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Top Reasons for Lock Change

Residential locks find the need to be replaced from time to time – for varying reasons. Here’s a list of the most common reasons that door locks are changed.

Worn Out Locks

As time passes, many locks can deteriorate exponentially. Rust and metal degradation can render previously working locks completely ineffective. Make sure to inspect locks to find evidence of wearing or damage that would call for replacement locks – this includes any rusty metal, or if you have any difficulty putting your key inside the lock. Not only do worn out locks pose a security risk to your household, but they can also lock you outside your home.


Phantom Spare Keys

It’s important to always remember exactly who has spare keys to your home – whether you gave it to them or not. Keep track of anyone who has them, and whether they still do. If you find that keys you’ve given to friends to hold on to, or to repair people when you’re not home are missing, choose to change your locks – just to be safe. You can’t put a price on the safety of your household.

When you’re moving somewhere new.

Even if your real estate agent, landlord, or the home’s previous owner gives you their personal keys themselves, it’s pretty smart to have the locks changed anyway. Burglars can be craftier than you think – they can sneak into known landlord or realtor homes or offices to steal their property keys for easy entry.

Brand new Housemates

Even if you were in a good place with your roommates/housemates when they moved out, it’s always wise to change your locks when they move out. There’s no way of knowing if they gave their spare key to a friend, or if any unauthorized copies were made. Trust us, we’ve heard of nightmare situations where former roommates used old homes as mid-afternoon shower pads when they’ve had access to it. Nobody wants that.


If you or your child misplaced your keys.

This is good for peace of mind. You don’t know where your keys went; it just makes it easier to know you’re safe if you’ve changed your locks. Even if you end up finding whatever keys you lost, there’s no way of knowing whether they were clandestinely copied by somebody without your permission or knowledge.


In the event of a Breakup

These situations involve disagreements over ownership of domestic possessions, or access to the home. While it might seem like a drastic move to changeover locks, it can absolutely provide some closure or peace if one cannot peacefully remain in a home with their partner.


After Burglaries

This might be surprising but it’s not uncommon for burglars to return to the scene of the crime to steal from the very same property. Think of it this way – they’re already familiar with the home’s layout, and perhaps they laid their eyes on some valuables that they didn’t have the chance to scoop up the first time. Don’t let this possibility come to fruition.

Even if none of these situations are the case, if you don’t remember when you last got your locks switched, it’s wise to update them anyway. This can be incredibly beneficial – especially if you have old locks, as more modern mechanisms are much better suited for the break-in technology that’s proliferated around today.

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Custom Door Installation NYC

Our new project is a custom door installation  NYC for the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Residence in Brooklyn provides permanent housing with support in a single-site building with 24-hour staff support for adults with serious mental illness, co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders and adults with HIV/AIDS. Tenants are provided with rental stipends and case management/supportive services on an as-needed basis. Tenants pay 30% of gross monthly income towards rent that shelters people with special needs. These doors are for very heavy traffic. Exterior fronts also have an added element for wind and cold weather. The doors are aluminum to match the building’s original design (the vision glass around the doors).

customm door installation NYC

Type of Door Install:

Clear anodize aluminum

Frame 2×4 1/2″

Doors wide style 5″ around vision

10″ bottom rail

Door Hardware Installation:

Full mortise continuo hinges double Bering heavy duty

Von duprin push to exit device

Aromatic heavy duty door closer norton 6000


Security desk can open and swing doors remotely

Wheel chair can push button to swing doors (not manually for easy excess)

Original doors were double doors, we changed to a single door. The existing doors were not good for heavy traffic. When there is an additional entrance in a building such as Service Entrance (service entrances are always double doors and are used for deliveries or similar services)  and if the front door needs to be automatic, it should be a single door. Single doors are the best solution for wheel chair accessibility which was the case for this building with many wheel chairs coming in and out all the time.

New doors were replaced with Center single door 42″ (more the standard 36″) more convenient for smooth access in and out especially on wheel chair.

custom door project sketch

The Process Of Custom Door Installation

1-      First appointment meeting the client

2-      Dori Doors gets all info about the traffic of the doors for example if only for tenants or also for deliveries.

Delivery entrances need doors with more room for the dolly and boxes.

3-      Dori Doors suggests better operating solutions.

4-      Presents Estimate with drawing and cut sheets.

5-      Then customer revises, in this case customer also added request of automatic operators (closers)

6-      Dori Doors revised and sent Estimate with new request.

7-      Approval

8-      Project execution.

Total process time : This project took 20 weeks


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A Door of Heroic Proportions: Clear Tempered Frameless Glass Doors

The door is an important element of the home or office that plays a variety of roles when it comes to décor and utility. Different types of doors can make a substantial impact when it comes to security and accessibility, the open feeling in a floor plan, and the transitions that people experience as they move throughout a space. If you consider these elements to be important when shaping the space in which you live or work, then the Clear Tempered Frameless Glass door can provide the solutions that meet your individual needs.

