Painting Doors

Are you planning on painting any doors in your home by yourself? It can help to have the right preparation, materials, tools, and technique. This will ensure you have the correct results that you are happy with. Follow Dori Door‘s professional tips in order to make an old door look spruced up and beautiful.

 

First put the door flat

This will help you avoid any dripping or running paint. Yes we know it’s tempting to paint the door while it’s standing. But if you want the paint job to have a truly smooth finish you need to remove the hinges ,knobs, and hardware – and lay it completely flat on sawhorses. This way you can avoid any dripping or paint sags – and of course, paint both sides in a day if the door is also rested on top of lag screws.

 

Clean the door before you paint

It’s smart to wash the existing finish on the door before you paint in order to guarantee that the new paint will successfully adhere to the door’s surface. Even high quality paint won’t stick fantastically if there’s oil and dirt on the door, which there is always a lot of, especially in the area near the knob where tons of human hands touch it. Before you prime or fill any holes in the door, make sure to scrub it with heavy duty cleaner, and let it dry irst.

 

Be aware of paint build up

Paint build up, over many years, can cause a door to scratch against it’s jamb or interfere with the door stop. THe best way to get rid of paint build up is by using a sharp steel or carbide scraper. After you scrape the door, sand it to smooth it down. We recommend sandpaper rather than a power sander, as high power sanders can melt paint. If you have a fiberglass door with flaky paint, chemicals trip it rather than sanding it down. If you rhome was built before 1979, check to see if the door has lead paint on it before you scrape or sand it down.

 

Fill Door Holes

Make sure to spackle any dents or holes in the door, and if you’re dealing with deep holes, use two-part or epoxy wood fillers.

 

Pre-Painting Primer

Make sure to use primer on the door to prevent staining, unintentional dark marks, and allow the new paint to adhere better. Primer also helps the new paint job look more even. Don’t’ just prime in particular spots, but prime evenly across the entire door. If you’re covering up a color painted door, use a gray tinted primer rather than a white one.

 

Look for remaining holes after priming

Any hidden holes in the door you  may have missed will be able to be more easily spotted after you prime the door. After the door primer dries up, shine a strong light on the door, and if you find any remaining holes, fill it with spackle, sand it, and reprime it with the same applicator that you used the first time.

 

Sand the Door between Coats of Paint (after it dries)

This will help get rid of any dust or unintentional dust parts that may stick to the door between layers of paint. Hands And the door between dried coats of paint, but not too hard, or even use a sanding sponge that does not clog or stearate the door (this will be on the sponge level.) Then vacuum the door and wipe it with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust.

 

Use a foam paint roller

This helps you avoid garish brush marks, and allow you to spread paint smoothly and evenly without a gross bumpy surface. They also let you easily paint into corners of the door. Use brushes first on panels, but then apply new coats with the foam roller. Foam rollers should also be used with primer.

 

Wait Two Days before closing the door

Make sure to wait until the door is truly dry before allowing it to close, as paint can take a long long time to dry – especially in humid environments. To be safe, allow the door’s new paint to dry over two days before shutting the door.

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Contemporary Door Styles

Contemporary doors serve one primary, utilitarian purpose; to be open and shut. Modern design is based in the principal of form following function – basically, that an item’s design should be fully based on what it’s purpose is. Contemporary/modern architecture started in the 20th century, and is the base of what most buildings have their primary styles based on today.

 

Simplicity and Baroque Design

Contemporary doors, due to the above mentioned design principles, are often simple in their design – with very little baroque ornamentation, and lots of clean lines. However, this does not mean you need to sacrifice attractiveness. Since simple design is a primary principle of contemporary door architecture, one of the best modern door designs involves the emphasis on a splash of color – whether being solid, or part of patterns or prints. Which is better is based on where in the home or business the door is located, and also, of course, on your personal taste, This color emphasis can be considered ‘the new baroque architecture’ in a minimal way.

