The Grisham Heritage 309 Series 32 in. x 80 in. Steel White Prehung Security Door is built for security as well as curb appeal. It offers a detailed design in 16-Gauge steel, pre-hinged yet reversible for flexible installation options. It has tamper-resistant hinges and a Slimline dead-bolt lock is included for enhanced security. The door is sealed with a protective powder-coat finish for durability.
Made of heavy-duty 16-Gauge steel
1 in. x 2 in. Welded frame for strength and durability
Heavy-duty weather-stripped for storm door protection
Tempered safety glass
Powder coated for a long lasting protective finish
Interchangeable top or bottom screen panel included
Brass slimline lock included
Hidden tamper-resistant hinges
Heavy-duty closer for smooth operation
Hinged on the left, but reversible for flexible installation options
Prehung and pre-hinged for easy installation
Available in color black or white
Available in 80 in. height only and widths 30 in. 32 in., 34 in., and 36 in.
For Grisham custom sizing requirements that are outside the parameters of the standard sizing shown, please visit your local Home Depot Store to process your special order request
I purchased 2 of these doors from Home Depot and installed them myself. Both of these original doors were labeled as "Made in the USA." I say original because on Inspection I noticed one of the boxes was crushed on the edge and the door frame was badly bent. Home Depot quickly replaced that door with the same model, only this carton was labeled "Made in China." The appearance of the two doors is the same. The quality of the hardware is not.
First the USA door. All the parts and pieces were there. The unit was packaged well with no scratches or marks. This door comes pre-hung for a door hinged on the left as you look at it from the outside. To reverse the hinges you must remove both sides, the top rail, and the bottom extender. You also have to reverse the latch and deadbolt and both handles. For me that added about 90 minutes to the installation. This door is heavy even with the glass panels removed. One can handle it but 2 would make things a lot less strenuous. Assuming your existing doorframe is square, the actual placement of the door goes fairly quickly.
Now for the Chinese version. On opening the box I also found this door to be packaged well. There were no scratches or dings even though the box doesn't appear to be as thick as the USA version. Appearance wise both doors look the same. This door is also hinged on the left. Since that was my intended purpose I figure the installation would be about half the time of the other door. It wasn't. Things were going well until it came to the lock installation. I should mention that the deadbolt in the USA version was pre-installed. It was not in the Chinese version. That's not a problem unless, like in mine, they provide the wrong lock. The lock in the Chinese door was a single cylinder, keyed only on one side. This sort of defeats the purpose of a glass security door since knocking out the glass enables someone to merely reach in and unlock the door. A trip back to Home Depot secured the lock assemble from the damaged USA door I originally purchased. Thinking this would solve all my problems I continued with the installation. Not quite. The double cylinder lock from the USA door doesn't fit as well in the Chinese lock assemble as it does in the USA door. The problem seems to be in the mounting of the lock cylinder in the locking mechanism. The real problem came when mounting the latch handles to the door and lock mechanism.. If tightened down completely the handles bind and will not allow the bolt to return to the extended position. Finger tight is about all you can do without the handles binding. I need to discuss this problem further with Grisham since I am not at all happy with the current assembly. Also the bottom door extender of the Chinese door appears to be a lighter aluminum than the USA version. The USA version was so tight and stiff I needed a hammer and block of wood to set it in place. It could not be spread open for installation. The Chinese version was very loose on installation and could be squeezed together easily to stiffen it up.
The instruction sheets for both doors are the same and much to my surprise only written in English. For a novice with no prior mechanical / handyman experience, I would certainly recommend a professional installer. The instructions are lacking of good detail and some parts make absolutely no sense. There are several instances where you are told to drill holes and to install the provided screws without mentioning the size hole to drill or the size of the screw to be installed.
Would I buy this same door again? Yes, but only if it were labeled Made in the USA. I just found too many little differences, especially in the locking mechanism to be 100% comfortable with the Chinese version.
Energy Efficient, Beautiful Appearance, Sturdy, Well Made
Quality, a bit expensive