and if you go by Bdempsey's advice don't forget to go pick up your own doors in your car, or whatever grocery getter you have or, have the doors delivered for $60.00 or more from Lowe's or Home D, your choice because my truck cost me $40,000 new and the trailer was another $8,000 to be able to haul all of the above mentioned in one shot plus tools to do the job. And ask yourself why is a contractor more than a handyman?? A contractor will 99% of the time be buying and installing a door that is a lot better than you can buy at Home D or Lowe's. A handyman does not care , you order the door, you pick up the door and get it to the job and call him when it gets there so he can come over to install it and leave so, Where's the leg work, there is none wa-- la cheaper price. A contractor on the other hand has to go drive and bid on this door ( say 20 miles away 40 round trip) at 14 mpg X $3..00 gal for diesel == $8.57 in fuel , 1 1/2 of time spent with homeowner.. $30.00, plus another 1 1/2 to order the door, pick up the door from the supplier and more fuel, time and money so that means a contractor is already out about $80.00 before we even take a nail out of the trim ..ya ok ..not to mention, Insurance, liabilities and trash disposal and such .. The only ONE good word Bd put in his post was RELIABLE, My advice is to talk to friends and family to find RELIABLE contractors or handymen or women, get prices for the work needed done and in writing, I's dotted and the T's crossed because you have a nice job on your hands and you don't want to leave it the hands of a guy that thinks he can do it. I called Lowe's and asked for a price for there french door set up and it was $300.00 plus another $300.00 to install (maybe a little more for your area) now you need a lock set roughly $40.00, that's probably your cheapest way out but can you trust the install?? so your cheapest door is $300.00 you can also spend and easily $1500.00- $2000.00 for a french door (its self )for a well known brand , do your homework, delete each door one by one and you will soon figure out the one you want and the contractor or handyman you want to do your job and to do it well... GOOD LUCK...Jeff..
Last edited by T Ayers Construction; 02-17-2009 at 12:13 PM.