I need to replace three ancient aluminum sliding patio doors. I think they
were never installed propoerly (about 40 years ago) and two are leaking.
I would "like" to put in quality wood french doors with divided lights, but
can't afford it right now (I'm doing a big remodel on an old house I just
bought and there are too amny other things to spend money on right now).
I am thinking about buying some "composite" sliding patio doors from Home
Depot. Brand is called "Master Piece." Here is a link:
They are only around $450 for a 6' by 8' including handle, lock and floor
bolt. These things look a lot better than anything comparably prices (when
they are in the store). They have a solid, chunky feel to them like wood,
doors glide easily in their tracks, hardware looks good etc.
Has anyone bought these? How do they perform over time? Does the outside
surface hold up to the elements? Has anyone painted the inside? If so, did
the paint stick or peel off? Do they leak? Does the sealed glass unit stay
sealed? Any other problems?
I'm not really sure what is menat by "composite" in this context. The
slaesman said it was "like" fiverglass, but couldn't offer any more
information other than they ahve been selling a lot of them. The outside
looks like vinyl, while the inside looks sort of plastic, but not as glossy
as final, with a wood grain and feels a little like the sawdust, resin
mixtures they use for decking. Overall, not a bad look and more liek wood
than either "traditional vinyl" or steel.
Please spare me the posts telling me that I have to bite the bullet and spend
a lot more money - its just not in the cards right now.
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