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What to look for in fiberglass doors

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What to look for in fiberglass doors

So during the -40 cold spell, my front door seems to be leaking cold air quite badly. The SO wants to have it replaced. A thermal scan with my SEEK shows that the door bottom and the sidelites go as low as 4C, roughly 17C less than room temperature. There's also ice buildup along the bottom and side of the sidelite.

Which brand of insulated fiberglass doors is good? What feature should I look for? The currently installed door is your basic Masonite steel door with a fan window. You can buy one from anywhere for $275. Our budget is $4000, hopefully including installation. The measures including the trim are around 58"x84".

I know we're going to be insulating for ~5% of the weather conditions but you know what they say about a happy life...
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You have to consider the entire door system, not just the door slab.

If you are going with fiberglass door, consider multi-point lock. Go to a store and you will see the flex of fiberglass door.
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We looked into this 7 or 8 years ago and found that the only really good brand back then was Thermatru and that was going to set us back around $10k stained and installed (wide-ish door with 2 sidelights). Even JeldWen or Masonite systems were going to be ~$8k and weren't going to look as good. And that was before door hardware!

We still have our old double (steel) doors but they got a very nice paint job...
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4k is a good budget for ONE stained and installed door. If you have 2 sidelites and a door 4k won't get you steel. Your budget for that in fibreglass should start at 8k and go as high as 12k depending on options. In steel a good budget is 6k. 2k per panel (sidelite - 2k, door - 2k, sidelite - 2k)
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12k for a door & sidelites seems really high. :) I would like to get rid of the sidelites.
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rf134a wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 7:25 pm
12k for a door & sidelites seems really high. :) I would like to get rid of the sidelites.
What is your house made of? All things are possible, just depends on how much you are willing to spend.

I don’t judge the expense or those that choose to do it, I just know what it can cost. Not my personal cup of tea but I’ve seen it look really good.
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Right now, I have a wooden house... the search for a lot with the proper orientation for a passivhaus is going slow... there's a lot of well-heeled treehuggers here in Oil Country.
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I was quoted around 7K on unpainted primed fiberglass door from one of manufacturers, lets say around Keele/hwy7 area,
2 sidelights included, maybe even 1/3 window, 3 point locking.
Installation wasn't included and I was lazy to do it as well as hiring somebody to add finish. Manufacturer was willing to sell but doesn't deal with installation.
I'm still looking for a good fiberglass door...
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Possum77 wrote:
Jan 9th, 2018 9:45 pm
I was quoted around 7K on unpainted primed fiberglass door from one of manufacturers, lets say around Keele/hwy7 area,
2 sidelights included, maybe even 1/3 window, 3 point locking.
Installation wasn't included and I was lazy to do it as well as hiring somebody to add finish. Manufacturer was willing to sell but doesn't deal with installation.
I'm still looking for a good fiberglass door...
Dorplex. Finishing them to look like wood is a giant PITA btw. They take about 80 man hours.
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On second thought I might not need wood finish.
Is dorplex any good?
I need relaible locking and strong frame (sidelights will be narrow).
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Possum77 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 5:48 pm
On second thought I might not need wood finish.
Is dorplex any good?
I need relaible locking and strong frame (sidelights will be narrow).
If you want reliable locking, go with a multipoint lock. They are about $750-900 but it save you from buying a handle set and lock for $250.

On my tours of Dorplex’s factory they seem to do a good job securing everything together while I was there.
Gbill2004: Thanks but I'll just smell the couch before/if I buy it.

jonnyb: I go in there like PICASSO and toss the glue everywhere, I don't care what house I'm on.

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