Exterior louvered utility door replacement

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Forum topic by cjccmc posted 10-17-2016 11:04 AM 493 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 11:04 AM

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With the tract homes in my neighborhood at 30+ years the original wood louvered doors are starting to need replacement. My lower one completely rotted due to a neighbors watering habits. The association rules require replacements that look similar to original build (see attached pic)

I’m looking for good low cost options to replace these. These are flush mount doors 24” wide, heights are 25 for lower and 37 for upper doors. Some thoughts and questions are:

1) These cover gas and electric meter compartments, do they need to allow ventilation? (original ones did but that also allows moisture ingress)

2) Are there any louvered look panels out there that can be cut to fit in the frames? Maybe a non-wood product would last longer?

3) Any suppliers out there that make doors like these?

Thanks for any and all assistance.


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#1 posted 10-18-2016 02:10 PM

Not so sound pesky, but a simple Google search should answer your question.

It appears to be a custom made door most likely ordered in bulk by the builder.

Full length louvered doors are readily available at HD, Lowes, etc. but they are interior doors and they are not split like yours appears to be.

I don’t see why they need to be louvered so call your utility company.

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 05:29 PM

I did Google but nothing useful resulted. Also checked at the local big box stores and one specialty wood supply store and nothing there either that addresses requirements I posted above.

From what I found so far the lower smaller door that encloses the gas meter may need some amount of ventilation. The upper for electric meter has no venting requirement.

Not that hard to get just any door that functions but there is the added need to have the uniform appearance of original build, which is louvered look. I know there is a whole world of good info that Google will not catch which is why I posted here.

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 05:47 PM

Whether you can change the look or not would depend on how picky your HOA is..

Might be a cool project to try and tackle yourself with some of that Trex (other brands available) decking.
It’s basically plastic but can be milled the same as regular wood. It’s pricey, but would never rot again.

And if it turns out okay, you might have some income replacing your neighbors doors too

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