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Old 03-03-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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My previous door was steel and wood and has rotted. Just got the house so not sure where it was getting the water from, one theory is that the previous owner never cleaned the deck during snow days and that the accumulated snow melted over time and caused the issue.


Was thinking of a fibre glass door with pvc jambs ( can get one from therma tru) -

some research on this door suggests that this door is not that good and lets rain water through as well as getting this door will take severak weeks, have a contractor who is available next week to do so but no door.

looking for suggestions.

this door is for entry to deck from house and is L handed swing door

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Old 03-03-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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If the threshold is even with the decking, there's one reason it failed.
If there was no sill pan under it or at least some flashing there's another.
Those doors come primed not painted. Hundreds of times I see unpainted, painted with the wrong paint (should be painted with 100% acrilic latex)
or it was painted a dark color.
A fiberglass door, vinyl jambs, vinyl brick molding, adjustable sill would be a good choise.
I've never had a Thermtru door leak.

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If the threshold is even with the decking, there's one reason it failed.
If there was no sill pan under it or at least some flashing there's another.
Those doors come primed not painted. Hundreds of times I see unpainted, painted with the wrong paint (should be painted with 100% acrilic latex)
or it was painted a dark color.
A fiberglass door, vinyl jambs, vinyl brick molding, adjustable sill would be a good choise.
I've never had a Thermtru door leak.
Can you recommend a brand and if I can pick up at local big store like home depot/ lowes or somewhere else?
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If the threshold is even with the decking, there's one reason it failed.
If there was no sill pan under it or at least some flashing there's another.
Those doors come primed not painted. Hundreds of times I see unpainted, painted with the wrong paint (should be painted with 100% acrilic latex)
or it was painted a dark color.
A fiberglass door, vinyl jambs, vinyl brick molding, adjustable sill would be a good choise.
I've never had a Thermtru door leak.
Also, the threshold is 1' above decking. I think that the snow not cleared up caused the issue, years of neglect.


there is a flashing under the old door which must have failed
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Thermatru fiberglass doors come primed OR painted. Personally, I prefer the factory paint job. Professional appearance and comes with a warranty. There are better doors out there, but that is a pretty good "bang for the buck" choice. I've had very few issues with them.
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Thermatru fiberglass doors come primed OR painted. Personally, I prefer the factory paint job. Professional appearance and comes with a warranty. There are better doors out there, but that is a pretty good "bang for the buck" choice. I've had very few issues with them.

One contractor i contacted for the door said it could take 2 weeks and cost around $1100.00 ie for fiber glass door with pvc jambs..

don't want to wait for 2 weeks...any suggestions would be much obliged
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That sounds about right, two weeks might even be on the fast side. The only way that you'll find anything faster would be if you find it in stock, although most stocking products at the box stores leave something to be desired in terms of quality.
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Have no complaints with our factory finished fiberglass therma-tru door either. I think you will be more satisifed if you order and wait, versus getting something off the shelf.

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