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Tomcat
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Metal Doors

My mother in law wants to replace her front wood door with a metal door. Her wood door gets beat up by the sun and didn’t like having to have it painted or stained every few years.

What is the option on on quality metal doors and who are good companies inBaton Rouge?


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re: Metal Doors
you want hollow metal (steel) or aluminum?
for residential aluminum (or aluminum/vinyl) call the usual suspects (Andersen etc) or go look at Home Depot. Those will be door units (frame included) which will require a bit of carpentry skill to install


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Stexas
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re: Metal Doors
Unless you're talking about metal door that's finished as a natural patina like copper or bronze ($$$$$) it'll have to be refinished regularly.


LordSnow
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re: Metal Doors
I have a Black Steel door. we love it.

EDIT : PIC but mine is black. Also, the glass opens up from inside. Convenient to open and talk to someone and not let the dogs out

This post was edited on 12/7 at 3:45 pm


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lsujunky
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re: Metal Doors
My builder talked me out of getting these Iron Works Of Baton Rouge. I could kick his arse now. We went fiberglass stained to look like wood and in two years they a complete garbage. When we replace them in the next year or so I will have these on all three of the exterior entry doors.
This post was edited on 12/7 at 2:00 pm


captainahab
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re: Metal Doors
Before you go with Iron Works of Baton Rouge, get these guys to give you a quote:

Old South Lighting

Their name, Old South "Lighting", leads people to assume they only do lighting. They do doors, railings, gates, fences, etc.


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oldskule
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re: Metal Doors
Look at fiberglass


LordSnow
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You have to stain fiberglass too. While it might not be every year it will still get beat up.


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Grassy1
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re: Metal Doors
Slow down a bit before you stroke a check.

"Iron doors" are really cool looking (and I had a reallly nice one on my last house)

I had a very good friend who sold them for about 10 years, so take this or leave it, and I watched him cringe at phone calls, and heard about his sleepless nights.

Here's some of the issues:

They're all made in Mexico (where the quality is lower but less expensive), or China (where the quality is less lower than Mexico, but still low, and takes longer than projected to get here thanks to month long shipping, plus waiting in line offshore), or USA, where quality is not really better, but more expensive.

Do NOT plan any construction project on a custom iron door being delivered on time!

The biggest challenge seems to be paint and rust. If every inch of the steel isn't treated properly, the paint will bubble and allow water under it, therefore bubbling and flaking off. Evidently neither Chinese nor Mexican labor is dedicated to proper prep work. I've watched my friend sand, bondo, and repaint too many.

The other problem is rust. If the door isn't sealed, water will leak in from any little crevice, and not get out, so it rusts from the inside out.

All that said, when it's cold outside, the door is just as cold inside too, and the same thing with hot, but in reality, if you can afford the door, not really a big thing.

The product is way cool and way sexy. Drive through CCLA and see them all over.

You've been warned.




PaBon
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Watch out as a good number of companies get them from Mexico on the cheap. I agree with previous poster, the prep work is key, and it won’t be good. Most of those guys just spray the crappy prepped metal and it will fail once Job is closed out and everyone’s paid.


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achenator
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re: Metal Doors
quote:

Slow down a bit before you stroke a check.

"Iron doors" are really cool looking (and I had a reallly nice one on my last house)

I had a very good friend who sold them for about 10 years, so take this or leave it, and I watched him cringe at phone calls, and heard about his sleepless nights.

Here's some of the issues:

They're all made in Mexico (where the quality is lower but less expensive), or China (where the quality is less lower than Mexico, but still low, and takes longer than projected to get here thanks to month long shipping, plus waiting in line offshore), or USA, where quality is not really better, but more expensive.

Do NOT plan any construction project on a custom iron door being delivered on time!

The biggest challenge seems to be paint and rust. If every inch of the steel isn't treated properly, the paint will bubble and allow water under it, therefore bubbling and flaking off. Evidently neither Chinese nor Mexican labor is dedicated to proper prep work. I've watched my friend sand, bondo, and repaint too many.

The other problem is rust. If the door isn't sealed, water will leak in from any little crevice, and not get out, so it rusts from the inside out.

All that said, when it's cold outside, the door is just as cold inside too, and the same thing with hot, but in reality, if you can afford the door, not really a big thing.

The product is way cool and way sexy. Drive through CCLA and see them all over.

You've been warned.


yep we had this problem. The overhang/alcove the doors were in was only about 2' deep. water would splash up and set in the grooves of the details on the door and rust them. We'd get 4 years or so and have to get them refinished. at about 12-1500 IIRC. I made sure I put huge porches and overhangs on our new house.


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