Forum Title: Patio door options?
Hello all, I am considering replacing/upgrading my patio door. Currently, I have a standard swing-type entry door. I'd like to get some more light into the kitchen and am considering either a slider or french doors. However, the available opening is only 5' wide. If I were to use a slider, the actual available opening for ingress/egress would be less than 30, which seems a little tight. However, if I use french doors, I'm concerned that I wouldn't be able to use screen doors too. (to leave the french doors open during the day for air). Next, is low-E glass worth it? Finally, any opinions on Jeld-Wen doors? I'm also considering a local manufactuer, Mercury Excellum, I used them for casement windows in the basement and I was pretty happy. I think they make the Therma-Tru doors. Mercury Excelum Thanks
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: DARRYL HALE (Flagstaff, AZ), 01/26/2019

Well, I've never had direct experience with those product, but it doesn't sound real great. If you have the bubble skylites mounted on curbs, the best fix is to just replace them with with a Velux with LoE glass. Did mine when I moved here and the difference is just amazing. More light than the old fogged bubbles and a huge reduction in heat gain. Normally its 8 screws and a 15 min job. The replacements really aren't that expensive for normal sizes.

- GARY M (Fresno, CA), 02/09/2019

Thanks for the reply. The sheetrock and header I'm not worried about, I'm not thrilled about dealing with the exterior vinyl siding and trim. Looks like the Therma-Tru inswing with low-E and screens will run about $1500. Just the doors, without Low-E, are $880.

- BEATRICE HOLLAND (Somerville, MA), 02/04/2019

Wow...I just did a basic Smooth Star door with some of the things I mentioned and it came out to $2600 list price. They want almost $600 just for the multipoint lock and it looks like you still have top and bottom throwbolts on the passive door. I can't tell exactly, but it looks like they use standard weatherstripping like most entry doors. Personally, if that pricing is accurate, I'd look at Andersen instead.

- DON AUSTIN (Montebello, CA), 02/27/2019

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