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sliding patio doors- switch from aluminum to vinyl?

Posted by jkpita (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 18, 12 at 21:24

We have 20 yr+ sliding doors to replace in our FR. They are aluminum clad in a bronze color ( Semco). Since the rest of our windows are also in this bronze aluminum cladding, how different would a vinyl-clad door look from the rest of the windows? The bronze color has faded a bit and the replacement doors are west-facing-no trees or sun protection. I've made list of door mfrs to check out, but most seem to be vinyl-clad ( sunrise, okna, gorell)

Will vinyl-clad hold its color over time? Are there any quality door mfrs. who clad in aluminum?

I will not use Semco again or Pella, FYI.

Thank you!

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RE: sliding patio doors- switch from aluminum to vinyl?

most high quality vinyl brands will actully out shine a wood patio door. however, it needs to be a high quality vinyl, if its not, it will warp and leak air like its going out of style. okna make a great patio door as does sunrise and soft lite.
stay away from any vinyl products from home depot or lowes.

RE: sliding patio doors- switch from aluminum to vinyl?

Yes a good quality vinyl clad will hold its color, but the brands you listed are not vinyl clad they are all vinyl (which also will hold it's color perfectly fine). Marvin, or Kolbe in an aluminum clad door would be my recommendations if that is the way you decide to go.

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