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amz155 2009-11-30 04:55 PM

Decorative door inserts
 
Our new house has two builder's basic front doors that both have glass panels. I really like the decorative door inserts that many people in our subdivision have installed, the frosted glass with wrought iron motif.

I'm considering adding these but have some questions:

1. For those that have such inserts, is there anything you don't like about them?

2. Did you install the inserts into the doors provided by the builder?

3. Is it recommendable to upgrade the builder's doors to something a little more secure/heavy duty before adding the inserts?

4. Would it be better just to buy an entire new set of nicer looking doors (nicer wood part) with the inserts already in?

THanks.

Newstar 2009-12-01 03:08 PM

Re: decorative door inserts that many people in our subdivision have installed, the frosted glass with wrought iron motif.

1. For those that have such inserts, is there anything you don't like about them?
Answer: The inserts are really nice. The trim around the inserts are better than the originals.

2. Did you install the inserts into the doors provided by the builder?

Answer: The doors are the same. The person insatlling the inserts simply cuts the opening to make the full or half insert fit in. They seal it up, and it looks as good as new. On our old house, we had these inserts for over 6 years, and there was never an issue.

3. Is it recommendable to upgrade the builder's doors to something a little more secure/heavy duty before adding the inserts?

Answer: No. The builder sticks to the existing door models. Adding the inserts doe not change the integrity of the doors.

4. Would it be better just to buy an entire new set of nicer looking doors (nicer wood part) with the inserts already in?

Answer: You could. The full inserts for two front doors will cost between $1000 - $1600 (for the really nice ones) total, and is usually on a cash basis (no tax).

If you can find cheaper prefab doors, then that's an option, although I believe new doors with inserst are going to run you more.


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