Frequently Asked Questions
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- Patio Doors
Can I order a "two-tone" unit, White inside and Stone outside for instance?
Yes. The new Slim-Line Slider comes standard with a factory-finished interior and exterior in one of four colors; White, Almond, Stone and Bronze. An available option is to mix interior and exterior colors (i.e., White interior and Stone exterior). In addition, custom colors of virtually any tone, hue and shade are an available option (subject to certain minimum order requirements).
Is the handle set included with the unit?
Each active panel unit includes a handle set in a choice of three finishes. In addition, handle sets are available separately to allow mixing of handle finish colors on Two-Tone units.
Will the "pre-finished white" color of all patio products be the same and suitable for mixing on the job, such as a white Slim-Line unit adjacent to a FC hinged unit?
FC and SS Patio Systems will feature a matching white finish. Slim-Line, while white, will be a slightly different hue due to the manufacturing and finishing process.
Can the Slim-Line factory prefinished be repainted?
Yes. Detailed instructions on how to prep the unit and the
recommended paints are available through Therma-Tru Tech Services
My customer wants to match their trim to the Slim-Line finish. How can they match the finish color?
A sheet with paint color codes and mixing formulas is available through Tech Services
Can I have the sill color matched to the door?
The sill is always Stone finished.
Does the unit have a nailing or installation fin?
An optional fin is available in 7' and 8' lengths. Will be standard in 2004.
How is the unit installed?
Complete assembly and installation instructions are included with each unit.
Can I buy the unit preassembled?
Slim-Line is available from Therma-Tru only as an RTA unit and shipped in our exclusive UniBox packaging.
Is the stationary panel permanently fixed or can it be removed?
Removal is relatively easy. Simply reverse the process as shown in the installation instructions.
Are the tandem rollers replaceable?
Yes, see next question for more details.
Are there stainless steel rollers available for coastal applications?
The standard rollers are zinc-dichromate plated and are highly corrosion resistant. However, stainless steel replacement rollers are available for the extreme demands of coastal/saltwater applications.
Can the pultruded fiberglass be repaired if damaged?
Nicks, dings and scrapes can be filled with body filler or epoxy, then sanded and re-painted. A small bottle of touch-up finish is provided with each RTA unit.
What are the unit dimensions?
6/8 units are 79-1/2" tall. 8/0 units are 95-1/2" tall. All unit widths are ½" under the call-out size.
The standard frame depth is 5-3/4” but my walls are 2x6 construction. Can I order a 6-9/16” frame?
5-3/4" frames are the only size available. Thicker wall conditions require the use of an internal jamb extender or drywall return (both provided "by others").
What is the standard glass in Slim-Line?
For maximum energy efficiency all Slim-Line patios are glazed with Low-E glass standard.
Are the panels field reglazable?
Yes. A sheet with detailed instructions for field reglazing is available from Tech Services.
What is the warranty on Slim-Line?
20 Year Limited Warranty. Click here for complete details.
Is there a foot-bolt type lock available for Slim-Line?
Foot-bolt locks in multiple colors are available for the Slim-Line Sliding Patio System (refer to the Therma-Tru Price Guide).
I can’t find an answer to my question here. Where can I get more information?
Answers to most any product related issues could be found by calling Therma-Tru Technical Services. Consumers, builders, dealers and distributors can reach Technical Services by calling:
1-800-THERMATRU (1-800-THERMATRU) Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:45pm Eastern Time.
Why are the Standard and Deluxe Screens at Different Heights?
The deluxe screen overhangs the screen track more for an improved fit in the frame.
Do the exposed ends of wood stiles wick water and rot?
The wicking is a non-issue, assuming their door shop builds the door according to instructions. The bead of silicone caulk placed on each end of the door bottom seals the end grain at the bottom of the door. The top is not exposed to/does not trap water for extended periods of time. Although a shop could also caulk the top exposed end grain if they chose to do so. Covering the end grain with a caulk/paraffin is the same technique that a number of the "rot-proof" jambs are taking, ex. Boulangier. A wood door typically does not have a door bottom, and therefore MUST seal that end grain.
Vinyl Patio Door
Are transoms available? Transoms are not available with New Vinyl Slider Patio Door System.
Are keyed locks available? Yes, keyed locks are available as a standard accessory item for this product.
Patio configurator. Orders should be placed through Customer Service.
What hardware finish options are available for this product? The new Vinyl Patio Door System is available in white only and hardware is color matched to the unit.
What is the exterior casing profile? Any other options available? As with the previous SPD system, there are no exterior casing profiles. There is however, an integral Jchannel cavity for siding applications.
Do the prices include the screen and hardware? Yes and Yes.
What does the DP-50 upgrade include? Thicker stiffeners in the lock stile and interlock stile.
Are the door panels re-glazable? Yes.
Are the stationary door panels removable or are they part of the door frame? They are part of the door frame and not removable.
Are the 2 panel doors reversible before installation? Yes, the directions on how to reverse the panels are included in the instructions supplied with the new Vinyl Patio Door System.
What is LoE3 3663 glass (in laymen language)? LoE3 3663 with argon is a different coating technology superior to standard Low-E. See link: http://www.cardinalcorp.com/products_coated_366/366.htm.
Are the standard Low-E glass panels argon filled? What is argon? Yes. A gas injected in the IG for improved energy efficiency and higher performance.
Will the 2" primed extension jambs be loose or applied? Attachment clips are included.
What is the DP Rating before the DP-50 upgrade? DP-35. However the upgrade is only available on 5'0' x 6'6" and 6'0" x 6'6" systems.
Do you have a one page sell sheet with a picture of the new door and options listed? The 2009 New Products Catalog includes the New Vinyl Patio Door System in an opening and this content will also be included on the patio configurator as well.
Do we have a salesmen sample available? Vinyl Patio Sample will be available soon.
Will we continue to use the SPD terminology for the new door? SPD brand name will be discontinued as of the end of 2009.
Is the lock a single or dual point lock? Standard is an adjustable single point locking system that is tamper resistant
Are the fame and door panels welded? Yes, the PVC frame and panel sash are welded
Is there an option for seacoast hardware? Yes, optional stainless steel hardware offers excellent corrosion resistance for coastal and high exposure applications.