You can't change the door from the living area/laundry room to the garage to fiberglass. It has to be fire rated and I don't think any common FG doors are. You say the current door is composite? Is it hollow or solid? Solid is normally acceptable, hollow is not. You could change the slab for a solid core door which would help somewhat with insulation as well. How thick is the door with glass? I know you said exterior type, but you can get thinner doors with glass as well. Exterior should be 1 3/4 thick. Interior is normally 1 3/8 Were the laundry room and garage added on after the house was built? That might explain the door with glass. You might try just weatherstripping the doors initially, if they don't have any. Air leakage will allow a lot of cold air through. Even replacing/sealing the doors may not help if the walls aren't insulated.
Quote: I don't think there's any way I'll be able to get a pre-hung unit down there--all routes to the basement involve tight turns one way or another. You plan on putting a 60 wide double door yet you have no way of getting the unit to the opening? What is on the outside that you would want a double door but not plan on enough room to get something that large down there. Is it a walk out basement? Why can't you get there from the outside?
Thanks for the replies and sorry for the delay, I was subscribed to this thread but didn't see any notification. First, the reason for the double door was to have the ability to have the 2 adjoining finished rooms have the ability to feel more like a single space with both doors wide open yet be able to close them off when needed. The original plan for the new room was a home theater or rec room. There's a pool table in the currently finished space that may move to the new room, so it'd be a bonus not to have to fully disassemble it. The basement access is through a bulkhead into the existing basement. I believe a pre-hung unit would not be able to make the transition from the angle of the stairs to the basement floor without hitting a headroom limit. @joecaption1: thanks for the info. Sounds like a real challenge for me, nothing wrong with that...what else would I do when I get home from work...relax? I understood most of what you said, although I was surprised about the jamb extensions. I was thinking that the rest of the opening would be sheetrocked but it didn't seem right to have sheetrock butting up against the jamb so the extension solves this. Here's a picture I drew up with my latest thoughts before I read the replies above: Regarding a one piece rough opening, that doesn't seem possible even with 2x12s? The concrete is 10 thick then walls on either side...at least 18 wide total, wider with 2 XPS under the new walls. That also means the jamb extension would need to be even wider. Regarding the level of the floor, I figure I can deal with cutting the bottom of the door to clear it and adding sweeps if desired. So I think the latest thinking would have me replace the new sheetrock inside the opening in the drawing above with jamb extensions, probably biscuit jointed to the primary jamb. Let me know if I'm on the right track. Thanks
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