More Than Mere Beauty

This type of door represents a leading model in full-glass, frame-less doors. In both the home and the office, the Clear Tempered Frameless Glass creates an entrance that is both secure and highly-pleasing when it comes to aesthetics. While the design is carefully constructed using high standards, the door itself comes with a wide variety of options for the hardware. This type of door can be completely customized in order to enhance or compliment the space with which you are working. Ideal for the front entrance of the office, both the installation and repair of this door can be easily handled by  professionals. They work with the concerns of customers in order to provide them with a frame-less door that communicates sophistication and modern appeal.

Understanding the Craftsmanship

The Clear Tempered Frameless Glass model offers customers extraordinary value in terms of appearance, durability, and price. Once installed, the home and office is given a breath of fresh air that few other installations can match. The clear glass welcomes visitors and contributes to the apparent size of the space in which it is installed. The glass can come in a variety of thickness, according to the needs of the space being considered. Typical panes range between a quarter of an inch to one inch in thickness. The styles available for hardware also include freedom for clients concerned with security. Many different locking devices with varying levels of sophistication can be installed. Additionally, the handle offers customers versatility as well. The rails for the handles can be completed using bronze, chrome, and brass finishes.

Considering Every Detail

The selection of handles also offers a wealth of variety. Half-circle installations, vertical bars, and horizontal handles can all be installed with the glass. Once in place, even the smallest repairs can be made easily without the need to replace the entirety of the hardware. These flexible elements include a floor closer. Buyers also have the option of installing panic bars in order to designate these doors as an emergency exit. For Installation and Service of Clear Tempered Frameless Glass Doors in NYC contact www.doridoors.com

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Selecting the Right Office Door for your Business

Exterior office doors can leave a lasting impression on first-time customers. There is always that anxious feeling of what lies on the other side of a door, regardless of what the visit may be in for. Doctors, attorneys, investment brokers, and retail establishments spend thousands of dollars each year to attract new visitors, but an exterior front door can leave a solid imprint on a visitor’s mind.

Appealing Metal Doors

Metal doors are used for heavy traffic and add an air of longevity and security. Once, this protection only came in the form of flat gray color, hosting locks and simple hardware. This has all changed with designs that are more welcoming to the eye. Six-panel metal doors that yield a brushed painted finish can soften the harsh industrial presence of the traditional institutional gray. Fitted with an easy to use pull-down handle, a wood-tone, pastel, or light gray entrance door can bring the front of a building to life.

Dramatic Full Length Glass

There is nothing lovelier than a sparkling view of what lies inside of a window. If your company has an astonishing decor, show it off with a full-length glass door. A sturdy aluminum frame can outline the clear glass, while keeping tempered glass securely in place. Add a slight tint for removing glare and make the interior appear inviting. The most popular frames are bronze and champagne in color, for a dazzling, upscale design.

Prestigious Wood Exterior Doors

Nothing says prominence like a well-crafted wood door. If you have an office that is held within a building, or have a weather-protecting overhang to limit exposure, wood is a great choice in a commercial exterior entry door. Mahogany and walnut are two types of wood that will signify your pride and to invite new clients into your area. Carvings and exceptional trimmings allow you to be as simple or as extravagant in how you wish your company to be perceived.

Take the time to make this important choice in the gateway of your establishment. New clients will remember their first visit by the lasting impression of your front door. If you are unsure of what type of door is best suited for your specialty, invest in the knowledge of a designer. Many door companies offer this service at no charge. Consider your entrance as a form of advertising because it will announce who and what you are about.

If you’re looking to revamp your Office doors and Custom Door installations in NYC contact the professionals at DORI DOORS.

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Fire Rated Doors


Components: Style &Types

Fire-rated doors are made in a variety of styles and come as a completed assembly including the frame and associated hardware, such as hinges, a latch, lock or the required closing device. Dori Doors in NYC installs fire rated doors that meet NYC codes. We also correct code violations with onsite repairs.

These doors are offered from stock on hand from manufacturers who also assist in developing the best door to suit any particular need. Among these are:

  • Hollow metal doors—typically installed on the building exterior and built to withstand the elements. These doors are also used in stairwells, on elevators and for janitor’s closets where moisture is often an issue.
  • Wood doors—providing a natural complement to a building’s architecture. Wood doors are produced from a variety of species allowing for the choice of stain options. Other options include bullet proofing, lead lining or acoustical treatment.
  • Fiberglass doors—best suited for harsh environments such as pools, water treatment facilities and chemical, manufacturing or sewage plants where the doors need to resist splitting, warping or rotting.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines the methodology used in determining fire-resistance ratings. Basically, ratings indicate an hourly duration of exposure to fire and its intensity. Testing fire-rated doors calls for exposing the door to its prescribed duration of fire exposure while it is mounted in the wall of a test furnace. This controlled fire conforms to the standard time-temperature curve and is applied to only one side of the door. The test ends either at the point of passing having reached the expected fire protection rating or at the point of failure.

