04:35PM | 03/29/03
Member Since: 03/28/03
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We are about to replace two 8-foot Andersen
sliding doors with french sliding doors. We have never been too fond of the Andersens, but they may have improved over the years. We looked at Marvin, but were blown away by the price. Looked at Pella, Andersen again, and would like to check into Lincoln. Any advice on best quality for a reasonable price?? What's your vote?


02:32PM | 03/30/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
First, if it's a french style door, it is not a sliding door. A French door is a pair of swing doors set in the same jamb. One must assume that you mean a glass door set with one that slides and both having an appearance like the multipaned French doors.

The Marvin is a hundred percent better looking unit for this type of application than the Andersen, tho Andersen is a decent door system. If authnetic appearance is important, you may want to look for true divided lites. Weathershield does a good job of those in windows, but I've never used their doors. Kolbe and Kolbe units come highly recommended by other professionals I respect.

Pella makes poor quality toys that aren't in my list of recomendables.


04:17PM | 03/31/03
Member Since: 03/28/03
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply. I'm sure it was a matter of semantics, because the Marvin brochure I'm looking at refers to the door I described as a "sliding french door." From what I can tell, this type of door has a wider frame than the typical sliding glass door. In any case, I'm sure you know what I am refering to.... we want a "french door look," but since we have an 8ft opening, we can't do swinging french doors.
I'm kind of disappointed that you don't like Pella, as I was kind of heading in that direction. The Marvins are really out of our league financially as they would be over $2000 more than the Pella or Andersen for both doors. I can't seem to be able to find Kolbe or Weathershield distributors in our area. I'm going to visit another Andersen dealer tomorrow who also carries "Semco" and "RSVP." Any thoughts on these?


07:25AM | 04/01/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
77 lifetime posts
French=Freedom. I just installed 2 freedom doors and for the $ I am pretty impressed with the atrium door from Home Depot. They have inside / internal / outside dividers for a true divided light appearence. They are Pine on the inside with aluminum clad on the outside.I installed 2 side by side and they look real good and give a traditional appearance. I believe they also come in a slider that looks like the Freedom door. The cost was less than 1/2 what Anderson would have been. A couple of contractor friends have seen the doors and were pretty impressed with the quality and ease of installation.


02:11AM | 04/02/03
Member Since: 03/28/03
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Thanks, I'll check out the Freedom door, though I've never heard of it.


01:33PM | 04/05/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
For a french style door in an eight foot openning, I would consider placing it with sidelights on either side, depending on how it would look with the architectural styling of the whole house and the wall it becomes married to.

I'm pretty sure you could fit a 5'4" frenchwood with a pair of sidelights in that openning.
Of course that might beat you budget to a pulp!


04:07PM | 05/01/03
Member Since: 04/17/03
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I hope I'm not too late. Stay away from Weathershield. We have 3 sets of Weathershield sliders and have major water problems. They were 9 years into a 10 year warrantee last July when we began contacting Weathershield but just last week they denied any problems with the doors. Not only are the doors a problem but the company did not stand behind their warrantee.
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