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Leaky Jeld Wen French patio doors from Home Depot

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11-20-11, 06:21 AM   #1  
Leaky Jeld Wen French patio doors from Home Depot

Building a new house and installed French doors from Home depot, both doors swing. Seems to have a leak at both corners when the rain hits the where the weatherstripping comes down at corners. We installed them correctly as we knew how and silliconed outside corners of the sill plate and under sill prior to putting unit in but stll a leak. Any others with that problem and what did you do to remedy it?

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11-20-11, 07:09 AM   #2  
There are foam pads that are made to go behind the weatherstrip and directly above the threshold. That would be the first thing to try. But even then, when french doors have no storm door on them they will leak especially when you have a wind driven rain.

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11-22-11, 04:29 PM   #3  
I tend to agree. Outswing doors are more of a problem than inswing. We assume all the flashing was done correctly, including the foam pieces sleeper mentioned. The doors adjustments MUST be correct for the weatherstripping to work. If Andersen, they work well, if JeldWen, not sure.

Where, specifically, does it leak???

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11-25-11, 09:38 PM   #4  
It might be a long-shot, but why not give the factory a call, explaining everything you've said here. On an inspection job I did at an Adult Foster Home for the State DHS in rural Oregon last year, the gyppo contractor managed to crack the frame of the door by the lockset during installation. The AFH owner was not happy, but the contractor called Jeld-Wen, and they furnished a completely new door (delivered to the site) at no cost to anyone. Maybe they would do the same with yours, based on the poor performance it's giving you.

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