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Old 09-20-2018, 04:39 PM
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Any brands/retailers I need to be looking at beside what's available at the big box hardware stores. I'm also curious about any educated opinions on steel vs fiberglass. I'm looking to replace out basic wooden storm door (with no side panel windows) with something more energy efficient and slightly more decorative.

I was looking a steel door with 4 raised panels and a half moon window with basic window glass for $209 but my wife wanted something slightly fancier. I found a steel door with a more decorative window for $150 more ($351) but the guy at Lowe's recommended fiberglass because of better durability and insulation for $230 more ($587) - jacking up the cost of the project from $500 to $1000 and making my wife balk.

This is one of those "can't win"situations and we *need* a new front door before the weather gets cold. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Sounds like that guy at Lowes is full of crap. I mean, he's just doing his job and trying to upsell you but I'd get the steel door if I were you
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:22 PM
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I'm inclined to agree. I would likely go elsewhere for installation services as well. Even with the decorative glass steel was a better option. My only concern was with Justin potentially denting it.
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if you have an 84 Lumber nearby, they might be worth checking out (I think they have stores in PA). We bought some nice exterior doors there a few years back.
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Thx Don. I will. 84 Lumber is actually based nearby. The HQ is located about 15 minutes south of here - in Eighty-Four, PA.
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Steel door, definitely. Fiberglass won't dent, it breaks. A little bondo will fix a dent. The decorative leaded glass of the door is usually sandwiched between two other sheets of glass.
I agree that the sales guy was full of crap. I replaced our wooden, west-facing door, in Oklahoma with a steel-clad door with a half oval decorative glass window. Night and day difference. Virtually little to no heat during the summer and no cold during the winter. A much tighter seal, too.
You could cook on that wooden door during a summer afternoon.
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Old 09-21-2018, 03:07 PM
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Cool, TwoCubs. That's exactly what I was hoping to hear. Was it a prehung door and did you DIY? I've watched videos on YouTube and it didn't look that hard to do solo. Just lots of measuring and shimming.
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