storm doors; pella vs. larson?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by z, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. z

    z Guest

    OK, in this corner, going for $190: Larson Oxford storm door; wood
    core, "dura tech" surface, brass expander (i.e. sweep, I assume),
    "heavy duty" weatherstripping; also retractable screen and lock, but I
    don't care about those.
    And in the other corner, going for $196: Pella Olympia storm door, "1
    inch thick solid core", concealed screws, "heavy duty" hinges, brass
    sweep, 2 closers, "lifetime storm door protection plan", and or course
    retractable screen and lock with lifetime finish guarantee.

    So, which one would you buy?

    If it makes a difference, I'm gonna make a stab at installing it
    myself, since how hard can it be? I've posted the story of the last
    time when I had the Sears crew install a storm door, and they sawed up
    pieces of the door molding to shim out the oart of the latch that is
    on the frame, to make up for the fact that they installed the handle
    about an inch inboard of where it should go on the door, so I figure I
    can do that well myself. So with sadness I note that the Pella is not
    one of theirs with "express install" that "cuts installation time in
    half".
     
    z, Jul 21, 2007
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  2. z

    Joe Guest

    On Jul 20, 6:53 pm, z <> wrote:
    > OK, in this corner, going for $190: Larson Oxford storm door; wood
    > core, "dura tech" surface, brass expander (i.e. sweep, I assume),
    > "heavy duty" weatherstripping; also retractable screen and lock, but I
    > don't care about those.
    > And in the other corner, going for $196: Pella Olympia storm door, "1
    > inch thick solid core", concealed screws, "heavy duty" hinges, brass
    > sweep, 2 closers, "lifetime storm door protection plan", and or course
    > retractable screen and lock with lifetime finish guarantee.
    >
    > So, which one would you buy?
    >
    > If it makes a difference, I'm gonna make a stab at installing it
    > myself, since how hard can it be? I've posted the story of the last
    > time when I had the Sears crew install a storm door, and they sawed up
    > pieces of the door molding to shim out the oart of the latch that is
    > on the frame, to make up for the fact that they installed the handle
    > about an inch inboard of where it should go on the door, so I figure I
    > can do that well myself. So with sadness I note that the Pella is not
    > one of theirs with "express install" that "cuts installation time in
    > half".


    Both are quality doors, but I can only comment on Larson based on
    experience. Over the years I have installed, made minor repairs and
    fixed screens on many Larson doors. Even now, I have another one
    waiting installation. Getting them installed and functional is a
    breeze. Definitely within the competence scope of any DIYer, just read
    the directions slowly and carefully before you start.
    If you like the looks of the Pella better, buy it. Installations
    likely aren't all that different. FWIW, I have used Pella windows
    before (and probably will again) as their quality is top notch and
    their doors are probably on a par with Larson. Good luck.

    Joe
     
    Joe, Jul 21, 2007
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  3. "z" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > OK, in this corner, going for $190: Larson Oxford storm door;


    > And in the other corner, going for $196: Pella Olympia storm door, "1
    > inch thick solid core",


    > So, which one would you buy?


    The one that looked the best to me.

    >
    > If it makes a difference, I'm gonna make a stab at installing it
    > myself, since how hard can it be? I've posted the story of the last
    > time when I had the Sears crew install a storm door, and they sawed up
    > pieces of the door molding to shim out the oart of the latch that is
    > on the frame, to make up for the fact that they installed the handle
    > about an inch inboard of where it should go on the door, so I figure I
    > can do that well myself. So with sadness I note that the Pella is not
    > one of theirs with "express install" that "cuts installation time in
    > half".


    I've probably hung over 100 doors. Some are easier than others, but if you
    read the instructions, use care in measuring, you can do it. Take your
    time, especially before cutting anything.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Jul 21, 2007
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