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Old 03-04-2012, 07:01 AM
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I have a sliding glass door that opens out to my patio. Its a cheap builders special that has become worn out and jumps off the track frequently. I would like to replace it with a set of french doors or possibly a high quality slider.

Before I start calling around for estimates can anyone tell me around how much this should cost to have the slider removed and a high quality door installed? Also, any questions in particular I should ask when calling around for estimates? Just looking to educate myself before getting this project underway. Thanks.
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I have a sliding glass door that opens out to my patio. Its a cheap builders special that has become worn out and jumps off the track frequently. I would like to replace it with a set of french doors or possibly a high quality slider.

Before I start calling around for estimates can anyone tell me around how much this should cost to have the slider removed and a high quality door installed? Also, any questions in particular I should ask when calling around for estimates? Just looking to educate myself before getting this project underway. Thanks.
You'll need a permit, the unit MUST be Dade county approved, and you will have to be either impact rated or have approved shutters on it. Failure to permit it can cause your insurance company to reject any damage claim you may have in the future.

The good side..there are retrofit units readily available to fit into an existing slider opening.
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Permit, lol, they guage you there don't they.......should be tempered glass and hurricane/ high wind tested and if it were me I'd get composite that wouldn't decay........I would think around the $1500 - $2000 mark for a decent one installed if there's not framing, drywall or exterior siding type work needed and that would depend on the existing size opening to matchup with your choice of the newly install unit.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:08 AM
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Don't waste time or $$$ with replacement panels in existing tracks. Still be a cheap door. Not a big deal to replace units if you are handy and have some basic homeowner tools. Local builder supply/lumber yard should be able to get what you need. If you need permits as a homeowner to do simple maintenance like replacing a broken door might consider moving to another city/town/state.
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We replaced 3 sliders with outswing Anderson units in Gulf Shores. The new units are much tighter, far more quiet, and zero leakage in the highest winds $$s will vary, depending upon the replacement units that you choose, from maybe $1500/unit to over $3000/unit. We're in a small condo development; I pulled the Anderson and independent information together regarding wind performance, got the outside sheathing to match the existing sliders, provided the materials to our condo Board and our changes were approved. We'd never go back to sliders.
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Outswing should be mandatory down there. The only thing that I've had to do with an outswing is install some way to stop it if the wind catches the door when open. Other than that, the outswing is much better than a slider and has many benefits over an inswing.

As far as price is concerned, there are many variables. Size of the door, door selection, existing framing and trim, etc. I think $1500 for a simple job would do it.
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I forgot where you are when I said $1500. My daughter and her husband replaced all their windows in Coral Gables and I was shocked as to the price and the requirements. Because of the "hurricane resistant" windows they bought, the price per window was about $400 more than the 130 mph windows we use here in NC.

Bottom line, you need to take advice from people that work in your area.

BTW, they were great windows!
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You can expect anywhere between 800-1500 for an impact door set, and then anywhere from $400 to 1500 to install it.

Shop hard and you could get an okay quality impact slider (assuming it's a standard 6') installed under $1300, I think you'll be looking at a few hundred bucks more for a decent quality unit, and probably another few hundred for french. I'm under the impression that low quality sliders are a lot more tolerable than low quality french doors though.

There ARE companies out there that will do it legitimately for a reasonable price. I had my house done (8 windows and 5 sliders, lower quality impact) permitted inspected etc for I think around $11-12k. I got a couple of quotes that were basically twice that. Considering that most of the doors and windows are never opened, I couldn't see any reason to double my investment on them. In fact one of the sliders is a 10' model which was nearly $3k on its own, and I use it once a month at best.
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Just went thru this and went with a top quality Anderson slider with light dividers and door hardware that looks like a French door . Door is mainly used as a window. Cheaper and very tight - But do get the French if you must have the extra wide opening. Cant add anything to the hurricane issue.
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Andersen 400 series 6068 outswing door with handle and screen. Supplied and installed by a licensed contractor including permits. Totally finished job where you do nothing but sign the check, figure no less than 5 grand per door.
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Thanks for the info.
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Replaced two sliders w/ a special order fiberglass frame french door(s) with little blinds in between the glass panes for easy opening and shutting. Door cost me about $ 1500 and a handyman installed for $200. Good Luck.
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If the doors are the same size and the house is fairly square and solid, you should be in the area of 250-350 install plus the cost of the door which you can find on line yourself.
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Originally Posted by offshorebri View Post
If the doors are the same size and the house is fairly square and solid, you should be in the area of 250-350 install plus the cost of the door which you can find on line yourself.
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Originally Posted by LuckyLadyBH View Post
Replaced two sliders w/ a special order fiberglass frame french door(s) with little blinds in between the glass panes for easy opening and shutting. Door cost me about $ 1500 and a handyman installed for $200. Good Luck.
So you got some unlicensed hack to install a major exterior door on a home in Florida?

Well, there goes your insurance if you have a problem. Even if it is a rated unit, if it wasn't inspected there goes your windstorm coverage.
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Unless you really want to purchase new doors, go for it.. But in many cases the only real problem is the suspension and rollers on the bottom of the doors. Sometimes they can be actually cleaned up of the hair and dirt lubed and saved, and other times they simply need replaced. Replacements are rather easily installed and inexpensive it's just the fact of acquiring them that proves out difficult sometimes.
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Originally Posted by Bamby View Post
Unless you really want to purchase new doors, go for it.. But in many cases the only real problem is the suspension and rollers on the bottom of the doors. Sometimes they can be actually cleaned up of the hair and dirt lubed and saved, and other times they simply need replaced. Replacements are rather easily installed and inexpensive it's just the fact of acquiring them that proves out difficult sometimes.
I've "rebuilt" several sliding doors when I lived in the NE and that was fine for then and there.

The OP says he has a cheap builders model, so I'm assuming that he not only would like it to work properly, but would also want an upgrade for efficiency, structural integrity and aesthetics.

Also, he lives on the Gulf coast of Florida. The salt air ruins the windows and doors beyond repair.

Another (maybe the most important) consideration is that many hurricanes have gone through that area. I wouldn't want a cheap builders model patio door in a hurricane prone area.
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