09:38AM | 11/23/03
Member Since: 11/22/03
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We bought our house three years ago (built in the 1960s in California. It has a west facing sliding glass door that opens on to an overhanging deck. It has had leakage problems in the past, which caused the prior homeowner to spend $10,000 to repair dry rot under the floor. We have been using silicon sealent to keep the water out with pretty good results. However, the door seems to lack a proper flashing, and in the last storm where wind driven rain blew in from the West we actually had water filling up our door runners, in the house (soaked it up with a towel). We just had a new hardwood floor put in and the prior damage was repaired, so we don't want this to happen again. Any suggestions? A friend suggested replacing the sliding doors with French doors. Another said we should just rip out the whole thing and have it redone. How much would that cost? Thanks.


02:23PM | 11/23/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
You need to have a pro remove the door and install a "door pan" what that does is divert the water back outside where it should be. A tin smith will bend those up for you & the carpenter will install it below the existing threshold.
We are located in CA near the coast as well and always use door pans even on the leeward sides of our homes.

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05:11AM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 11/22/03
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That is what I was thinking as well. Do you have some idea about how much that might cost? It is true that however, put this darn door in, did not use proper flashing. Same with our other bedroom sliding glass door. The door sits almost flush with the deck - well, it has about an inch riser.


10:14AM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Probably around 70 per pan & 500 for the doors. We also use fortiflashing over the fins of our windows & doors here is an install link for you:

You can pick a roll of that up at your local (84) lumber yard & it has a sticky back and when nails permiate it, it seals around the nail... but it needs to be installed properly.

The one inch drop to the deck is a good thing, you don't want any less than that.


02:00PM | 12/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
That's prices for labour. Then add a couple thousand for a good door set.


06:29PM | 12/27/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
That's right Piffin, I was actually at this home last week and suggested the Anderson retrofit when it comes time for replacement which is around 1400 for the french doors. Nice hardware, and you can't get a better door.
Not that the ones installed need that right away..


03:02PM | 01/19/04
Member Since: 01/18/04
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I went through this same ordeal last year. you can get a nice vinyl clad replacement unit for about $800. and when the door is replaced you might want to put the ultimate fix on the problem. DECKSADDLES check them out @
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