Outswing and Inswing Doors

Exterior doors are one of the most important functional elements of your home’s facade, providing security and protection from the elements. Patio doors are also important, as it’s the connection of the interior of your home to the outside. If you wish to install a brand new hinged patio door or replace your front entry door, you need to decide if you want to install an outswing or inswing door; and here, the experts at Dori Doors will educate you so you can better make that important decision.

 

Deciding Based on Space

Your decision on whether to install an inswing or outswing door should be based on the space of your home, and the layout of your patio or entranceway. Maybe your patio leads outdoors from the kitchen and has a table right in front of it – in this situation, you’re going to want an outswing door to give you comfortable room to maneuver. However, if there’s low amounts of space on the interior of the area, or you keep a bookshelf, plants, or a table right outside the entrance, you are going to want an inswing door.

 

Swinging Codes

  • Doors in Hurricane Areas swing outwardly: The major winds from storms or hurricanes are likely to push inward facing doors open – so outswing doors are installed in areas that may be vulnerable to winds, as winds can’t push them open from outside.
  • Doors that lead to snowy areas swing inwards: There’s areas where it can easily snow over 2 or 3 feet during a Winter snowstorm or blizzard – and in these areas, entrance and patio doors are made to swing inwards, so you can’t get trapped inside your home if there’s a massive amount of snow that begins to press and seal against your door.
  • Public doors swing out: Doors in all commercial buildings swing outwards, which is a protection measure to allow for safe evacuation – if there’s tons of people swarming to leave a building at the same time, inwards opening doors would make it impossible for them to go through – so doors are installed to open outwards, allowing for swift exit.

 

Operation Logic

  • Outswing doors have compression gaskets and positive stops which make a weather tight, friction-less seal that allows the door to be easily opened.
  • Inswing doors have sweep gaskets at their thresholds to prevent leakage of water and air – these gaskets utilize friction in order to seal airtight – however they can be somewhat harder to open, with stiffer, rather than fluid motion.

 

Security Notes

  • Outswing doors are hard to open up from the outside of a building which makes them a great security choice – except for the fact that their hinges are on the outside, so you need to choose hinges without removable pins in order to ensure your home security.
  • Inswing doors have interior hinges which protect from tampering, however they can be forced open much more easily due to their direction of entrance – this can be prevented through the installation of deadbolt locks and heavy duty strike plates.
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Right and Left Handed Doors

You might have decided to replace the doors in your house. You should be aware of what sides the hinges are on, as ordering a door with hinges on the wrong side can be frustratingly inconvenient. In order to help you understand your door purchase better, the experts at Dori Doors have prepared a guide to help you understand the variations between right and left handed doors.

 

Telling Right Handed from Left Handed Doors

Stand with your back on the hinged side of the door jamb. If the door opens to your right, it’s a right handed door. If it opens leftward, it’s a left handed door. It’s that simple! Another trick to verify is by facing the door on the side that swings away from your body. Hold up your hands, and pretend your wrists are the door hinges, and your hands are doors. If your right hand swings with it’s hinges on the same side as the door that’s in front of you, it’s a right handed door. If your left hand mimics the movement of the door in front of you, it’s a left handed door.

 

You might find placing a new door order confusing, especially fi you can’t see it right in front of you. You will have to specify if you want a right handed or left handed door to swing either inward (into the interior of your house) or outwards (to the exterior of your house.) It’s best to order doors in person or with the consultation of a professional door expert.

 

Making a decision between a Right Handed or Left Handed Door

This may not make a major difference, especially if you’re ambidextrous. Or it might make a huge difference in your comfort or ergonomic ability to comfortably operate your door. If you have an obstruction or wall that’s perpendicular to one side of the door, that’s where the hinges should be, allowing the door to open against the wall, giving you room to walk through or perhaps carry something through. The direction from which you walk up to the door also makes a difference – if there’s stairs going up to the door on the wall that’s parallel to the stairs, make sure the hinges are on the far side of the door so that it opens towards the stairs, so you don’t have to walk around the door in order to go inside the room.

 

Changing a Door’s Swing Direction

If you’re renovating your home and want to change the direction your door swings in, you can have us do this without the requirement of a door replacement. Simply modify the positioning of the strike plate and hinges on the door jamb, and switch the hardware placement of the door. This is best handled by a professional expert, like those at Dori Doors.

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Common Kinds of Automatic Commercial Doors

Automatic commercial doors are necessities for any professional business that gets high amount of traffic, They provide an impression of professionalism and allow customers to feel comfortable. The type of commercial automatic door that’s right for a business depends on what volume of traffic they get. Here’s Dori Door’s guide to the three most common kinds of Automatic Commercial Doors: telescoping, swinging, and sliding.

 

Automatic Sliding Doors

These doors are commonly found in hospitals, grocery stores, or retail establishments, and provide customers a hands-free entrance into a business. They consist of either a single door that slides in a single direction, or two doors that slide in opposite directions away from eachother. Automatic sliding doors provide energy savings, since the door is only open when someone is coming into or leaving the business, and offer a fantastic solution for businesses with lots of foot traffic.

 

Automatic Swinging Doors

These doors usually control traffic flow through exits or entrances, these doors utilize guard railings to restrict certain traffic movement. They are often found inside schools, apartment buildings, or offices. They are available for installation in exterior or interior places, and are almost always compatible for disability accommodation.

 

Automatic Telescoping Doors

These doors are perfect for places where there’s minimal space, or space is very expensive, as they can be installed in very small entrance ways. These doors are made of a collection of smaller panels that slide and stack on each other in order to create a wide space of clearance. These doors are often found inside banks, government office buildings, and airports.

