Any opinions on Mastercraft doors from Menards?

cruzmislMay 2, 2011

Hi All,

Looking to replace my doors with some Mastercraft doors from Menards. Price is good but I'm curious on the quality of them. The closest Menards is 100 miles away so its tough for me to see them for myself.

Any ideas or thoughts truly appreciated.

Thanks,

Joe

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macybaby

my opinion, they are no longer worth the money. I use to like them, but Menards is going back to their roots - lower quality stock. Growing up in MN, we use to joke about how Menards was were the other stores sent their rejects (30 years ago) and now I'm starting to feel that way again.

The last two exterior doors we bought (one 6 years and one 4 years ago) we have now replaced and I am amazed at how much better these new doors are. The one we replaced in December, and we looked over the Mastercraft and they had not improved from when we bought the other ones. We ordered the doors from the local lumber yard, and they came from a small manufacturer out of North Dakota.

The frames are the worst problem - finger jointed boards that are thinner than most (so you need to do more shimming) and they are a pain to get installed right as they won't hold square.

Right now I have two Mastercraft doors on teh shop, they will eventually be replaced (we bought them when we moved in 7 years ago). Have one on the garden shed that will stay - it came off the house and is good enough for the shed (the one we bought 6 years ago). In the last 7 years, I have also bought 9 interior Mastercraft doors, and the last were not the same quality as the first.

I have spent $$,$$$ at Menards over the years, and I will continue to shop there, but I'm very disappointing how their quality has been going steadily down hill, especially in the last five years.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 4:04PM
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cruzmisl

Thanks! I noticed a door Menards has is $2K but the same door (really just the glass insert) from another supplier is $3k. I'll kick myself if I get a new door and it doesn't seal properly.
Thanks,
Joe

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 5:44PM
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Jace-Chicago

I'm a big fan of them. I have twelve of them (purchased in late 2009) installed in my house, with five more on-order for our basement remodel. Once they are stained and have nice quality hardware installed, they look and feel WAY more expensive than they were.

I have the oak mission style. I recently had an architect in to contemplate some work, and he commented that he'd want to budget $1500 to have a custom-made door to match the "historic solid oak doors" in the rest of the house. :)

They are an oak veneer door, but it's pretty hard to tell they aren't solid oak. Their weight is roughly on par with solid oak doors, so they give our house a nice well-built feel. They took stain well and have held-up to the beating our family has doled out. The veneer has nice natural variation, so every door is unique, and you can feel the wood grain. In general, the panels are wider-grained while the rails and styles are tighter grained.

I have only two complaints, and I'm not sure the doors are to blame:
- After the contractor stained them, a couple doors had a some odd quarter-sized sections where the stain was a lot lighter. It was simple enough to spot sand and re-stain.
- Two doors have swollen after installation, requiring me to sand them down a bit to prevent them from sticking. Again, this could have been contractor error.

A couple tips:
- If you custom-order, you need to upgrade the wood type in two places -- once for the door, and a second for the door frame.
- In the month of August (at least in here in Chicago), there is a sale for 11% of all custom-ordered interior doors. In-story only, but you can have them delivered to your house. You can see it in their circular online.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 11:12PM
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