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French Doors

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:19 pm
by sherryb
This is my first time buying a Mobile Home, I don't like the sliding doors I have 2. Can I replace them with standard French Doors? They will look so much better Thanks Sherry

Re: French Doors

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:40 am
by David Oxhandler
The short answer is YES..... Some builders offer French Doors as an option. If they don't you can make the replacement after the home is installed.

French doors do not include a central mullion, and allow an attractive, wider unobstructed opening. The French door requires more foundation support and expertise during the home's installation.

You are dealing with a larger unsupported opening, that must be level and square so the doors will swing freely and remain weathertight. The frame requires a weather strip at floor level and where the doors meet to prevent water from seeping in.

Many manufactured home installers have little experience with French doors. I have removed several French doors and reframed large areas of wall and floor around the door opening, due to water intrusion.

There is no reason to not enjoy having a French door. Just be sure to read the builders installation manual or literature that comes from the French Door manufacturer and insist that the French Door is set correctly.

Re: French Doors

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:53 pm
by sherryb
Sorry I guess I wasn't clear. The mobile home is not new, It was built in the late 70's I just want to take out the old sliders and put in new french doors, any further ideas.. Thanks David for the response

Re: French Doors

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:22 am
by David Oxhandler
Homes built in the 70s were built to lighter framing standards than todays modern MH. A French door will offer less support to that opening than a Sliding Glass door. The header size may need to be increased and foundation supports added.

Consult with a local carpenter that has experience resizing and re-supporting framed openings.

Re: French Doors

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:58 am
by jacksonlima

the french door and the floors”

“Not sure how practical... but I kinda like the all the doors”

“French casement windows mirror the room's several sets of French doors.”

“8. French doors add more than light. If you are looking for a special feature to add to your home, consider replacing a door or several windows with French doors.

Not only will they let in more light, but the open feel they provide”
“sale ad. "French doors leading to the garden" — now that has a nice ring to it!”

Re: French Doors

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:36 pm
by ScottS
First I want to preface that I am not a professional contractor however I do know much about construction. I have a 1971 Holiday Homes MH. It has all 2x4 construction. I removed the original aluminum slider and an adjacent window to add two side-by-side French doors. Before installing these doors I removed the original framing for the slider and window as it was in adequate for the French doors. I proceeded to install King and jack studs with complete headers across the openings for roof weight transfer. The original openings had no headers. Since this project is a complete renovation, the flooring and subfloor have been upgraded as well. I also installed a stem wall along the perimeter of my MH for better side wall stability. You may only need to do this under your door location. Then result was as I expected with no door issues. Good luck on your project.

I have a photo of my finished doors but can't find a way to upload it. If you care to see it, e-mail me at [email protected]

Re: French Doors

Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:41 am
by johnhcreamer
Well, you need to hire professionals who has great knowledge regarding doors and windows. They will suggest you some thing accordingly.

Re: French Doors

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:46 am
by jenny5555
I myself like french doors, but they do take up more space than what i initially thought when I had them installed. Keep this in mind before you decide to go this direction. I got mine from conservation construction of houston.