 

Questions for Contemporary Door Design

Are we talking an exterior or interior door? Inside doors offer much more flexibility for how they can be painted, with the possibility of a paint job moderating the flow of light and energy inside your home. External doors, of course, will be exposed to the weather, and will be seen by visitors and passersby. Of course, there’s also the possibility of total simplicity. Office doors don’t necessarily need to ‘pop’ – but need to have an emphasis on durability and function based on their specific purpose,

 

Contemporary Door Materials

Since many modern homes are much smaller than home used to be, the sleek appearance of contemporary doors are meant to make homes feel and appear larger. Contemporarily designed doors come in a range of styles and materials, from minimally wooden doors, to strong and secure looking metallic doors. Wood can be a solid piece, laminated, paneled, smooth or rough hewn. Metal can be stainless steel, iron, or even a warm colored copper. You can opt for classical, minimal, garish, bright, homey, or futuristic aesthetics. Glass can also be used in both interior or exterior doors to help move natural lighting through rooms – and is even available in design patterns like frosted or rippled glass.

 

Sliding doors are also an option to consider – as exterior doors made of glass to a backyard, or interior wooden sliding doors to maximize flow of air and create a warm sense of coziness. Some doors even combine all three materials, fusing wood, metal, and glass together into a truly contemporary design.

 

There’s fantastic options for custom design of contemporary doors, whether you’re looking for a minimal or classically cozy approach – so we urge you to consider exactly what aesthetic you’re going for, so that the experts at Dori Doors can make your entranceway dreams a reality!

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Reasons to Purchase an Iron Door

Iron doors offer a stately, classic, yet strangely warm vibe for front or interior doors that conjure up images of the beautiful streets of New Orleans. Here’s Dori Doors’ top five reasons to purchase an iron door.

 

Curb Beautification

Wrought iron entry doors are beautiful looking. You can integrate them into modern aesthetics, or even a subtle classically simple look; basically, luxury iron doors can be worked into any kind of style. It will make your home stick out on your block with strong elegant resonance, and any guests will be impressed by your home during their entrance, as the door is one of the first things they see. There’s endless custom design possibilities for intricate iron designs, so if you want your home to stand out in a beautiful way, buy a wrought iron door!

 

Home Value

Regardless of whether or not you want to sell your home soon, by installing a beautiful wrought iron door in your home, you will increase the value of your rhome. Wrought iron doors are beautiful, durable, and increase the aesthetic curb appeal of your home. – meaning that they will help make anybody considering purchasing your home up their proposed price! Installing an iron door means that when you sell your home, the investment of installing the door will be paid back in full, or even with surplus profit!

 

Longevity

Wrought iron entrance doors are made with some of the finest and most durable materials in the market, often undergoing an extensive process of coating and strengthening by some of the most talented classical wrought iron door artisans in the entire business.

 

Easy Maintenance

It’s easy to keep wrought iron doors up to quality for years to come. Simply utilize a non abrasive cleaning solution and rag in order to clean your wrought iron entrance door – nothing more complicated than that. The experts at Dori Doors personally recommend the use of an oil based soap in order to keep doors very shiny and beautiful for literally generations.

 

High Security

Iron doors are much harder to break through than glass or wooden doors. Any potential burglar or criminal who want to enter your home will likely not even attempt breaking through your door, because not only is it nearly impossible to do so, but any attempt methods will be incredibly loud and conspicuous. Due to this, installing a wrought iron door can really help protect your home.

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Burglar Proofing Doors

Since it’s estimated that at least seventy percent of home invasions occur when the burglar enters a door (front doors, patio doors, back doors, and garage doors,) it’s smart to learn some simple strategies for burglar proofing doors in your home. Here’s Dori Doors’ tips for ensuring that all the doors in your home are secure and able to protect you from any forms of intruders.

