Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 19
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by BongoBoy Happy Wife, Happy Life.
We purchased this door to replace one of the same model. Our primary concern was a full screen which limits our options. The door is sturdy and easy to install following the instructions. The reason we replaced the origin door was because it rusted through on the bottom. While installing the new one i noticed that the wood core is not sealed which led to to rust through of the original.
I am going to remove the door, partially disassemble it and prime and paint the core along all four edges. Hopefully this will protect the core from moisture and prolong it life.
I was disappointed to find the door constructed in this manner but my spouse is pleased to have a full screen door. Happy Wife, Happy Life.
July 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BigTex Extremely Good Door
Overall, the installation was not that bad. The instructions were not that clear at time. Once I had it figured out (and having to move a few things), installation went fairly quickly. This is by far the nicest door I have purchased. It looks good and functions well.
May 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BVL So far, it is an excellent purchase
Installation was kind of tricky, but all the parts matched and it works great.
May 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by speedracer Poor design, combined with poor workmanship.
O.k....so I know this is not the most expensive aluminum storm door that you can buy, nor is it the cheapest, but over the many thousands of dollars I have spent at Home Depot over the last 20 years, this is easily one of the worst products I have purchased, in terms of quality.
Around the perimeter of the door is a flange piece that encapsulates the interior and exterior surface edges of the door. These pieces are simply flat aluminum edges, which, if you were to accidentally rake the back of your hand over one of them, the edges are sharp enough to skin your knuckles. If you have little kids, you'd want to keep their hands away from the edges of this door. This is just cheap quality....
Installation of the lock set is easy enough. I had the right tools and years of experience with this sort of thing, but the result was nevertheless inexcusably poor. If you try to tighten the mounting screws (from the inside of the door) that holds the inner and outer portions of the lock set together, the outside handle will not rotate correctly. It binds up, won't spring back, and stays in the open position. I have tried everything. Double checked to make sure there is plenty of room for everything to move inside the hole bored through the door, lubricated the mechanism with silicone spray, etc., but the only thing that works is leaving the screws on the inside, loose to the point where they continue to loosen as you use the door, and require re-tightening periodically. I may next consider cutting an 1/8 inch or less off of the square connecting bar that mates up with the front and back. Perhaps it's just a little too long and pushes against the outer mechanism of the lock set, when the two portions are screwed together tightly, causing it to bind. Your guess is as good as mine. In all the doors I've installed, I never ran into this type of problem before.
There was some sort of residue that seemed like it was perhaps a kind of tan colored glue spattered in little spots, all over the outside of the door. Cleaning the door with conventional cleaning solutions wouldn't remove it. Only by using mineral spirits, and carefully scraping the dozens of spots with my thumbnail could most of the spots be removed. This seemed like a pretty unnecessary step to put the customer through.
For this door, there are two. One for the spring latch and another for the lock. They are simply unfinished galvanized steel right angles that not only look bad aesthetically, giving the appearance almost of an afterthought to the kit, but they are also cut in an angular way so as to have pointed corners on them. One can easily imagine snagging clothing on one, were you to brush up against it. This could be solved I suppose by rounding off the corners with a grinder.
Upper Storm Window:
SAVED the WORST for LAST: .As designed, this window will not stay locked in its uppermost position within the track, leaving a gap of daylight between the top of the window and the upper opening in the body of the door. The window will however, slide up higher to a position where it seals properly at the top, but it will not stay there. The reason is that the uppermost slots that are cut into the window track, which the side spring tabs are supposed to lock into, are, by my estimation, cut 3/8 of an inch or more too low. I suppose I could find a way to fill in the existing slots, and using a Dremel, cut some new ones in the positions where they belong. At this point though, I suppose I could have tried to make my own door out of aluminum sheet metal too.....lol.
This is such a poor attempt at making a storm door, that I might have returned it, if I could have found the receipt. Unfortunately, this was part of a an overall porch renovation project that I had to put on the back burner in favor of other projects that became more urgent. As a consequence, this door sat sealed in its carton for many months, so returning it was not an option. I have certainly spent less on aluminum storm doors than this in the past, but I have never experienced these kinds of problems with any of them. And no, the wooden core hasn't started swelling up as some of the other reviewers mentioned, as I just put this door up, and I'm sure that takes some time. Can't wait.....lol. Sorry Emco. I have always gotten good quality from Andersen products, and knew that Emco is owned by Andersen, so I thought it to be a safe bet. I do my best to support American made products from companies like yours, when I can ----but never again!
November 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Good door
It was easy to assemble. I am not usually good with putting things together but with the directions it was relatively easy.
September 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JJ One of HD's nice storm doors
I love the way it goes with my sunroom and ceramic tile just purchased from HD before the door and installed. I will really know how I enjoy it in the spring and fall when I can open the glass on the triple track. Overall, a nice door and installation was fairly easy-- my boyfriend installed for me with my help.
July 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chip Please read this before you purchase this door
I'm 66 and although not Bob Villa from This Old House, have been doing home improvements on my home for 30+ years. This door and its install were 18 hours of absolute agony. And that was with one call to the 1800 install line for help. The help-line overseas person informed me the 32" x80" door couldn't be made to fit and 81" opening so i had to build a smaller frame for the door. Step by step instructions were anything but. Pictures in the install manual were poor and the wording was even worse. Got the door in only to discover my current doorknob was larger that the storm door would accomodate. This after 8 hours getting the rough install completed. Get the picture. Solution: either spend the $97.00 to have Home Depot install the door or but another door another model.
April 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYJill So far so good...
We bought this as a replacement door to one that was heavy, broken, and at a minimum 10 years old. Our biggest difficulty is the fact that the actual frame of our doorway is crooked, not much we can do about that (Not HD or Emco's fault), and the installation pieces don't leave much wiggle room to adjust. In an attempt to avoid any rot or corrosion, we actually placed clear silicon around any of the screws that were installed in the door on both sides. I don't see where a door could rot from the inside out unless it was hitting a part of the door frame or had something else additional rubbing up against it.
Time will tell, but I love the aesthetics of this door. It's beautiful and functional. It wasn't until we visited a store that we realized the glass panels comes all the way off the door for full ventilation. I look forward to having a bug free, well ventilated kitchen this spring/summer.
April 7, 2015