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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2011

Patio Doors - Why am I quoted a LOT more than what the List shows?

I contacted the top four or five door contractors on Angie's List. Those who showed up gave me a quote 2 times higher than the 'three windows and two doors at $6,000' I saw quoted on the list by the very same contractors. And I only have one patio door to install! Is it the size of the door that makes this so much more expensive? I don't have a standard opening, but it fits most standard sizes I saw on countless spec sheets so what's the problem?

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    I saw your post and just thought I would email you back. I work for JELD-WEN and figured I might be of assistance. As far as what type of door you can use, it is not that relevant. Our steel patio doors have a polystyrene core that would keep the heat/cold from passing through the door. With a LoE glass, it should insulate fairly well. The downfall to steel is rain and moisture exposure as it can rust over time if not painted and maintained. JELD-WEN steel doors are galvanized and have a rust preventative paint applied so rust is inhibited as much as possible. The step up from steel is fiberglass, which has the same polystyrene core so it insulates about the same. Then the top of the line is an Aluminum Clad Wood Patio door. It IS the most expensive option, but is also the most energy efficient and versatile. They sell them Special Order at all Home Depot's in the US. If you chose to go with aluminum cladding, you have 9 colors of cladding available to you. You also have the option to go with a primed wood exterior or a natural wood "stain grade" exterior. The French View door is the best product due to many features. As a double door, it has a 5 point locking mechanism when you order the supplied mortise hardware (available in 7 colors). It also has matching color adjustable hinges to help adjust the panels over time if they sag, if the opening sifts, or if the install isn't perfectly square. You can get these doors with natural interior or primed ready for painting. All the wood in these doors are treated with Auralast to prevent water absorbtion, wood decay, and termite infestation and the entire product is covered by a 20 year transferrable warranty (twice that of Andersen, Pella, and just about all other manufacturers of like products). These doors are also available with LoE-366 glass from Cardinal. This is a new technology glass that blocks 95% of harmful UV rays and lowers the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient by nearly 33%. These doors are definitely more expensive compared to a steel patio door, but well worth the investment.

    If you are interested in discussing JELD-WEN product more in depth, I would be happy to provide you the contact information of our local Sales Representative who can provide you more information, show you samples, and even put you in contact with a certified JELD-WEN independent installer if you do not want to use Home Depot's installation services. I Just need to know the city and state you are in and I would be happy to provide you with that information. Best of luck in your search for the "perfect" door and I hope JELD-WEN can provide you with the right product that is "Reliability for Real Life".

    Answered 9 years ago by thetraveler77


    Thanks Traveler

    I am leaning to a Jeld-Wen door, the Premium French View inswing patio door with venting sidelights. It's elegant and has the venting sidelights that I think would work very well with my needs (I have a dog that loves to sniff the outdoors and accommodating him and my husband who frets about an open door could be the solution). It also has the aluminum clad outside and the wood inside. A combination I prefer and my research and your reply seem to bear out.

    But my issue is with the cost. I do not have an estimate from the Jeld-Wen contractor (Hodges) yet but I just cannot accommodate $10,000 for a single patio door and a box window, which is what we're hoping to do.

    So, your reply tells me my issue about the expense has more to do with hiring a door contractor and I would be better off price wise with purchasing the door directly from a distributor and having the deck people install it (they included $1,000 to install the door, a reasonable cost)?

    Answered 9 years ago by beagle


    To Traveler 77:

    I live in Herndon, Virginia 20170. Home Depot is near as is Lowes.

    Dimensions are approximately 37 X 80

    Answered 9 years ago by beagle

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