We want to replace our cheap-looking masonite front door with a simple solid wood exterior door. This door is on a porch, so it is protected from the sun and rain. We've shopped around a bit, but would like some recommendations from anyone who has bought such a door. We're looking at Pat's Doors, Adobe Door, and Santa Fe Door. (Pat's has a line of doors from a company called Buffelen.) Anyone had experience with exterior doors from these sources? Are we overlooking any other good sources? Thanks for your help!

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The three you mention are all good. They'll carefully prep your doors to fit in a specific opening if you need that, and their service is good, especially Pat's. For artsy doors — up there a little in price but some truly beautiful doors, especially their rustic/Spanishy exterior doors — Autumn Wood in the South Valley is also worth looking at: www.autumnwood.com. If price is a concern and you don't mind the big box scene, it's hard to beat the prices at Lowe's and Home Depot if they have a door you like. I've gone that route in the past and have been pleased with the results.
If you are interested in used and can drop in from time to time, you might get lucky at Restore.
We got our door at Grand River Door, a family owned company in Bernalillo. You can check out all the options on line using their wizard, and they sell all hardware too. Doors come as prehung or very simply A Door that you have to hang yourself. Our door was $600, plus more for hardware.
We have used all 3 and all are very good to deal with. We use Pat's primarily. Another that we really like is Autumn Wood.
If you have a southwestern house, you can't beat Grand River Supply.

http://www.grandriversupply.com/
We love our door from Autumn Wood. Great locksets, too.
Used Pat's and one of their recommended installers. Love the way it turned out. Can't say enough good things about it. Good luck!
Chris Sandoval on third street just north of lomas, behind the courthouse, makes very nice custom doors...or used to, anyway. May be a bit pricey, though,...Artisans of the Desert.
Thanks, everyone for your responses. I think we'll go with Pat's Doors. I'll let you know how it goes!

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