 

Solidity

Make sure that any doors that lead to outside are made of solid materials, sturdy, and absolutely kick proof. Get a solid wood door or a door with a solid wood core, or a door made of fiberglass or metal. If you’re getting a metal door, get one that’s internally reinforced, and has a lock block (so it’s not vulnerable to cracking with a car jack.) The safest option available is a reinforced steel door – however these require a bit of maintenance in order to prevent rusting.

 

Windows

We don’t recommend door windows. Door windows are usually made to allow light to go through your entrance, however they are also a security risk. If a window can be accessed, and is nearby the lock, it won’t be hard for someone to enter your home by smashing your window, leaning their arm in, and unlocking your door from the inside. If you’re installing a brand new door, get one without a window. If you absolutely want a window door, or already have one, make sure it has reinforced glass, and even metallic bars as a security reinforcement. If it fits within your local fire code, install a secondary door lock near the floor, far from where a burglar could reach it.

 

Plant Life

Never have large shrubs, trees, or bushes, nearby your doors or windows, as it makes it much too easy for a burglar to secretly crouch until the perfect moment that they can break into your home.

 

Deadbolts

Door security is fully based on what lock it contains – and even solid steel doors can be broken with a strong kick if the lock doesn’t go deep enough into the frame of the door. Make sure to choose a trusted brand name for your lock, and don’t be cheap – you don’t need the most expensive lock, but buying the cheapest one won’t be doing your home security any favors either.

 

Multiple Security Layers

We recommend installing a second one sided deadbolt, that don’t have keyed access to outside – but can be locked when you’re home or inside the house, making it almost impossible for a burglar to outwit. This is a great solution that provides you peace of mind while you’re home with the people you love, or even just sleeping.

 

Sliding on Down

Sliding glass doors can be seen as enticing options for burglars, but there’s a lot that you can do to help secure them. Make sure your doors are crafted out of reinforced polycarbonate plastic or reinforced glass, and keep them locked at all times. Insert a solid metallic or wood dowel inside it’s track – at about a quarter less than the length of the track, to prevent the door from being able to be opened with sheer force. Make sure to install motion sensors or vibration sensors that will sound a loud alarm and contact law enforcement in case the glass of the door is shattered. Additionally, we recommend installing curtains on the inside of the door, to prevent providing an tempting view of your belongings for the outside world to see.

 

Door Frames

The door jamb and frame are essential door security tools – and if they are weak, they can be bested with a strong kick. Make sure to install a sturdy, deep box strike made of steel to contain the deadbolt bolt, and secure it in place with 3 inch long screws that go directly into the wall studs (as opposed to simply attaching to the doorjamb, which should in turn, be reinforced with galvanized steel for further impact resistance.)

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Doggy Doors

If your home has a yard contained by a fence, installing a doggy door can create an added level of convenience for you and your dog (or even cat that ventures outdoors.) It can allow them to exit and enter the house as they need without the necessity for your personal assistance. This can be very helpful for pets that are trained to sleep or use the bathroom outside, and if you’re gone for long periods during the daytime. Doggy doors can be a true godsend for many residential applications, but before you think of purchasing one, you should consider these factors prepared by the bipedal experts at Dori Doors.

 

Installing Doggy Doors

Installing pet doors require a bit of specialized labor, but it can certainly be accomplished by yourself with a bit of preparation and training. There’s different kinds of doggy doors that have different levels of installation difficulty, but most are fairly easy. The majority of do it yourself doggy door installation operations include doors ranging from:

  • Sliding Door Inserts

This involves glass dog door inserts being fit inside the opening of a sliding glass door, screwed into the frame, and secured with a sliding door lock. The only drawback to this style of doggy door, is it doesn’t have great insulation.

 

  • Flapping Doors

These doggy doors are installed inside walls or existing doors, and consist of a flap made of plastic to block the door opening. You can usually place a cover over the flap to help lock the door when you don’t want your dog to escape, and if you have a jigsaw you can install the door on your own.

