Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 53
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Great, Durable Door with Simple Installation
This door is heavy, stylish, and durable. The model down is $100 less and totally not worth it, especially when it comes to changing from glass to screen. I upgraded to the Anderson 4000 and spent an extra $20 to get the insulated glass, and that $20 upgrade is a STEAL.
As for the install, I'm not the handiest person on the planet. To give you an idea, I make my living in healthcare administration, not in the trades. I was able to do this install in about 4 hours in total. I've put together many things that come with instruction booklets.
This best part of this instruction booklet is that it tells you what you will accomplish in each step and has pictures to guide you through exactly how each piece should line up.
The only flaw that I noticed was that the sizes of drill bits that it called for weren't always exactly right on, and I sometimes needed a bigger bit than what the instructions called for. If you know your way around a drill, you already know to check the bit against the screw that will fill the hole to make sure you're using the right size.
I would totally recommend this door to anyone. I had my reservations about buying a product like this from a HD or a Lowe's versus going to a specialty store. The quality is top notch, and when pricing this door ($319) versus some of the specialty stores ($600+, $700+, even $1100+!!), I am very satisfied with the product.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike123 So worth it
Might pay to have this door installed. The directions are not very precise on some steps and the drawing aren't very helpful. The product is excellent though. The double pane window weighs about 75 pounds so it is not going in and coming out very often. Easily unlatched for removal. My dog loves the full panel so he can watch what's going on outside.
February 17, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DISAPPOINTED Insulated Storm Door
I bought this Door In 12/16/2010 The Door Work Good Until The Next Summer Had To Replace The INSULATED GLASS ,in 6/17/2011 Worked Good FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS THEN THE GLASS FAILED CAUSING THE EXTERIOR DOOR PAINT TO PEEL , Called HOME DEPOT ABOUT IT AGAIN WAS TOLD TO CALL A NDERSEN Window WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD NOT KEEP THE COLD or HEAT FROM COMING THROUGH THEY SAID IT WAS A DOUBLE GLASS NOT A INSULATED GLASS YET THEY SELL IT AS A DUAL PANE INSULATED GLASS
February 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ghr404 Excellent instructions; good seals; insulating glass
This storm door was the only one I was able to find that featured two layers of glass. None of the offered storm doors specified an r-value, so it is difficult to say how much improvement in insulating value this brought, but I felt that single glass doors would not be likely to reduce energy consumption, which was my goal.
The best features of this product were the instructions (among the best I have seen; separate illustrations for left and right swing installations, detailed drawings, etc.), the seals (double seals used throughout, with an extra cap that goes around the latch edge), and the insulating glass. The pistons also seem to be first rate, though my experience with pistons is that poor ones fail over time, so I don't yet know how these will fare. The procedure for seasonally swapping out the glass (for screening) is exceptionally easy and clever (no more fiddling with thumb screws while you're holding the heavy glass in one hand). The overall appearance is very clean and elegant. As long as white is okay, this door will go with almost any decorating theme. Because the glass is a "full lite", this door is largely invisible in winter and the whole doorway opening can be used for insect-free ventilation in the summer.
Pay attention to the specifications given in the instruction manual. Although standard width at top and bottom, my opening was just a smidgeon narrow (about 3/32") in the middle, which turned out to create significant installation challenges. The manual includes an 800 number for installation consultation; the technical support was immediate and authoritative. Note also that the double glass is remarkably heavy; I encountered some sagging of the door as a result of an insufficiently rigid doorway frame (in a brand new house). The 3/4" OSB doorway frame was not able to hold that much weight without flexing.
The only other challenge I encountered with this door was that it was delivered by tractor trailer, which could not get to our house.
Overall, however, this is a really superior door, which does an excellent job keeping wind and snow (but not sunshine) off of our main door in the winter, allows maximal breeze to ventilate our house in the summer, operates easily and reliably at all times, and looks smart.
November 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hoho Good engineering easy install
The door was easy to install. Do not use the YouTube video as a guide. Installation instructions are updated. Follow instructions step by step and you will have no problem. My only complaint is upon opening the box, I discovered a handful or aluminum shavings in the box. I used my shop vac to clean up. When I stood the door on end, another handful of aluminum chips slid out the bottom of the door. There was also machining fluid smeared on the door frame.
The hardest part was trying to snap the 1/2" plastic channel covers onto the channel to hide the screw heads. Hint: warm the plastic channel covers by laying them out in the sun prior to installing.
Overall I am satisfied with the product and the ease of installation.
March 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Very happy with this door
My wife and I purchased this door in almond with oil rubbed bronze for our house and I installed it over the weekend. Total install time including unpacking, installation and taking a couple of short breaks was 5 hours. If I were less cautious or doing it for a second time, I could probably do it in 3 hours.
The instructions that come with the door are not that great, but there is a video online put out by Andersen that helped tremendously.
The only problem I had was with the strike plate that attaches to the door jamb. Andersen gives you 4 small machine screws that you are supposed to pre-drill a hole for and then thread them in. This was an incredibly difficult task and a poor decision in my opinion. The screws should have been self-tapping. Because of the difficulty I had getting them threaded, the heads of the screws are a bit mangled and will need some sort of touch up paint.
Overall the door feels solid and well built. For the price it goes for... it had better. As with all well-sealed storm doors getting it to latch with the glass installed and the front door closed is tough. The build up of air pressure is just too much. Not a huge deal as the door closes and just needs to be tapped to get it to latch.
July 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fins Storm door
Great door.Easy to install if handy.Took about 4 hrs.
December 11, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by catrct Nice door. One word of caution, however.
We bought this as a replacement door. I like the Anderson quality. It is a very nice door and was relatively easy to install. The instructions were easy to follow. It has some weight to it, so 2 people doing it is recommended. I have one word of caution. The specifications state that the lock is rekeyable. This was one of the features that persuaded me to purchase this particular door. All the other doors in my home are the Kwikset "smart key" locks. I took the "rekeyable" feature to be similar to these. When I called customer service, however, they explained that I could take it to a lock smith. ALL LOCKS CAN BE REKEYED BY A LOCKSMITH. When you put it in the specifications that the lock can be rekeyed, I take that to mean that I can accomplish the rekeying. This is very misleading and I am very disappointed.
January 2, 2015