TACOMA, WASHINGTON -- Yesterday I posted about a problem I was having with the Feather River front doors I purchased through Home Depot. At the time of the posting I had been told by the Feather River Warranty Department that the warranty on my doors had been voided because the one side was off by ¼”. After hearing this needless to say my blood began to boil.
I systematically went through all of the issues trying to be just factual and unemotional. I also sent a copy of the posting to the manufacturer. I am happy to report that yesterday evening I received a call from a manager at Feather River who informed me that not only will they honor the warranty but they are going to send a complete new replacement unit.
I know this will still cost me a few hundred dollars to have them installed. To be assured that they will be installed per the factory recommendations I am going to pay Home Depot to do the installation. I am extremely pleased that this American manufacturer has stood behind their product and is trying to rectify what was a bad situation.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- I have a Fiberglass Feather River French Entry door. These are full glass doors with the blinds inside the glass panels. It is no more than 5 years old. First thing we noticed was the finish peeling off. We called Feather River to see if there was any warranty against this. We were told there is not, and they offered instructions on how to refinish them ourselves.
This past weekend we installed a storm door with low E glass hoping to protect the doors after we refinished them. During this process we discovered that the fiberglass panel on one of the doors was coming loose. This was the working door. Upon further inspection we discovered that the same thing was happening on the stationary door. And not only that, but the trim that holds the glass in place was also loose. The screw holes on the opposite side are rotted and there is no way to fix this. We talked to Home Depot about this and they offered their sincere apologies and nothing more. Our only choice is to replace the doors, jambs and everything.
These doors face east so they are somewhat exposed to the sun in the morning but not all day. We also live at high altitude, around 7000 ft. so the sun is a bit more intense. But this kind of thing should not happen to any door in any location. There is another steel entry door on the same side of the house that is over 10 years old and no problem with it. We are replacing these Feather Rivers with the same type of steel door. Bottom line is that if you have to replace a door with any sun exposure, don't buy Feather River.
LACEY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY -- My $4000.00 Fiberglass front door from Feather River and bought at Home Depot has been problem since I have had it installed. The first year the glass and sidelights leaked water with rains. The covers for inside screws didn't fit into the holes either. Had a horrible fix it man come out, very unprofessional, sent by the company. Another couple of rains and water still coming in all over my kitchen floor. Had to put down towels around the door whenever it rained hard.
I sent pictures in to company of the door leaking. They sent out another repairman. He replaced frames and showed me that the last repairman never caulked the windows under the frames and that is why water was coming in. We also discovered that the wood jam is now rotting in places and mold is growing on the bottom of the jam where it had been getting wet forever (over two years now).
I have a claim in again but the manager says my door isn't under warranty due to the jam not having been caulked on the outside. The door has been caulked with clear seal from the time it was installed. They don't think that the previous problems caused the damage to the door? Seriously? I have many general contractor clients and construction workers to tell about my complaints on this company's way of handling product defects. If it's not taken care of then I will pass on my experience to them.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- Selected and paying for 2 Feather river doors in July of 2014. One is a single door with 2 sidelights, another is a single door with a fanlight window. Both are very beautiful but have significant issues when we receive them. We just went through a second set and it has significant structural issues. Pardon my not very technical understanding of the door anatomy but the piece of wood next to threshold is too short on one door and you can see some white plastic lining coming out of it, jambs on the other one are cracked, significant crack that can only been seen if you are looking at the top of the door in a horizontal position.
Per installer, 2 sidelights seemed to be held only by casing and all pieces on a sidelight door were moving. Once they tried to lift the door it made a loud cracking sound. Installer advised against lifting at that point due to the possibility of the door falling apart. Previously we had issues with casing being defective and another door had fanlight that was not parallel to the top of the door. We are not even paying attention to scratches at this point.
Per Home Depot, manufacturer claims these are transporting issues. I say BS. These are issues due to a lack of Quality Control procedures being implemented by a manufacturer. At this point Home Depot is trying to see if we can get a door by a different manufacturer while I am still paying for the Feather River doors. Do not recommend them at all.
