We have this really awesome 8 foot sliding door that goes out to our patio.
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Well, the door actually kinda stinks at the moment.
As you can see above, the seal is broken on the glass. Also, we just discovered there's a big gap between the sliders.
So...we decided we should replace it sooner than later since winter is coming soon.
As I mentioned, it's hard to find much info about 8 foot patio doors online because most patio doors are only 6 feet. We went back and forth between wanting to replace it with another slider or French doors with sidelights We (mostly I, I suppose) briefly entertained the idea of three doors that would fold open accordion style, but it's too buggy around here to keep the door open with no screen and I am not sure a screen would work on that style of door in any case.
So, with the lack of information on the internet, Travis called around today to get a few quotes, both for sliding and French with sidelights. All places said they'd get back to him.
We stopped at Lowe's after work to pick up some paint, so we decided to ask there too.
As luck would have it, someone had returned an 8 foot French door they had special ordered but didn't like to the store that day! Of course we checked it out. The sidelights were screened so you could open them up, which was really cool. The door had already been installed in another house so it was slightly banged up in a few places, but nothing very concerning to me. PLUS, it was marked down by $400+!
We wanted to get a quote on a sliding door too, just to see, and it was around $200 less than the marked down French door.
However, we both really loved the French door. We were hemming and hawing next to the door when a salesperson walked by and just told us to make an offer on it! So we offered $150 less than the already marked down price and they accepted it! How awesome! It was such a rush, I sort of wish we had asked for even lower!
So, this whole door purchase happened a lot quicker than I thought, but I am happy we acted fast. It is going to be delivered on Thursday. I can't wait for it to be installed.