Exterior French Door brand Jeldwen, Pella, Anderson, other?
I apologize this is so long, but please help me anyway. We are at the end of a nearly completed screened porch addition, which includes replacing 2 doors. Please help me decide what brand doors to buy. The factors I want to balance are cost and smooth operation, quality look and feel and not-so-beefy look. I must have a fairly smooth threshold for the French door so that wheelchairs can be rolled over easily. Some are SO high.
First, I need an out-swing French door, wood on both sides, 3-point locking, no mullions. Would be great if it could be keyed to Schlage locks.
Second, I need a sliding door with a screen that works well. My opening is not standard. Both doors are 80 inches wide (brick to brick) and 83 5/8 inches high. I have been told that a 75-inch width door is right.
The 2 doors are near each other but never seen at the same time. I like the maximum glass/minimum frame in doors, however, I accept that with a French door I am going to have a beefy frame. But should I match the sliding door frame or go with a more slimline contemporary look? Our house is a brick Cape Cod built in 1984. I have used modernized-traditional when possible, i.e., brushed stainless hardware.
Here are the prices and brands I have researched locally:
FRENCH OUTSWING DOOR
Home Depot; JeldWen; $2015 ; love the low-profile will available, sadly does not key to Schlage locks But does it fit the other criteria? 75 1/2 wide x 80 1/2 (This is not a custom size, so that saves a lot of money; but will it fit?)
Home Depot; Anderson 200 and 400 do not make one that is wide enough
Lowes: Pella Proline, custom width of 75", can be keyed to my current locks Schlage, cannot get confirmation of a low-profile sill, very beefy $2760
Independent Window & Door store; Anderson Pinnacle Series; alum clad (don't need it)$1681
Question: Do I need something other than "standard hinges?"
hd jELDWIN - not available
HD aNDERSON 200 series 74W x 82H; screen slides at top and bottom (? good?) $$1600
HD Anderson 400 series 74W x 82H; ?more fasionable? or too bulky?; screen slides at top and bottom $1970
lOWES pELLA French Sliding;, clad outside, screens works wonderfully; Custom 75" W $2913 (stocky in middle)
LOWES Peachtree ; custom 75" wide; $2798
iNDEPENDENT aNDERSON Pinnacle Series; clad outside; The estimate only lists base price 60610, does not tell size, it does note "180 brickmould-applied"; $1500
What do you now about these brands? What is the deal about applied brick molding?
But, I have heard bad things about HD's and Lowes' installation and not-so-good workmanship. My contractor could put them in but who takes the responsibility if the door doesn't function properly?
Can Anderson doors be keyed to Schlage locks? Does this have to be done at the factory?
What is the difference between brick to brick; rough opening and "FS"?
As you can see, I suffer from analysis-to-a-fault. But I hate to think of spending $5000 on doors and living with a mess for several years.
Thank you so much for any opinions and information.