Door Locks and Heat

As the weather starts to heat up, the experts at Dori Doors wanted to discuss the way that mechanical door locks can be affected by the Spring and Summer sun. When it comes to security, we want to make sure that our clients are as covered as possible. Sometimes, we recommend replacing keys and locks during the summer if you are working with older locks, as they can often break during this season. Here’s why.

 

Deadbolts and Heat

Doors need to be installed with the utmost care and precision. When keys are placed inside locks and twisted, the lock mechanism is supposed to retract when the door is being opened, or extend out when it’s being locked. When the lock is exposed to heat, you might find that it’s not as easy to turn, or that you might not be able to lock it at all. Sometimes, the door warps in the heat, affecting the lock’s operation. Many doors are wooden, a material which is vastly affected by heat and humidity, expanding during the Summer. This slight swelling will change the way that the locks function, and your ability to keep your house secure.

 

House Keys and Heat Sensitivity

All mechanical objects are affected by the Spring and Summer heat. Keys will expand even when in hands, your pockets, or a backpack or purse. They are subject to lots of wear and tear as they get thrown around alot – wear which exponentially increases due to the heat. During the Summer, your keys might sustains serious distortion, leaving them unable to fit inside your lock.

 

Expert Door Service in the Heat

Make sure that a licensed door expert installs your doors and locks to keep them working correctly. You want to make sure that your home is secure, as the majority of burglaries take place during the Spring and Summer. Have an expert inspect your security locks to see if they lock and unlock correctly, and if you have wooden doors, consider applying heat and moisture protective coating to them before the weather gets even hotter.

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Pros and Cons of Wooden Door Ventilation Frames

Doors are solid barriers set in doorways with lugs or holds – and they can sometimes have ventilators installed above their height. Ventilators are made of two parts – one is the door frame, and one is a door shutter that allows for airflow. Many types of wood are used in door ventilator frames, and is the most popular material for ease of cutting, shaping, and joining together using hand tools. Here’s a guide to some of the pros and cons of wooden door ventilator frames, prepared by the experts at Dori Doors.

 

Pros of Wooden Door Ventilation Frames

  • Wooden frames are not as affected by temperature as metal

  • Wood is a poor conductor of electricity and heat

  • Wood is less prone to condensation

  • Wood provides an attractive classic look

  • Wood allows for custom finishes

  • Wood can be polished or painted in any color

  • Zero risks of rust

  • Simple repairs for joint, frame, and masonry problems with simple wood beading modifications

  • Cheap and easy maintenance

  • Longevity – if a quality wood is used

  • SImple frame alterations and additions

  • Heightened wind and air resistance

 

Cons of Wooden Door Ventilation Frames

  • Wooden frames can be affected by insects

  • High quality wood is more expensive than cheap metal frames (but still worth it in our opinion)

  • Many suppliers provide poor quality wood, which contains knots, rotting, and a low level of shelf (and door frame) time value

  • Twisting can occur if the wrong type of wood is used

  • Wooden door frames are affected by air moisture, and can expand or contract (but then again, so does, and can, metal door frames.)

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Advantages of Fiberglass Doors

Installing Fiberglass doors has some advantages over installing wood or metal doors. They can be made to look just like wood, are tougher than most doors, and resist climate changes with superior quality. Many fiberglass doors are also said to be environmentally safe. Some new materials, including the Therma-Tru Accugrain looks just like real wood grain.

 

Pros of Fiberglass Doors

Fiberglass doors are more expensive than normal grades of wooden and metallic doors, but their benefits will make the investment worth it. They are hard to scratch, and rarely warp or peel – and are much more weather resistant than wooden doors. Fiberglass doors:

  • Are tough than vinyl doors

  • Are available in massive selections of styles and colors

  • Have size customizability

  • Require little maintenance

  • Never buckle

  • Can look like real wood grain

  • Offer fantastic dent protection

  • Are easy to paint

  • Offer quality insulation, as they are often stuffed with foam

 

Installing Fiberglass Doors

The cost of fiberglass doors range based on how they are installed and finished. They run averagely around $500 for normal doors, and can be around $2,500 for special customized foor projects. Extra sealing and staining processes might cost extra money. The various factors that can have an affect on how much a fiberglass door’s materials cost and installations service pricing are:

  • The size and shape of the door

  • The style of the window

  • How the door is painted

  • Finishing

  • Weather resistant / protective staining

  • Style details

  • Extra door hardware

 

An additional factor to take into consideration is what type of material the fiberglass door and it’s frame will be installed onto. Fiberglass doors can usually be installed for the same price that wooden doors can be, but in order to get a custom accurate price predictor, you should ask your door installation expert for a ‘field installation estimate’ – in which all the dimensions and measurements of the door and it’s opening will be factored together to provide you a total price.

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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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