would be much harder than the other to install. I don't know how they compare in price. I know you can get french doors in the 76" MH height but I don't know if you can get short sliding glass doors or if you would have to use the standard 80" height.
 
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Unhappy Security of French Doors

Hello, we just had Anderson French Doors for the patio installed with a 3-point locking system to replace a set of sliders that was no longer working.

I thought these would be as secure as sliders (we used to put a bar in the track to prevent opening), but -- to my dismay -- someone told us after they were installed that all you need to do to break in is to drill the plate behind the dead bolt from the outside and use a screwdriver to turn the bolt.

Help! Now I don't feel at all safe. Can these doors be secured against drilling? What is a mortice sash lock and can one be installed on these doors? I read those were anti-drill, etc.

Thanks much for any help you can give. I am very nervous now that we installed these doors.
 
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Old 06-11-06, 06:16 PM
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Welcome to the forums DMF

IMO your new doors are better secured than sliding doors. If a thief is determined to get, he will. I recently had a bldg broke into - apparently they took a pipe wrench and twisted the lock off and then used a screw driver to get in. Believe it or not after taking $1500 worth of stuff they locked up after themselves

If you are really concerned with securing your home I believe your best bet would be a security system.
 
 

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