 

Automatic commercial doors are total essentials for every type of business. Depending on your type of business, the experts at Dori Doors will help you choose and purchase the exact right type of door for your commercial location’s needs.

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Appreciating Front Doors

Dori Doors maintains a steadfast commitment to fulfilling the needs of our customers through our door installation, repair, and maintenance services. To us, doors aren’t just entranceways – they’re something much deeper.

Looking Closer at Doors

All regular objects are made up of much deeper meanings. In order to understand these meanings, you need to suspend your mundane everyday distractions and take the time to really look at the object, analyze its essence.

 

Doors, on first glance, seem completely normal and bland, yet functionally necessary. When you take the time to think about what doors really mean to people’s lives, it’s much deeper than simply appreciating them. The fact that doors kind of blend into the background truly camouflages the real meaning they have over all of our lives.

 

It can be hard, at first, to understand the very normal concept of a front door as being anything but a classical solution to the practical need for an entrance and exit way to a home. Since they seem so familiar, it can be easy to fall into the pit of perception that an object that seems so wholly mundane and unexceptional can only have a meaning for a basic human need, and nothing more.

 

Think about the Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘door’; “A hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building or room.” That simple, rote definition seems to color doors as simply being a utilitarian tool for people’s convenience, and little more. This definition doesn’t even get close to tackling how door’s delineate the separation between private and public space – on both a social and spiritual level. They keep strangers outside, from simply walking into your home, and they also differentiate the climate controlled environment of your home with the hot or cold outdoors. Even this account doesn’t quite wholly capture the true importance of a door.

The Deeper Meaning of Doors

Doors are born out of human need and necessity. As society evolved, it became necessary to implement barriers to control passing between exterior and the interior spaces close to people’s hearts – and from that end, you can consider a front door as representing the basic and universal human need to seek out and maintain privacy, safety, comfort, health – while staying independent.

 

On this hand, doors also help affect human relationships. Regular plain old doors serve out their original functions for privacy, but a regular flat and non-transparent door sacrifices the other human need for company. When a door is simply built to be functional, left to bare bones design, it does not invite any sort of entry into one’s home – jettisoning the human importance of social interaction. As a tool and symbol of human’s public lives and private spaces ,doors simultaneously shut out and secure, and invite and welcome.

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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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Choosing the Right Patio Doors

When you’re purchasing replacement patio doors, you have to consider their visual appeal. Doors play a huge part in magnifying your home’s curb appeal, and patio doors need to also be highly functional and durable to maintain the security of your home. In this brief blog post, the experts at Dori Doors will give you some detail as to what factors to pay attention to when choosing the right patio doors for your home.

 

Security

Cheap patio doors provide a false sense of security and make people think that their home is protected from forced entry, while in reality these doors can be opened easily by even inexperienced burglars with rudimentary tools. Patio doors need to be created out of a sturdy and strong framing material. This material needs to be thick, and able to deny any attempts at forced intrusion. Not only does it need a solid frame but it also needs a complex and working lock mechanism. For the most part, a patio bolt deadbolt alone isn’t enough to thwart a truly determined burglar.

 

Energy Efficiency

Most hinged and sliding patio doors are mostly made of glass, pay close attention to how well this glass is glazed. Basic clear glass won’t prevent extra heat gain inside your home during the Summer, or provide quality thermal insulation during the Winter. The best choice is to choose double paned patio doors with special, Low Energy input/output coatings that are spectrally selective and treated with argon gas to block out the rays of the Sun without reflecting it’s light.

 

Ease of Use

Consider how much space you’re utilizing this door for. If your doors are inside a tiny area, try to use gliding patio doors in order to conserve precious real estate space when the doors are being opened. If you’re choosing between swinging patio door units, make sure to pay attention to the wall placement/structure and the way your furniture or the inside room is organized in order to determine the right layout for installation/door opening.

 

Longevity

Since patio doors are half outside and constantly exposed to the weather, hinged and patio doors without waterproof finishes can quickly degrade due to natural moisture in the air. It’s essential that you make sure these doors have external cladding that’s protected from the heat in order to keep their color intact for years to come.

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History of Revolving Doors

Original Revolving Doors

Revolving doors have been around for 150 years. They are often found on the ground floors of very tall buildings which clues you into their purpose. They don’t just function as a way to enter or exit these buildings, but there’s a science behind their purpose. Their original German name, according to their inventor, an H. Bockhacker, roughly translates as “door without air drafts.” Inside tall buildings, during Winter, if you open a door at the entrance, it usually makes cold air rush inside the building.

 

Purpose of Revolving Doors and the Stack Effect

This draft of cold air is due to gravity, and the way it affects air volume of different temperatures. Cold air is denser than warm air, which changes air pressure, and when there’s a hole made by a traditional door opening at the ground floor of a building, the denser colder air forces inside, pushing up the lighter and warmer air out holes at the top of the building.

 

This is called the stack effect. You can witness this in construction sites where the majority of the building is covered with a plastic tarp. Next time you see one of these, notice how the plastic tarps get sucked in at the building’s bottom, and pushed out near the top. The stack effect is magnified by height. This is why you never see revolving doors inside low rise buildings. The stack effect also increases as the temperature changes between inside and out, making it stronger in Winter than Summer.

 

Revolving doors help limit how much air rushes into a building, because unlike regular doors, the outside and inside of the building doesn’t get a direct connection as people enter and exit. Newer buildings have different ways of reducing the air leakages associated with the stack effect; they use compartmentalization, where floors are self isolated and elevator shafts are fully sealed, highly reducing the stack effect.

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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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