One of the biggest thieves when it comes to swiping heat out of my house is
my 30 year old Pella patio doors. Top of the line in their time, even the
cheesy vinyl doors at the local Home Depot have better insulating qualities
than these do. With natural gas goin' for $8.50+/MCF this winter, I'm
looking for some replacements (Oh yeah, and add to that Pella's goofy door
arrangement, where the sliding door is on the *outside*
, and I'm REALLY
looking to get rid of 'em).
Trouble is, I have no idea where to start or how to even compare features on
these doors. Aside from superior insulating qualities, all I'm really
interested in is having a wooden frame that'll allow me to stain as I choose
(oh yeah, and I want the sliding door on the INSIDE this time...sorry
Anyway, I'm leaning toward Andersen, for no other reason than name
recognition, good warranty and having the type of door (wooden) that I'm
looking for. I'm getting installed prices in the $12-1400 range here in the
Cleveland OH area for a standard 6 ft. width. Decent price for this type of
Seems most doors these days are dual-pane with some inert gas in between for
insulation...most of the differences seem to be in the framing material. Are
there any specific specs or features I should be looking for?
Any help, tips or personal experiences are appreciated.