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Old 03-11-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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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?

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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.

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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:
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I wouldn't modify the door unless you can contact the manufacturer for guidance.
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the arch will be the problem cost wise
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I wouldn't modify the door unless you can contact the manufacturer for guidance.
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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.
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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
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Thanks so much for all the great advice!! I'll let you know how it turns out.
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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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