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Question DetailsAsked on 8/20/2013

Looking to buy exterior door leading to patio... 32" by 80" Steel/Fiberglass...

Recommedations? Looking at Home Depot and Menards... Should I have them install also?

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I don't know Menards quality or pricing since they aren't here in Texas but we do have HD. Generally having a box store do the work on your home isn't a good idea. It's a topic that has been brought up several times in this forum. The person you speak with in the store is not the one doing the work. Most of them sub-contract to cheap laborers and getting a resolution if there is a problem can be difficult. I've also had many customers tell me of a ton of charges added when the installer gets on site that could have easily been quoted beforehand. I've heard this a lot with carpet installation especially. It's one thing to find rot in the walls or some other hidden gem that needs to be repaired but a whole other to charge because the trim needs to be cut or something stupid like that.

My advice is to find a good local contractor to buy and install the door. Then if there is a problem you have a definitive name to take up the complaint with. As always, research your contractor before you hire him/her. A good contractor can also advise you on the best door for your application. Is the door under a cover? If not it needs to be an inswing. An outswing door has the weatherstripping on the inside of the frame which traps moisture if directly rained on. Sun exposure? Low-E glass may be a good idea if so. Don't pay for options you don't need but get the ones you do. All have their benefits but only if they are needed. Steel is good for harsher applications but Fiberglass is more durable as long as it isn't getting weatherbeaten.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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