 

  • Automatic Doggy Doors

These doors utilize technology to improve the security level of flapping door designs. This door can slide up or down when it’s triggered by an electronic sensor chip that’s placed on your dog’s collar – and if any other animal or person tries to enter through it, the door won’t open for them.

 

Doggy Door Safety

While doggy doors add a fantastic level of convenience for homes with pets, it’s important to consider these safety precautions in order to prevent any animals or intruders from being able to get inside your home.

  • Make sure to install doggy doors away from main entrance doors so that somebody won’t be able to contact inner door handles or locks through its opening.
  • If your dog is large enough, make sure to install the door at the very least, five inches off the ground so to prevent tinier animals from being able to access the opening.
  • If you’re using a doggy door with a sliding cover, make sure that you can lock the door at night.

 

Energy Efficiency and Doggy Doors

Since many doggy doors open up directly towards outside, warm or cool air can escape through it, potentially making your home cold or warm in an unwanted fashion, and even increasing your energy bills as you adjust heating or cooling to compensate. However, energy-efficient, insulated doggy doors create an airtight seal that helps prevent atmospheric exchange between your home and the outside world, or you can use dual-flap doors for an added level of protection and insulation.

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Doggy Doors

If your home has a yard contained by a fence, installing a doggy door can create an added level of convenience for you and your dog (or even cat that ventures outdoors.) It can allow them to exit and enter the house as they need without the necessity for your personal assistance. This can be very helpful for pets that are trained to sleep or use the bathroom outside, and if you’re gone for long periods during the daytime. Doggy doors can be a true godsend for many residential applications, but before you think of purchasing one, you should consider these factors.

 

Installing Doggy Doors

Installing pet doors require a bit of specialized labor, but it can certainly be accomplished by yourself with a bit of preparation and training. There’s different kinds of doggy doors that have different levels of installation difficulty, but most are fairly easy. The majority of do it yourself doggy door installation operations include doors ranging from:

  • Sliding Door Inserts

This involves glass dog door inserts being fit inside the opening of a sliding glass door, screwed into the frame, and secured with a sliding door lock. The only drawback to this style of doggy door, is it doesn’t have great insulation.

 

  • Flapping Doors

These doggy doors are installed inside walls or existing doors, and consist of a flap made of plastic to block the door opening. You can usually place a cover over the flap to help lock the door when you don’t want your dog to escape, and if you have a jigsaw you can install the door on your own.

 

  • Automatic Doggy Doors

These doors utilize technology to improve the security level of flapping door designs. This door can slide up or down when it’s triggered by an electronic sensor chip that’s placed on your dog’s collar – and if any other animal or person tries to enter through it, the door won’t open for them.

 

Doggy Door Safety

While doggy doors add a fantastic level of convenience for homes with pets, it’s important to consider these safety precautions in order to prevent any animals or intruders from being able to get inside your home.

  • Make sure to install doggy doors away from main entrance doors so that somebody won’t be able to contact inner door handles or locks through it’s opening.
  • If your dog is large enough, make sure to install the door at the very least, five inches off the ground so to prevent tinier animals from being able to access the opening.
  • If you’re using a doggy door with a sliding cover, make sure that you can lock the door at night.

 

Energy Efficiency and Doggy Doors

Since many doggy doors open up directly towards outside, warm or cool air can escape through it, potentially making your home cold or warm in an unwanted fashion, and even increasing your energy bills as you adjust heating or cooling to compensate. However, energy-efficient, insulated doggy doors create an air tight seal that helps prevent atmospheric exchange between your home and the outside world, or you can use dual-flap doors for an added level of protection and insulation.

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Burglar Proofing Doors

Since it’s estimated that at least seventy percent of home invasions occur when the burglar enters a door (front doors, patio doors, back doors, and garage doors,) it’s smart to learn some simple strategies for burglar proofing doors in your home. Here’s our tips for ensuring that all the doors in your home are secure and able to protect you from any forms of intruders.

