Larson Manufacturing 346-52

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Larson Tradewinds Storm Door

Jul 15, 2009
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Door appearance is very pleasing and the door construction seems solid.

Cons:Poorly operating closer.
Screen retracter failed in a month.
Marginal installation instructions.

The Bottom Line:

Avoid this product unless you have the time, skills and tools to assemble and install this door, and repair the manufacturer's defects.


Purchased the door based on the retractable screen feature.  Door assembly was fairly easy, but does require a great deal of manual labor.  The enclosed instructions work well if installing on a recently manufactured outside entry door with standard door trim.  My entry door had been customized and although the supplied paper tape suggested the exterior door opening was correct, the storm door framing actually ended up being a quarter of an inch too narrow and the storm door would not close.  I was able to adjust the storm door opening by resetting the existing door trim a quarter of an inch outward. The door is equipped with two closers, one of which is an "automatic" release.  It does not have the usual metal tab that you set on the connecting rod to hold the door open, it has a push button which is supposed to release when you push the door open more.  Has a great deal of trouble doing this if you have opened the door to full open.  It had been up less than a month when the screen retracter failed.  I had purchased the door at a local Lowes who referred me to the Larson Helpline.  The Larson Helpline is only available during specific hours during the workweek and requires the serial number of the door to be keyed in before you may speak with anyone.  Larson representitive was very professional.  They are sending me a replacement unit which I have to install. 
That means that the $300 storm door which took me two hours of cutting, fitting and drilling to assemble before I could even put it up, is also going to take me more time to repair the manufacturer's defect.  I think I will look a little harder at the other manufacturers next time.


Recommend this product? No


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