Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 86
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ghr404 Respectable budget door
The full lite Andersen 2000 storm door is a respectable budget door, especially for warmer parts of the US. I live in Colorado, where I choose it because it (unlike the 3000-double and 4000-triple glazing) has only a single layer of glass in the winter mode, which I wanted to put on the east and west sides of my shop for additional light and heat in the spring and fall (when the sun is too far overhead to heat my shop through the south windows). I also wanted the summer screens for bugless air flow. I was convinced to buy the 2000 series because the salesman at my local HD assured me that it had two closing pistons (I was misinformed), which I wanted, so I didn’t have to rely on others to pull the door shut behind them.
Pluses: 1) inexpensive, 2) easy to follow instructions (though see list of errors below), and 3) lightweight. Minuses: 1) the flimsy plastic clips which hold in the glass/screen will die long before the door has worn out, 2) the bottom sweep is laughable; it won’t keep out cold air even when new, 3) the single closing piston is not strong enough to latch the door (you’ve got to pull it shut, each time or the wind will rip it off). I strongly recommend adding a wind spring/chain to your installation to protect against sudden, unintended door opening. Even my 4000 series Andersen storm door was mangled by a wind gust (and we live in a place with very little wind), and I had to replace both pistons and install a wind spring/chain.
The instructions that come with Andersen doors are excellent and they have a 24-hour hotline you can call for clarification. I have used the hotline several times and recommend it highly. For the money, the design of the Andersen doors is excellent and finished product looks sharp. The instructions are (mostly) flawless and lead you step by step through the process, so no special expertise is needed. The doors come with the necessary hex wrench, drill bit, and spacing jigs and pads (one of my pins was the wrong size, and I had some inexplicable plastic pieces left over, but that’s not bad for the large number of parts provided). The screws and parts are all clearly labeled and in color-coded bags for idiot-proof assembly. But it is still possible to make mistakes (see the end for a humorous, but nearly catastrophic mistake I made), and the instructions could be improved:
1) The box claims that the job takes 2 hours. I’m a cabinet maker and understand tools reasonably well; I placed the doors on my shop, so the tools were nearby. Nonetheless, the first door I installed took 3.5 hours exclusive of installing a required threshold (3 hours), shimming the door jamb sides to make them parallel, vertical, and of the requisite dimensions (1 hour), digesting the instructions the first time (1.5 hours), assembling the tools, ladders, etc. (0.5 hours), installation of a wind spring/chain (20 min), and cleanup, return, and disposal of all the shavings, boxes, tools, etc . (0.5 hours). The second time was much faster (a bit over an hour for the installation by itself).
2) In step 2a the screen is mislabeled N when it should be P. This matters because in step 2b the glass is mislabeled P (making you think the screen should be where the glass is) instead of D.
3) In step 2c you are directed to pages 4-7 for left hand installations and pages 8-11 for right hand installations. Andersen is to be congratulated for having separate instructions (and illustrations!) for the two different installations, as these greatly reduce errors caused by mirror images of what you are looking at. It would be even better if they got the page numbers right (4-7 should be 4-8; 8-11 should be 9-13; and there should be a note at the end of the left-hand instructions on page 8 indicating that the following right-hand instructions should not be continued.
4) The instructions on placement of the optional hinge side shim (3a and 11a) show a foam square for attaching the shim. The packet comes with eight square covers on the attachment foam, which should be used as 4 foam rectangles rather than squares.
5) The instruction for mounting the hinge rail on the door (3b/11b) fails to explain that you need to drill 7 holes in the door (only 1 of 8 required holes is predrilled).
6) The instructions on placing the spacing jig on the bottom of the door (3e/11e) fails to mention that the jig must be spread open to clasp the door bottom before attachment (otherwise the spacing will be incorrect).
7) The written instructions for installing the handle set in the main instruction guide (6a/14a) is a typo duplicating the narrative from the preceding instruction (5c/13c). Instead it should tell you that a separate set of instructions is to be found inside the box with the handle set. Follow those and then go on to the next step when those have mounted the lockset successfully.
When anchoring the hinge rail in the door jamb I discovered that I had left the required screws inside my shop. As it was a bit tricky getting the door positioned right, I was reluctant to pull it out and start over, so I resolved to get the screws by entering the shop via the other door. I considered the possibility that wind would push out the new storm door when I opened the other door, so I propped a ladder against the storm door and made sure no wind was blowing when I opened the other door. At the very instant I opened the other door, the air pressure explosively blew out the storm door, toppled it and the ladder and send the whole mess careening down a rock-covered slope below the shop. Amazingly, the glass did not break! I was so relieved that I didn’t even begrudge the new scratches. Lesson: don’t even think about opening another door until you’ve got the new door secured!
May 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Anderson Storm Door
I've wanted one of these types of doors for a long time. Quick and easy purchase. Got it out of the box and everything was there. I had never installed a door before so I was a little apprehensive about making sure I understood the direction before I put a bunch of holes through the door. The direction are good. The one thing though, is that it didn't come with the 7/16 drill bit but they included the other drill bit. Not sure why. Once installed the door looks amazing. It works great. The lock and handle work great and seem to be really good quality. Now my beagles can view the front yard from the comfort of there home.
June 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RayNJ1965 Anderson 2000 Storm Door
The door appears nice and functions well. I like the bottom closer and the foot activated push button door holder.
April 30, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Horror17 Fits 100 year old home
This was a easy fit to my 100 year old home. Had to buy a longer door sweep cause my threshold has a low taper but that's not the doors fault. The one it came with left a 1/4 gap. $9 for a longer door sweep. Keep in mind you can't have the glass and screen in at the same time. You must store the one not in use. Over all its a good door. Nice handles/lock
November 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Slavedriver Easy and straightforward installation for novice handyman husband.
Product looks nice and is as secure as we would have expected for the price. Protects entrance door from the weather and provides modicum of security when opening to stranger.
Installation iInstructions were good. My husband is great at reading and understanding instructions. Only took a couple of hours w/ the 2 of us. No knives came out. With our particular application the bolt did not reach as far in as I wanted so we added some heavy-duty Baldwin strike plates. We also tripled the length of the screws. A door is only as secure as the hardware in the door frame.
Great finished installation. Looks and functions well. I like it and would purchase item again. We have a Larson on our other house and I think this one is as nice.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveACee Great Product, Easy Install
I was able to install this door almost alone. I did have the wife hand me some tools while I was on the ladder, but even that wasn't necessary. The install was a snap. The door is a noticeable help with the cold air from outside. While it doesn't provide 100% air blockage, it certainly makes a big difference in keeping the wind from blowing directly on the entrance door itself.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JimR Great door at a great price!
Clear directions made installation easy. Door's appearance was that of a much more expensive door. Brass hardware added a classy look. Closer performed very well. Overall a great value for the price.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cretiablue Storm door
This door is great! during the cold winter days. it keeps the cold air from coming through the cracks of the interior door. it also keeps water from seeping in after a hard rain I highly recommned this door as an addition to your home.
September 18, 2010