Advice on patio and entry door quotes

lil_teeOctober 8, 2011

This is in conjunction with my window quote post, but I thought I'd do them separately to hopefully make things easier. Again, I think any of the installation companies would do a good job, so it seems like it comes down to the doors and prices. Same thing here... Are there any red flags with any of these quotes? Any definite nos? Any clear standouts?

Patio door

  • Sunrise - $2265 (nice door, but I don't think I want to pay that much considering the others seem perfectly good too)

  • Vytex Signature - $1594

  • Alside Excalibur 6100 - $918

  • Alside 6100 - $1175

  • Simonton Prism Platinum - $1516

  • Simonton Generations - $1590

Entry door

Is there any advantage to the steel door over the fiberglass doors?

  • Therma-Tru Smooth-Star Fiberglass 1/2 lite - $1269 (I have no idea why this one is so much more than the other two Therma-Tru doors!)

  • Therma-Tru Smooth-Star Fiberglass 1/2 lite - $769

  • Therma-Tru Smooth-Star Fiberglass 1/2 lite (flush glazed) - $725

  • Pro Via Heritage Fiberglass 1/2 lite - $1383 (I think this only comes in woodgrain though and I want a smooth finish)

  • Pro Via Legacy Steel 1/2 lite - $859

Thanks so much in advance!!

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I doubt all of those are installed prices.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2011 at 11:25PM
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Thanks for responding, skydawggy! I checked all of the quotes and the prices do include installation.
(Although...the two Simonton patio doors and the Pro Via steel door are quotes from the same company. The sales guy misquoted the prices and the owner said he'd honor them. Maybe those were the ones that made you question?)

Any opinion on the doors and deals?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 12:49AM
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Provia is the better door. Are these based on a retro-fit or a full frame tear-out? Does the price include cladding the exterior or replacing the interior molding?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 7:45AM
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The quotes are for a full frame replacement. No on the cladding and yes on replacing the interior molding (which I will paint).

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 10:12AM
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the sunrise is a better patio door by far and thats actually a very good price. vytex is ok, not sure if thats their top of line. simontons are ok as well.
excalibur is complete garbage and i would not even consider that or the others unless you plan on replacing them in a few years which i would be more than happy to do.
the provia is the best option, therma tru make a below grade door in my opinion. there is a reason why some of your pricing is so cheap. i would be suspect about installation as well with that pricing. ive never seen someone do a job for free.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 8:48AM
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Thanks skydawggy and mmarse1!! I'll go with the pro via entry door and weigh my options between the simonton and sunrise patio doors.

thanks so much for your time and input!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 10:09AM
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Hi lil_tee:

Which patio door did you finally choose and how do you like it...? If you don't mind sharing the price that would be great..thanks. I am planning to install patio doors in my house soon.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 8:32PM
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Hi dutseal,

I went with the Simonton Generations for $1590 and am very pleased with the door. It was three years ago, so I'm not sure how accurate that price would be today.

Good luck!!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 8:22AM
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Windows on Washington Ltd


Thanks for the follow up.

Helps drive accuracy on the board and I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 3:22PM
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Thank you for saying so, windowsonwashington! I got so much great help from you guys when I was shopping for windows and doors, so I'm happy to return the favor when I can. :-)

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 3:31PM
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Hi lil_tee:

Thanks for replying. I am pretty sure prices have gone up since then :) however I have been calling a few places and they don't seem to eager to give out quotes...I did it over the telephone though, maybe that's why. I'm in Houston, Texas, btw. Thanks and I'm glad you like your Simonton. I think I am sticking to buying Simonton Hinged Patio doors too.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 12:03PM
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