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Old 09-12-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm looking for feedback on brands of french doors (exterior). I've been checking our products (Jen-Weld, Masonite, Anderson, Pella). The prices vary greatly, and it's tough to determine the best value. Budget is an issue, but I don't want to buy a product that won't last.

What recommendations do you have? Thanks!

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24 Yrs as a remodeler, I hate Pella, consider Andersen the best bang for buck. I have limited experience with the others, but have never had issues with them.

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I second the Andersen choice. I've been putting them in for along time with no issues.
Any units with knock down frames will need to follow the assembly instructions completely. Failure in the frames is always caused by "operator error".
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:30 PM   #4
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anderson are very good. remember quaility cost money. you go cheep you get cheep.

next thing is to prime door all 6 sides! then paint all 6 sides 2 coats. remember doors painted dark colors and have sunlight hitting them creates much heat in summer so use a very top dollar paint.. like sherman williams. top exterior paint.

if you have a glass storm door. it also creates heat with dark color doors from the suns rays hitting the glass.

I have also hung quite a few of the french doors that HD or Lowes sells off the rack and there are good... interior and exterior run about 150 bucks
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They sand behind as well, they reoplaced skylites in my uncles house 6 years after install for design flaw!!
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I like Andersen for two reasons:
  • I have some Andersen windows in my house (no Problems)
  • I met Tommy Silva at a Remodeling Show where he was the spokesman for Andersen and he gave me an Andersen Tool Bag.
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I like Andersen for two reasons:
  • I have some Andersen windows in my house (no Problems)
  • I met Tommy Silva at a Remodeling Show where he was the spokesman for Andersen and he gave me an Andersen Tool Bag.
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so I guess the tool bag was the kicker!!!

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