| I know I can paint it. I just want a new one. The idiots that owned this
| house did all sorts of wrong things, including starting to drill a hole
| (perhaps for a peep hole) in this door.
I guess that's the biggest problem with steel doors.
They seal well, and they look OK when painted, but
they can't be worked. If you had a wood door already
then you wouldn't need a new one. You could just
patch the holes.
| I also don't want a wood door. I just don't think they're as widely
| available as they once were. This person laughed when I said Lowes
| carry them. She didn't believe me.
You don't want a wood door but were just curious
whether you could get them? :) Lowes and HD can
order wood doors, just like normal lumber yards. They
have catalogs. (I was looking into bifolds recently and
found they had catalogs for some very expensive options.)
They just can't fit all that stuff on the
floor. They also don't generally market to high-end
or architects. The high-end fashion tends to be things
like solid mahogany doors or high quality painted wood
doors. The working class fashion tends to be things like
fiberglas doors with fake "exotic wood" grain and over-the
-top junky etched glass panels. The average DIY, landlord,
or low-end contractor who wants to replace a front door
is likely to want one of those gaudy numbers with the
etched-and-beveled glass sidelights and fake wood grain,
so that's what's in stock.
(I always find that kind of intriguing: The poor
always want to buy gaudy, gold-encrusted tokens of
royalty, while the rich try to show off by buying subtlety
and official "authenticity" from "exclusive" dealers. Working
class people buy crappy particle board dressers with
garish gold pulls, yuppies buy the same thing but with
"rosewood" veneer that's actually plastic laminate, and
no pulls. While the *real* sophisticates -- the Deconstructionist
architects -- want polyurethaned MDF because it's
"honest". They want to show off that they've conceptually
transcended fashion. :)