When it comes to purchasing new interior or exterior doors, Reliabilt Doors is a brand that many people will consider. This brand is exclusively sold by Lowes, and provides an affordable way to enhance your home with attractive new doors. Today we will be talking about these doors, and taking a look at some of the more popular models in that product line. There may be some questions you have about the doors, such as where they are made? And how well they will hold up over the years?
We will try to answer those questions below, as we begin by talking about the companies that make them. After that, it’s time to look at some of the most popular models they currently sell.
Are Reliabilt Doors any good?
When it comes to buying cheaper doors such as these, there may be some concerns about the product durability and quality. So how do you know if they are any good? The first thing to ask is who makes the doors? Reliabilt branded doors are not actually made by the company. Instead they sell doors which are made on their behalf by other manufacturers. These doors are then rebranded, and have a Reliabilt badge slapped onto them. The shiny new doors are then sold by Lowes.
So in order to answer the question of build quality, we need to take a look at the companies who actually make these doors in the first place.
Who makes Reliabilt Doors for Lowes?
From our understanding there are two companies that manufacture these doors. The bulk of the entry doors are all made by a company called Jeld Wen. And the interior doors seem to be made by a company called Masonite inc. Let’s talk about these two companies very briefly to give you a small idea of their heritage.
Jeld Wen has a company history dating back to the 1960s, when the company was initially formed. The company was formed in Oregon, and started out with a modest 15 employees. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and the company has grown a great deal, becoming one of the biggest door manufacturers today. There are more than 20,000 people working for them, and they have manufacturing and distribution points all over the USA and in 20 countries.
Masonite inc has an even longer history dating back to the 1920s, when the founder William H Mason discovered a means to make a cost effective building material out of woodchips (otherwise known as Masonite). Over the past century the company has grown and spread all over the world, with their headquarters now based out of Tampa, Florida. Masonite is now associated with being a cheap and affordable building material for homes and DIY projects.
While we don’t think it is too important to go over each company’s entire history with a fine-tooth comb, there are one or two important facts worth mentioning.
The first is that both these manufacturers are American founded and run companies, which is something we think is worth supporting. And secondly, they both have a rather long and reputable history, so that gives them a rather good reputation in our opinion.
Moving on, we’ll take a look at some of the more popular models in the Lowes Reliabilt product range.
Entry Doors – Reliabilt Oval Lite (Steel)
To kick things off we are going to look at a steel entry door. Reliabilt have roughly 450 steel entry doors in total, compared to around 300 fiberglass models. This model is the Oval Lite Prehung Inswing Door which measures 36” x 80” in size, and retails for around $300. It has an attractive ¾ oval window design on the front, and the window is made out of tempered glass. The door is made out of corrosive resistant steel, and has a polystyrene core to improve insulation.
It comes with two paints of baked on enamel primer, so you can finish it off in any color with ease. This is an energy certified door, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. With these features and a very reasonable price point, it is easy to see why it is one of Reliabilt’s most popular steel door models.
Entry Doors – Reliabilt Half Lite (Fiberglass)
Next up we take a look at one of the more popular fiberglass models available. The Half Lite Decorative Arctic White Prehung Inswing door measures in at 36” x 80”, and comes with a pricetag of around $900. Although this is one of their more expensive models, it is still fairly good value for money compared to other fiberglass entry doors. This is a very attractive door, and comes with a rectangular glass insert design.
It comes pre-painted in an artic white color, and has a steel plate attached to the exterior of the door frame for additional security. The door comes treated with Auralast on the jambs, door frame and brickmould, which provides a lifetime warranty against any termites or rot. This door is of course Energy Star qualified, and is designed to be low maintenance and energy efficient. It may be a little pricey, but it certainly adds a lot of class to your home.
Patio Doors – Reliabilt 3900 Series
Patio doors are a big seller for the company, as they produce over 1500 different models alone. These come in all shapes and sizes, and we will be having a look at the more budget orientated 300 Series 70.75-in Clear Glass Vinyl Sliding Door. This is an energy efficient vinyl sliding model, which comes with tempered insulated glass panels. The frame and sash corner are fully welded, which makes it strong and durable against harsh weather.
Since it is vinyl it is more or less maintenance free, and it is Energy Star certified. There certainly isn’t anything fancy about this particular door, but it is a solid and straightforward design. With a retail price of around $300, it is easy to see why this model is one of the most popular Reliabilt patio doors currently being sold.
Interior Doors – Reliabilt Hollow Interior Slab
The bulk of their products are interior doors, as they produce a huge range of over 5000 different varieties. The 6-Panel Hollow Core Textured Bored Slab Door is one of their best sellers, as it comes with a very enticing price of around $40. It has a classic looking 6 panel design which measures in at 30” x 80”, and comes with a realistic textured finish. It is factory primed, so is ready to paint with the color of choice.
In addition to this it is resistant to shrinking, cracking and warping. Like most other Reliabilt interior doors it is pre-bored, so you simply need to pick out the lockset and install it. Aside from that it is a fairly basic door, but for $40 it is hard to complain! It certainly is good value for money, and you can see why it is one of their best sellers.
Closet Doors – Reliabilt Colonist 6-Panel Molded Composite (Bifold)
While the interior doors sell like hotcakes, there are also a large range of bifolding Reliabilt closet doors that are quite sought after. The Colonist Primed 6-Panel Molded Composite Bifold Door is one such option, and this model retails for the very reasonable price of around $80. This is due to the fact that it has a hollow core which decreases production costs. It measures 36″ x 80″, which is a good space saving size.
The door features a 6 panel design which should look blend in well with most home designs. The door slab and door frame come primed, so are ready for whatever color you want to paint them. If you are in the market for one of the most affordable Reliabilt bifold doors, then be sure to give this one some serious consideration.
Closet Doors – Reliabilt Flush Steel (Sliding)
And finally we come to one of the more popular Reliabilt sliding doors – the Flush Steel Sliding Closet Door. If you prefer a sliding door to a bifold, then this door is a very promising choice. It comes with a lovely glass finish, which features a 3mm thick safety backed mirror. It has a generously sized bottom roller, which has a anti jump feature built in.
The bottom track is quite low, which stops you tripping on it. It comes in three different sizes including 48″ x 80″ (around $137), 60″ x 80″ (around $159), and 72″ x 80″ (around $175). This closet door adds an elegant look to any room , and gives you a quality design at half the normal cost.
So that is a brief look at some of the more popular Reliabilt doors. As you can see there are a huge variety to pick from, and they are a very affordable option. These doors are made by reputable American companies, so we think they are a good choice for any home. We have only heard good things about them this far, so they are certainly worth a look when you need some new doors for your home.