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jdbs3 10-04-2012 04:11 PM

Entry Door - What Manufacturer?
I'm replacing an entry door; current plan is to go fiberglass or wood. It will be installed by a handyman who does good work.

Seems like quality has gone by the wayside with the current big box store price mentality. I plan to purchase the door from a local lumber/hardware store, not a Lowes or HD.

What manufacturers build a quality door? Seems like a google search can turn up complaints/problems with most every manufacturer.

My current thinking is one of the following for fiberglass:

- Masonite - my wife's choice for a smooth fiberglass finish door @~$550
- Pella
- Therma Tru
- Andersen

Any consensus on who builds the best quality door, other than Pro Via which is probably out of my price range?

And who builds quality wood doors?


HomeSealed 10-04-2012 09:19 PM

I agree on ProVia, and I like Thermatru out of that list. The Classic Craft is very nice, while the Fiber classic and Smooth Star offer a nice bang for the buck.

Windows on Wash 10-05-2012 06:53 AM


Without know more about which specific models, its tough to say but the ThermaTru is a solid product.

joecaption 10-05-2012 07:11 AM

A few nice features to have in my opion on any new door is an adjustable sill, vinyl brick moulding, at least no rot jamb (they use PVC or some form of composit at the bottoms of the jambs)
Real brass ball bearing hindges not just plated.

With an adjustable sill if the floor is not level you can still get a tight seal, and there is no cheap sealing strip on top of it that always rips off. The seal is on the bottom of the door.
I also would go with a fiberglass door instead of a wooden one. No expantion and contraction or painting to deal with.

jdbs3 10-08-2012 03:16 PM

Is Masonite a good brand? This is where my wife is leaning, but I'd like to get some feedback specific to them before buying their door.


joecaption 10-08-2012 03:19 PM

By fair not my favorite brand. Any I've ever seen look, feel and fail like a builders grade door.

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