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Looking for “pretty good” doors

harrison55 | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

I am planning a “pretty good” house for Virginia. It will have R-25 or better walls with, good air tightness and Marvin Integrity casement windows.

Can anyone suggest “pretty good” doors to go in this house? I have one entry door, two 6’0 X 6’8 hinged patio doors, and one 6’0 X 6’8 slider (ugh!) . Marvin’s patio doors look OK, but their slider has a single point latch. And the entry door is a big question mark.

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    First of all, your post is confusing. I assume that this house is at the design stage, since you tell us that you are "planning" a house. So why are you including a design element that makes you write "ugh"?

    Step one: If you don't like sliding doors, don't design a house with sliding doors. Or is this a spousal decision?

    Step two: You should read the GBA article titled "All About Doors."

  2. harrison55 | | #2

    Thanks, Martin. Your article was exactly what I needed. And it turns out that Marvin does make a lift-and-slide slider.

    The reason for the slider, BTW, is to allow for a "normally open" door to a screened porch in a situation with very little space for the doorswing.

  3. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #3

    I'm glad to hear that the article answered your questions!

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