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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2014

What are reliable brands for fiberglass patio doors that won't break the bank? Is Jeld-Wen reliable for fiberglass?

We are looking to replace our patio door with a fiberglass french door with a budget of around $2,000 before labor. All contractors seem to recommend ProVia but we just do not have the money for that. Home Depot has a Jeld-Wen fiberglass patio door in our price range but we have heard mixed things about the brand. Can someone recommend several brands that make reliable fiberglass doors but that don't cost more than $2,000?

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Is there a specific reason why you are choosing fiberglass for your patio door? There are some wonderful sliding patio doors made of PVC that are extremely weather resistant, durable and energy efficient. Our company sells both Steel and Fiberglass entry doors. But if someone is looking for a patio door (normally a sliding door) we would always suggest PVC for all of the reasons above. Great Lakes Window a Plygem Company makes a wonderful patio door and it comes in a variety of colors, and glass options.

Answered 6 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader


I am not a fan of sliding doors because based on my experience, they just naturally wear down more quickly than french doors, even well-made ones. I love fiberglass because it doesn't wear, rot, rust, etc. Also, that link you provided only has information on windows, plus that is not a brand that is available at the big box hardware stores.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9705310


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The link was to the general site. The link above is to the correct page.I have had patio doors from this company installed over 10 years and our customers love them.

You are correct, that most often this company's products are not available at big box stores.

One of the problems with many of the products offered at the box stores is that a well known manufacturer will offer one of there lower grade products, but will still use their name to sell it. This is rather misleading to the end user. They believe that because the name is there that it will have the quality to match. Often times they are not even manufactured in the same plants.

When you initially said patio door, that was why I was directing you to the sliding I missed the reference to "French ". My apology.

Answered 6 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader


Note that for french doors in general, and interior-opening ones in particular, there is a truism in the business that it is not a question of "if" they will leak, but "how soon" if they are exposed to ANY blowing rain. Therefore, if you do not have it already, include in your scope of work at least a 3 foot and preferably 4-5 foot overhang proch roof or awning.

The other statement about box store doors and windows is very true- to be price competitive those companies tell manufacturers they want low-end products, so you get what you pay for. Those brands also tend not to have the best water drainage provisions, so it is very common for them to have water leakage problems under the doors and into the wall.

Be sure you sit down with the contractor and look at the sill pieces, and have him explain where the water goes after it hits the sill or doors - because commonly wnven they do not realize how the water drains, and either cut the sill to length opening up the drainage channels, caulk up the outlet weep holes thinking they could let water in, or do not provide proper flashing under the front edge so the weep water drips right down into wall or subfloor.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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