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Old 06-16-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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I want to buy a new sliding glass door.


I'm looking for something middle of the road. I don't want to buy a complete piece of junk, but I don't want to spend 1000 bucks on a door either. It looks like the two options at HD were about 350 for a jeld-wen or 550 for some other brand i've never heard of, that looked a little nicer.


Can I get some guidance on this?

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If you are in CA and installing DIY, you probably won't do better than Simonton (assuming that you are going vinyl). Its a solid piece and you can order it from HD.

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Also concider a French door instead, twice the avalible opening size if you need it to move in furniture, less parts to stick and fail, better looking.
Installs exactly the same in the same sized rough opening.
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Also concider a French door instead, twice the avalible opening size if you need it to move in furniture, less parts to stick and fail, better looking.
Installs exactly the same in the same sized rough opening.
My front door is a French door with sidelights (needs replacing too someday) so I think i'll just stick with a regular slider.
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I've installed many Anderson doors---good doors and simple to install--however, the price will be out of the budget that you have set.

French doors are quite difficult to install---very unforgiving ---
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I've installed many Anderson doors---good doors and simple to install--however, the price will be out of the budget that you have set.
HRM.... maybe my budget is unreasonable then.


I know the last sliding door that I bought was an 8 footer (around 1000 bucks) and my tenants broke the vinyl track by dropping something on it, or dog chew or whatever. Maybe i'm just still angry.
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There seems to be some confusion about wood and vinyl. I don't think that anyone here is recommending Andersen vinyl, only wood. My Simonton recommendation was assuming that you are only considering vinyl.
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You should also look at Milgard, I’ve never had a problem with a Milgard sliding door.

I see you live on the Coast, Milgard is the only West Coast brand I know of that offers a "Stainless Steel Hardware Package" as an option, which is mandatory where you live imo.
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There seems to be some confusion about wood and vinyl. I don't think that anyone here is recommending Andersen vinyl, only wood. My Simonton recommendation was assuming that you are only considering vinyl.
Would there be a reason to talk myself out of vinyl and go with a wood door?
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My own perception of Jeld-Wen is that their quality has dropped a lot over the last couple of years. Even the suppliers who stock them locally are telling me this.
I would also recommend Milgard close to your budget.
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Would there be a reason to talk myself out of vinyl and go with a wood door?
No, especially not in your budget range. There are some very nice wood doors to be sure, but a quality vinyl door will be more cost-effective. Just don't buy a cheapo.

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