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Old 03-18-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a new storm for my front door of my house. Does anyone have any suggestions on brands, things to look for etc.? I see the supposed "best" at Home Deopt and Lowes is Andersen and Pella. Anyone have experience with these doors or other brnads to consider? Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:26 PM   #2
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I am thrilled with my new Larson storm door from Lowes. The construction is great. I love the foot-operated lower closer, the cover strips for the screw holes on the rails, and the handle hardware.

While I did have a little difficulty with the installation because of inexperience, the instructions are very clear.

I think I paid something like $250-$300 for it. As this is the first one I have ever bought and installed, I don't know how it compares to other brands, but I feel it's worth every penny.

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I almost always use Larson’s, mainly because there always in stock at my local lumber yard.

I’ve never had a problem with a Larson, even with their lower end stuff.
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+1 on Larson.
Installed a good many of them, never a complaint.
The BB store versions may not be the same quality any more though, many companies lower quality to sell quantity to them. I hope Larson did not allow that.

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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I had a Larson storm door installed by Lowe's last November. I'm very happy with it.

What's even better is that someone from corporate marked them down $130 less than they should have been. My son-in-law called me from Lowe's and told me to get over there right away if I still planned on buying one.

Mine is just like Jay 78's door, except that it has an upper and lower glass with a screen that rolls up. I think it's called Tradewinds Full-view.

IMO the full glass door like Jay has looks nicer, but I needed to have a screen on it for ventilation.
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ProVia makes an excellent storm, but they are a little pricey. The Larsons, Anderson's etc will still do a nice job, as long as you dont buy the $99 special.
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I went looking for a storm door at Lowe's today and found a Larson I liked. It looks just like the one in the picture above. Before purchasing it I asked how easy it was to install. The clerk behind the counter started throwing out terms I had never heard of then told me I was best off buying the $97 installation. Now I am not experienced but I am not here to pay for installation, I am here to do it myself. So, what do I need to install this door myself? I have a similar door already in place but it is old and I want to replace it. How difficult will the install be for someone who has never done one?
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They're pretty basic, and should come with instructions as well.

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Installing a storm door is an easy DIY project if you own some basic tools.

Here’s a Larson Installation Video. Hope it helps.

http://www.larsondoors.com/storm_doo..._instructions/
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Pay the $100-- Lots of holes to drill---including the 3/4 inch lock hole--

Installing it is not brain surgery,however,I think having it installed is not a bad idea.

I've been called in several times to bail out a frustrated home owner who gave up on the storm door.

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I went looking for a storm door at Lowe's today and found a Larson I liked. It looks just like the one in the picture above. Before purchasing it I asked how easy it was to install. The clerk behind the counter started throwing out terms I had never heard of then told me I was best off buying the $97 installation. Now I am not experienced but I am not here to pay for installation, I am here to do it myself. So, what do I need to install this door myself? I have a similar door already in place but it is old and I want to replace it. How difficult will the install be for someone who has never done one?
However handy you are, I'm willing to bet I'm less handy. With that said, I don't think it's difficult at all, and if I can do it, I honestly think anyone can.

As I said earlier, I ran into a little speed bump during the installation, but the solution was simple - I just needed to shim one side a bit to get it to hang properly. Had I known that in advance, I could have done the complete installation in less than 2 hours. This is coming from a guy who has never even thought about installing a door before and with about zero DIY experience.

I would imagine that the easy to understand instructions included with my particular Larson applies to all Larson storm doors. Also, I learned a lot simply by taking the old door down.
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I went looking for a storm door at Lowe's today and found a Larson I liked. It looks just like the one in the picture above. Before purchasing it I asked how easy it was to install. The clerk behind the counter started throwing out terms I had never heard of then told me I was best off buying the $97 installation. Now I am not experienced but I am not here to pay for installation, I am here to do it myself. So, what do I need to install this door myself? I have a similar door already in place but it is old and I want to replace it. How difficult will the install be for someone who has never done one?
Items needed: instruction manual, basic tools, mechanical inclination, and access to diychatroom if you get stuck.... It really depends on what you value more. If it is your time, then spend the $100 bucks to save you a few hrs of work. If you place a high value on the satisfaction of doing things yourself, then go that route.
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I am going to do it. I am trying to learn as much as I can about anything "handy" . I'll let you know how it goes. Pictures and report to follow. Maybe next weekend.
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I am going to do it. I am trying to learn as much as I can about anything "handy" . I'll let you know how it goes. Pictures and report to follow. Maybe next weekend.
Good or you, lots of help here encase you get stuck.
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I bought a Pella storm door form Lowes. It looks like the picture early in this thread. No complaints, looks and works great, easy to install. The salesman at Lowes told me that Pella and Larson are owned by the same company now.
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