 

Solidity

Make sure that any doors that lead to outside are made of solid materials, sturdy, and absolutely kick proof. Get a solid wood door or a door with a solid wood core, or a door made of fiberglass or metal. If you’re getting a metal door, get one that’s internally reinforced, and has a lock block (so it’s not vulnerable to cracking with a car jack.) The safest option available is a reinforced steel door – however these require a bit of maintenance in order to prevent rusting.

 

Windows

We don’t recommend door windows. Door windows are usually made to allow light to go through your entrance, however they are also a security risk. If a window can be accessed, and is nearby the lock, it won’t be hard for someone to enter your home by smashing your window, leaning their arm in, and unlocking your door from the inside. If you’re installing a brand new door, get one without a window. If you absolutely want a window door, or already have one, make sure it has reinforced glass, and even metallic bars as a security reinforcement. If it fits within your local fire code, install a secondary door lock near the floor, far from where a burglar could reach it.

 

Plant Life

Never have large shrubs, trees, or bushes, nearby your doors or windows, as it makes it much too easy for a burglar to secretly crouch until the perfect moment that they can break into your home.

 

Deadbolts

Door security is fully based on what lock it contains – and even solid steel doors can be broken with a strong kick if the lock doesn’t go deep enough into the frame of the door. Make sure to choose a trusted brand name for your lock, and don’t be cheap – you don’t need the most expensive lock, but buying the cheapest one won’t be doing your home security any fabors either.

 

Multiple Security Layers

We recommend installing a second one sided deadbolt, that don’t have keyed access to outside – but can be locked when you’re home or inside the house, making it almost impossible for a burglar to outwit. This is a great solution that provides you peace of mind while you’re home with the people you love, or even just sleeping.

 

Sliding on Down

Sliding glass doors can be seen as enticing options for burglars, but there’s a lot that you can do to help secure them. Make sure your doors are crafted out of reinforced polycarbonate plastic or reinforced glass, and keep them locked at all times. Insert a solid metallic or wood dowel inside it’s track – at about a quarter less than the length of the track, to prevent the door from being able to be opened with sheer force. Make sure to install motion sensors or vibration sensors that will sound a loud alarm and contact law enforcement in case the glass of the door is shattered. Additionally, we recommend installing curtains on the inside of the door, to prevent providing an tempting view of your belongings for the outside world to see.

 

Door Frames

The door jamb and frame are essential door security tools – and if they are weak, they can be bested with a strong kick. Make sure to install a sturdy, deep box strike made of steel to contain the deadbolt bolt, and secure it in place with 3 inch long screws that go directly into the wall studs (as opposed to simply attaching to the doorjamb, which should in turn, be reinforced with galvanized steel for further impact resistance.)

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What to look for in NYC Commercial Door Repair

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If you own a commercial location in New York City you must understand the high importance of keeping a pristine commercial door – as well as the value of a door repair company that you can rely on for professional service, whether booked in advance or on emergency short notice. The fact is that not every single commercial door repair service is built the same – and the best way to give your business what it deserves is to hire the best possible commercial door repair service possible. Here are the most important traits of a really professional commercial door repair service.

 

Ability to Fix Every Kind of Door

Regardless of whatever kind of door is giving you issues, the door repair service should be able to repair it with no problem. A truly professional commercial door repair service can work on any variety of door: automatic doors, warehouse doors, fire doors, overheads, roll-ups, and of course, regular entrance doors.

 

Professionalism and Skill

Every single service person employed by the NYC commercial door repair service should have a professional appearance – and more importantly, full safety training with all aspects of door repair, which can include processes such as loading, ladder climbing, and torch welding. Not only should every employee of the company have full understanding of safety procedures, but they should also be helpful, courteous, and provide amazing results.

 

24/7 Availability

You never know when you’re going to need service for your NYC businesses’ commercial doors. Door issues can range from innocuous to extremely serious, and some absolutely need to be remedied as fast as possible. If your business suffers a break in or a weather pattern related door issue, it’s simply not possible to wait a few days until a repair person can come in. You need a service that can come directly to your location at any hour of day, any day of the year.

