I have patio doors & don't like them


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Old 03-11-10, 02:50 PM
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I have patio doors & don't like them

I read some postings and agree that I should get a quality door. I like Anderson & Pella. Both are rated highly. Their sites leave much to be desired so I am here to get help.

I want to replace the doors because of the new energy efficient doors that are available. Mine are NOT and I live in Florida.

I do like vinyl because of the ease of cleaning; however if I do add a new wood door that would replace a vinyl door on a cedar patio that would look really good.

What do the wood doors have on the exterior that would make them "almost maintenance free" I do like maintenance free AND energy efficient.

 
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Old 03-11-10, 03:25 PM
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What do the wood doors have on the exterior that would make them "almost maintenance free" I do like maintenance free AND energy efficient.



Nada. Wood=maintenance any way you cut it. You can buy vinyl clad doors in a variety of colors (special order probably) and they would blend in with your exterior. They have a better instance of thermal resistance than wood or metal clad units. Does the sun shine directly on the door unit? If not, a wood door from Pella or Andersen would be just fine, but if it is in direct sunlight, no. Go with the vinyl clad.
 
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Old 03-11-10, 03:30 PM
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All wood doors have nothing to make them maintenance free.

Most quality doors have vinyl or aluminum clad exteriors. Some...depending on the location and color....can be repainted to match your house. The wood interior is just a thin veneer over the core and frame. This is to allow it to be painted or stained to match the interior of your home...

I'd vote for the andersen Narrowline or Frenchwood...depending on your preference. Same construction, options and hardware. One is just a more traditional..and the other more modern..
 
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Old 03-11-10, 03:47 PM
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Florida hot side of house

Yes Chandler,

My patio sliding door is definitely among the HOTTEST parts of the house.

If I replace it I want an energy efficient door. I don't really care much about looking good on the inside or outside.

The ONLY thing I want is it to be MORE energy efficient.

NO, I won't give up the view the windows & DOOR provide because I find joy watching the outside.

I want to save a little in energy consumption but cannot give up the view to get there.
 
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Old 03-11-10, 03:51 PM
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I vote with Gunguy, Andersen Frenchwood is a quality door with wood inside and maintenance free outside. It is also available with high strength glass to meet Florida codes. Not an inexpensive door, but best value for your dollar, IMHO. Avoid pella.
 
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Old 03-12-10, 07:31 AM
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Patio door decision

I already have Anderson windows (very large ones) in what I call the sunroom. Those windows are great and have been here for many years.

Why don't you like Pella? I don't have them but I guess the advertising makes me think they are good windows. Since I know Anderson is really good I will go with them for my patio door.


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