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Hi Tim, We bought a new place in Huntsville, TX. There is a 12 ft slider in the master bedroom, single pane, aluminum. We want to replace it. Each "panel" is now 4 ft so the slider is 4 feet, too.

I am thinking of making the sliding glass door part 6 feet with a 3 feet fixed on each side. I figure a 6 feet slider is less "custom" and will cost less money. This window is on the east side on the house but faces an interior courtyard.

Can you recommend a good quality window? The house was built in 1976 and this is the original windows. We have installed Pella, Anderson, and Milgard in other houses. Pella & Anderson in upscale neighborhoods where replacement window quality is important. Do not need that high end this time. I felt Milgard was very good, would love to buy a locally made product and think Milgard was from Sacramento, California.

Thanks for your help,

Lynn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lynn, you are going to get some big swings in the cost of these doors, depending on whether they are custom or stock sizes. I know that Milgard has a factory in Texas and they make a specialty line specifically for the hot Texas climate -- so in a sense you would be buying locally. I think the other route I would recommend is Don Young, who has several Texas-based factories. I'm not sure how many options they offer in patio sliders, but they would definitely be worth a look.

Finally, I like the Andersen vinyl patio doors that you can get through Home Depot. They are well made and not THAT expensive. Plus, you can get a quick bid for the set up without too much effort.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Sliding Door Options

Hi Tim,

Your advice helped me in the past, and I'm hoping you can steer me in the right direction again. I need 2 sliding Glass Doors for a rental unit (doors are side by side). I want something better than budget or builders grade, but I don't want to pay $1000 a door plus installation. I'm willing to spend around $600 to $700 including screen if I need to. I live in Central NJ, and would like your thoughts.

I'm looking at a Master Piece composite door at home depot which is $568 plus the screen and also a Stanley vinyl door (Model# 600008) which is $569 with screen ... any thoughts on those doors? Also, could you give me some idea of what an install should cost. Home Depot wants $1000 a door, which seems like a lot.

btw... doors are 72x80

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tom, I haven't heard of either of those doors — sorry. I would ask the guys at HD which door they would buy if it were their house and see what they say.

In terms of installation, it's gonna be all over the board. I would use craigslist or angles list and find a few people who install doors for a living and have them come out and give you a bid. When they're out, ask them what doors they like and use. They might be able to suggest a better door than what HD carries.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside vs Sunrise Patio Doors

Hi, I am in the process of gathering quotes to replace an 8' sliding door. The quotes I have received vary from $4,500 - $1,500 and the brands vary from Anderson to Slocomb. I have narrowed it down to three choices...i think.

Alside - 6100 series or Promenade (6400 series)

Sunrise

Acadia Patio Doors

I'm not familiar with any of the brands. We just want a door that is going to last and won't cost us a fortune like Anderson. We just want an overall good value. Our house is 20 years old, I'm the 2nd owner and we plan on staying in the property for 5 more years then turning it into a rental property. Overall we just want piece of mind that it's not going to break and fall apart since it's such a large door.

The Alside pricing is very appealing but I have some concerns... The salesman pushed us towards the 6100 series because it has a white pine wood mainframe. We have a brick home and in my opinion I feel like wood= root. The 6400 or Promenade series door is all vinyl. Are you familiar with these doors? Thanks.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, I agree with you that you should stay away from wood, unless you HAVE TO HAVE wood for whatever reason. If you paint it, you will be hard pressed to really notice the difference anyway unless you are six inches from the surface.

I have to be honest, I know nothing about Arcadia, but I do intend to find out in the near future.

Even knowing nothing about Arcadia Windows and Doors, my pick would still be Sunrise, which makes much better windows and patio doors than Alside. Alside is known more as a builder quality company, while Sunrise has a reputation for quality workmanship and parts. Pay the extra money for the sunrise and I will bet that 10 years down the road, you will be glad that you did!

BTW, if you do have any additional info on Arcadia, please send it over so I can share it with other consumers. Thanks!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Replacement Sliding Patio Doors

Loved your website, great service for the consumer.

I reside in Connecticut, and need to replace a set of 6 ft. patio sliders. I replaced all my Windows with Pella, but did not like their slider design, so I'm searching again. Just beginning, but we have two quotes so far. One it's for a United vinyl series 4500 for $800, and the other for Andersen 200 for about double that. That's just the doors, no labor.

Since we live in a condo, we have a few restrictions re color and style, but it seems that most companies have something that we can use. We live in a center unit, and we'd like to keep as much glass area as possible. Our current unit is aluminum, and has a relatively narrow frame, so any item we choose will result in some glass loss I'm sure. However we don't want aluminum again.

Do you have any opinions regarding whet our best choices might lie, and do we need to specify replacement products, or will new conduction models work as well? We have standard frame construction. Looking forward to your reply

Dick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Dick, I think you can do better than the United, but you will probably have to pay more. The Andersen 200 is a decent option, but do you really want or need to go with a wood patio door? Wood is very nice to look at, but it also has a number of disadvantages such as cost and maintenance (I find lots of consumers use an interior color or finish that hides the wood grain anyway). I believe Sunrise and Okna vinyl windows are offered in your state (I'm not quite what part of the state you live in). I would get bids from local companies that sell these brands and see how the prices compare to the Andersen 200 bid.

The Sunrise and Okna Doors will provide better performance and durability than either of your current selections. I'm not sure how they will compare in terms of the frame narrowness, I think you'll have to just see when they come out. There is usually a trade off between frame thickness and performance. Both of the selections I suggested are considered top brands that offer excellent windows and patio doors.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT Patio Doors And Windows

I installed single pane aluminum pgt 5 x 3 casement windows, single hung windows, and french doors in my house in 2002. They are still wonderful. Now I need to install an additional single pane aluminum cabana door and a 32" x 80" fd101 french door to match what i already have. I've been told new pgt doors are not the same quality as my 2002 doors.

1. What do you think, are they the same quality?

2. The cabana door would replace the garage side entry door that receives a lot of abuse, especially at the bottom kick plate when either my dogs scratch to come in or i push to open with my foot when carrying loads. i understand cabana doors are not made as sturdy as the french doors. Do you think i would be better off with an fd 101 there as well or is the cabana door sturdy enough?

Thanks for your much needed opinion.

Charlie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Charlie, good to hear that your PGT windows and doors are holding up so well after 14 years! I haven't heard that the quality of PGT windows or patio doors have gone down over time. I tend to think that as PGT has become more popular, they get more scrutiny from consumers and homeowners and this brings about more negative reviews (due to greater consumer use and not necessarily a greater percentage of disgruntled customers). I could certainly be wrong about this, but you're the first I've heard this from. If it were me, I'd probably stick with the PGT for the overall continuity of look for the home (assuming that the door design hasn't changed too much, you should definitely find out). I would also grill the PGT rep over the quality issue and maybe solicit one or two unbiased opinions from places around you that carry the product.

In terms of the Cabana vs the French Door, I think it would depend on the amount of abuse it's getting. The Cabana Door is going to be less expensive and will fit in the existing opening so I would say go with this. Putting in a French Door would mean reconfiguring the opening (I would guess) and this is going to significantly add to the cost. The French Door is going to get just as much wear and tear in the section where animals are scratching, right? My one concern about the Cabana Door would be damage to the lower glass plates if the dogs jumped up and continually banged against it, the glass plates are definitely not going to be as sturdy as a non movable pane of glass.

I'd suggest getting a few contractors or companies out to see what their suggestions are for the side door. I hate to see you spend a bunch of money and the door looks horrible a year later.

Let me know what the local experts say - I'd be interested to know if there are any remedies available that I'm not thinking of.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


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