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webbgurl 03-11-2010 07:39 PM

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Good Afternoon. We have fiberglass exterior double doors, (the woodgrain ones), that were in the house when we bought it. I believe they were a prehung unit. We would like to have glass added to the doors which already have etched areas that would look great with glass installed. We don't want to replace the doors with another prehung unit. What is the best and least expensive way to give our home the the natural light it needs with out breaking the bank?

Just Bill 03-12-2010 05:59 AM

You may be able to cut out the raised panels and get glass from the door manufacturer. Is there a brand name anywhere?? Or you could have insulated glass units made locally.

webbgurl 03-12-2010 08:52 AM

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I don't see a brand name for the doors. Only Hager on the hinges, and Endura on the strip on left entrydoor. here's a pic of the doors:

Ron6519 03-12-2010 08:59 AM

I wouldn't modify the door unless you can contact the manufacturer for guidance.

tpolk 03-12-2010 09:11 AM

the arch will be the problem cost wise

webbgurl 03-12-2010 10:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Ron6519 (Post 413473)
I wouldn't modify the door unless you can contact the manufacturer for guidance.

Why is it important to contact the manufacturer? Maybe the seller can tell us where he bought the door. We bought the house in December and we just want some light in the entryway. We found a couple of places that say a carpenter can measure and cut the holes, they will cut the glass and install it for a fee.

tpolk 03-12-2010 10:26 AM

the door can be modified, i would only take out the top panel but even that may mess with door integrity thus talk to manufacturer. i have made changes like you want and you can get cheap plastic frames with glass or a custom mill shop can make something classier. some companys have retro fits for this

webbgurl 03-13-2010 01:04 AM

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Thanks so much for all the great advice!! I'll let you know how it turns out.:thumbsup:

cantwin1 03-14-2010 09:44 AM

Take a look at the top of the door, the very top flat surface, see if it has a name, Therm-Tru, Masonite, Plastpro, etc. Or a model number you can search on google to come up with the manufacturer. All three make an insert for that style door, I'm sure there are other manufacturers out there. Other than that, get some good measurements of the top panel width, height, arch, and see if an existing glass and frame would fit. Find a shop that does just doors, and they should be able to help.

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