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Pricing for RELIABILT good to be true? #reliabilt #garage #door #installation


Pricing for RELIABILT doors. too good to be true?

We have just started building a new home. Builders are getting ready to order doors and windows.

We received an estimate for all the exterior doors from the local lumberyard that our builders use. The prices were TWICE as high as prices for Reliabilt doors at Lowes.

The doors are 6 panel steel doors, prehung, primed for paint.

There is one door that will be a 6 ft wide steel, 6 panel double door.

The lowes doors are literally half the price! The single door is as low as $139, whereas the lumberyard price is in the $300-400’s

My question is. does anyone know if Reliabilt, specifically the steel exterior doors are any good?

We bought Reliabilt interior doors from Lowes for our current home a few years ago when we built. The doors were solid core, 6-panel, oak doors, and we saved a LOT of money buying them from Lowes. The doors have, BTW held up beautifully after 5 years. At the time, our builders expressed concern with us buying doors from Lowes, telling us we’d likely have problems with warping etc. but we’ve had no problems whatsoever (so far).

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Thanks for your help!

Make sure you are comparing apples and apples. Is the hardware included with both doors? If so, is it Quickset, Schlage, Baldwin Brass etc. Do both doors come primed, or factory painted? What is the gauge of steel used in both doors, is it cheap 26 gauge or 20-22 gauge? Do they both have steel ball-bering hinges? What is the R-value of both doors.

What about the installation, do both doors come in a new construction frame? Do they have a steel security plate? What about the door sweep, is it a single, double, triple or quad blade? Does the price include a new threshold and is the threshold thermally broken?

The same, if not more consideration, should be given to purchasing a door as is given for any exterior product for your home. The worst mistake you can make is to buy a door based on price without understanding what a little bit more money will buy for you.

You aren’t talking about an interior doors here. You are talking about exterior doors that need to be able to stand up to the elements ie. heavy rains, high wind, hot and cold weather etc. Buy cheap get cheap, regret it later.

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Skydawggy, I appreciate your response and good advice.

We will definitely do our research, and ask these questions of both the lumberyard folks and lowes.

Thanks so much for your checklist. it will defintely come in handy, in terms of which questions to ask.

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All I can say is you get what you pay for. A $139 door is not going to be the same quality as a $400 door. If you want to look at a high quality door, look at provia doors

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