 

Dori Doors’ Professionalism

When you require on the spot professional assistance with your business or commercial location’s doors, look no further than Dori Doors. Businesses’ throughout NYC rely on us for instant, on the spot, professional service for all door issues on a 24/7, 365 basis. There’s simply no better option in the Big Apple.

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Automatic Door Benefits

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When customers first come to your commercial location, the first thing that they will notice is your doors. Automatically opening and closing doors make a great first impression on any customer, since they make it much easier for them to enter or exit your location. They can make your business less hectic, more efficient, and more convenient. When an automatic door is properly installed by a professional (like those at Dori Doors) they offer a plethora of benefits, such as:

 

Lessening Traffic

Automatic Doors reduce the traffic flow through your business. Visitors won’t have their pace slowened by manual or slowly revolving doors, and can quickly and safely enter and exit since the door opens automatically for them.

 

Makes your Business Energy Efficient

Automatically shutting doors work with the structure of your building, and can be locked after closing times. They respond to weather, and won’t allow for air transfer with the space outside your shop, helping lower the energy bills for heating or cooling your store.

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA requires businesses to accommodate those in wheelchairs or with other forms of disabilities. Automatic doors comply with these regulations by automatically opening by touching an adjacent button, and they are built with enough width to easily accommodate any size of wheelchair or motor scooter.

 

Hands Free

This makes it easier for customers or workers to enter or exit your business even when their hands are full of packages, bags, or working materials. Any adult with a small child will appreciate being able to enter or exit a store without having to let go of their kid’s hand. All in all, it makes it much more convenient for everybody.

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Securing Sliding Doors

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Sliding doors can make a beautiful addition to any New York City home or business, allowing natural light to flow through and illuminate your space. However, if you have sliding doors, it’s imperative that you take extra security measures to make sure that burglars can’t enter your home through them. Deadbolts work great for regular doors and windows, but they don’t work great with sliding doors. Try these security measures instead:

 

First try the included lock

Many sliding doors come with an included lock usually within it’s handle, which secures the door to it’s frame. Test this lock by locking it and stepping outside and trying to pull it open. If the door moves at all, the latch isn’t working or the frame is loose – fix these issues as soon as possible by contacting a professional door repair service like Dori Doors.

Slide Lock Bars

These essentially are thick metallic or wooden bars, which are cut at a specific measurement to fit into your door’s lower track. When leaving your home, place the slide lock bar into the track, preventing it from being able to open.

 

Rollers and Tracks

The majority of sliding doors can move side to side on plastic rollers, but if these rollers suffer any sort of damage or warping, the door can be much more easily lifted up out of the track, providing somebody entrance into your home. If the door isn’t rolling the right way, lift it out of the track, and clean out any objects or dirt that may have gotten lodged inside the track. If the door still won’t roll the right way, try to adjust the size of the rollers by using a screwdriver on their included adjusting spaces to either contract or expand them.

 

Alarm Systems

Wire your in house alarm systems to your sliding door. This way, if the door is opened once the alarm is armed, a loud alarm will sound – scaring away any potential burglar, as well as contacting the authorities. Another possibility is the installation of sensors that will sound in case the glass of these sliding doors get smashed.

 

Additional Sliding Door Locks

Install an additional sliding door lock which works with a single or double bolt system, which attaches to the door’s closing area and latches into place with the bolts. The majority of these lock systems can be adjusted, and either replace or add an additional security layer to the existing lock on the sliding door. These locks are available in keyed varieties, as well as with built in battery powered loud alarms included.

 

Last Resorts

If these measures don’t work, you may want to install a new, properly aligned sliding door. You may also want to replace the entire door’s frame with one that has strong metallic tracks that are properly installed throughout the entire length (many are only secured at the corners.) We highly recommend you hire the professional door repair experts at Dori Doors, so you can ensure that all doors and door hardware is properly installed.

 

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