Received three doors from Home Depot, all in good condition, and I must emphasize, apparently good workmanship, at least from an aesthetic standpoint. I installed 2 of them as pocket doors and all was fine for about 2 years. The door was never opened or closed for 6 months, when I began hearing a "tinkling" noise in the wall, on and off, for a couple weeks (I thought it was a cricket trapped in the wall). Pulled door out one day afterward, and YIKES! The glass was shattered - all crackly like a windshield in a car accident. No obstruction or catching inside the wall (door moved perfectly smooth); nobody anywhere near that door for months (it was fine last time I looked).
Unfortunately, this occurred 2 years after the door was installed/purchased. There appeared to be an "origin" to this process emanating from the surrounding the frame. The remainder of the glass just shattered uniformly throughout, but fortunately, stayed in place. Big mystery to me is how did this happen??? Heck, here's a 300 dollar door that only lasted two years. Far as I can tell... this occurred spontaneously, and (for lack of any other explanation) probably related to the way the glass panel was installed - (maybe a stress point, heretofore not stressed enough to initiate the break)???
Whole point of this, is just to see if anybody else has had this problem. I'm (reluctantly) going to eat the cost of a replacement - and the hassle of finishing a new one - hopefully it'll match - this is one of a pair! But a neighbor with experience with glass doors and windows said it probably was due to stress created in installation of the door glass and the surrounding molding.... but, who knows? Question is: Has anybody else had this problem (this glass was the etched cube design)? FYI: Home Depot guys didn't want to be bothered with this issue - (bet if I had 42 double EE's and wearing Daisy Dukes, they'd a bent over backwards - but that's another issue).
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I bought a $2200 fiberglass entry door in 2010. Painted every two years. This year, I found "jamrot". I contacted the warranty department, and was told that it wasn't covered in the 10 year warranty. What a waste of money. I only wish that I would have read some of these poor reviews before I bought this piece of junk. Steer clear of these doors and this company.
TACOMA, WASHINGTON -- Purchased door from Home Depot 4 years ago @$4000, and $1000 installation cost. Door started to fade and crack within 2 years. Now 4 years later... pine wood jams splitting and rotting.. as well as center jam loose. After repeated attempts to get the Feather River warranty dept to honor the warranty... they refuse. Can't reach any of authority and they refuse to identify who the President or CEO to escalate my concerns and get the matter resolved.
INDIAN HEAD, MARYLAND -- Purchased the door in 2004-2005 from Home Depot and have had issues since. Of late, a Home Depot installer came out to investigate the issues, informed me that the door was not originally installed properly and showed why. Eventually the same door was reinstalled but I was informed that the oval glass, which had already slipped in the opening, would continue & I was told by Feather River it is "NOT" covered. BEWARE of Feather River!
TACOMA,, WASHINGTON -- Door was not assembled flush within the frame it was attached to. This is a prehung door that is junk. It is nice looking but whatever I do I cannot get it to seal because it is so skewed within the frame it was built. The company did send out a service person who could not figure out the problem but said it was installed properly which I already knew.
He contacted Feather River door and they sent me out a new wider seal to install where the original thinner seal was installed. Now it is so tight in areas that I have more light coming through the door and its frame on the top and side of the door. You need to look at this door very well before installation. You can see a lot of light (air) when the sun is directly on the door. Do yourself a favor and look real good if you decide on a Feather River door.
The door was installed in September 2008. I have been talking to them since early 2009. My last response from the company customer service manager (March 2010) was to call the installer to fix the problem. I will need to buy another door before I go through another winter.
MICHIGAN -- Purchased this door and when it rains the water leaks in the door insert. I called the manufacturer Feather River and unless I return the door they cannot do anything. I cannot easily uninstall the door since I obviously did not keep the old door and it would be quite difficult to leave my front entry open!!! Not at all happy with this purchase.