Benefits of Installing Fire-Rated Doors

There are numerous benefits gained by installing fire-rated doors, including:

  • Slowing down the progression of a fire sufficiently to allow occupants safe egress
  • Providing a fire barrier that retards the spread of fire for a specific time limit
  • Limiting the spread of heat, smoke and toxic gases
  • Limiting the extent of fire damage

The purpose of fire-rated doors is to prevent smoke and flames from spreading throughout a building in the event of a fire. The doors must be closed during a fire to be effective. In this way, fire is compartmentalized allowing occupants the time needed to safely evacuate the building. The fire rating correlates to the amount of time the door will hold back the fire providing from 20 to 180 minutes egress route protection as designated by a letter code.

Fire-Rated Door Installation NYC

Dori Doors NYC is the leading door Installation Company for fire rated doors.

Fire rated doors are required for emergency exits, boiler rooms, and apartment front doors in NYC. Fire rated doors are also available with decorative recessed panels which can be painted. Dori Doors also carries fire rated doors in different finishes. There are a number of factors to pay attention to in the installation of fire-rated doors to ensure they keep their rating upon inspection. Doors need to be self-closing and self-latching with the appropriate fire-labeled hardware installed. Gaskets and edge seals need to be intact to prevent any gaps when the doors are closed. No part of the required fire-rated label can be painted over.

Fire-Rated Door Repair NYC

To ensure safety of occupants and property protection, it is important to have skilled technicians install and repair fire-rated doors. An insured contractor brings the technical knowledge to the job of making sure fire-rated doors are working as they have been designed and are maintained in a manner that keeps their rating in accordance with NFPA Standards.



NYC Fire Rated Door Regulation http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/cc_chapter7.pdf




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Common Door Problems in Winter and Fixes


The mainstay of your door is upkeep. In the wintertime, a door’s outer-facing surface may combat the harshest cold to the hottest heat. If the door is wood, it might soak up water from humidity and release it during a dry and bitter plunge in temperature. Beyond the structure or material of the door itself are the helping parts, like the health of the frame, its hinges, jamb and hardware— screws, drywall or molding and even stress cracks. If your door isn’t working properly, we can help. Here are some possible issues doors face in the winter and how you can fix them or prevent them yourself.

 Door binds in upper corner

 In the winter, a door or a door frame may release its water content. This changes the way a door opens and closes. It also puts a great amount of stress on the geometry of the door. For instance, on the jamb. To prevent or fix this is simple.

Fix: Before the season changes, and if you notice the jamb beginning to catch, replace your old screws with new ones. The new screws should be of a slightly larger make so that they can reserve more balance on the swing of the door. So, drill pilot holes a little deeper in the existing holes. These screws will relieve the pressure from the bind and help it sit plumb in its best working position.

  Door wont latch

 If your door won’t stay latched because of a temperature delineation, such as a quick shift from hot to cold, you may have to analyze your strike plate. The strike plate is used mainly for the deadbolt which is imperative for home security. If by resizing and drilling deeper pilot holes doesn’t lessen its lean, you may have to either replace a door, or re-adjust your strike plate.

Fix: To readjust the strike plate you have several options. Always mark and measure where the new room is needed to fit the strike plate. If possible, file the metal where space is needed. It that doesn’t fit your predicament, unscrewing the plate, and then chiseling into the jamb for room, then establishing the screw plate slightly higher or over will fix the issue at hand.

 Screws are loose

 After longtime use, screws may loosen in their drill holes. In this case, they might have a difficult time pulling the wood into its rings and staying secure. There are two main fixes for this.

Fix: Exit the old screws from the place where they are being forced out and reinsert screws of a slightly larger diameter. If another size screw will not work, consider applying a dowel. Glue dowels with applicable dowel glue into the holes and allow them to dry completely. When completely dry, drill new pilot holes and re-insert and install components.

 Door stays open

 If a door is uneven or not plumb in its frame, the door might be oft to swing and stay open. An open door in the summer or winter is not good, especially when it lets in rain and snow by just turning the handle and having it fall out of your control quickly.

Fix: For this issue, either re-drill holes for bigger screws, or create a shim. A shim can be placed behind screws in the hinges. Note where there is a bind or where the door pulls from the hinge. Is it more from top or bottom? Place shims in response to even the swing of the door.

 Door latch misses strike plate

 When the winter causes your door latch to loosen it may strike the strike plate. Repeated use of a door will cause this to happen frequently. Don’t worry so much about this. It’s easier than re-adjusting the strike plate as we mentioned above.

Fix: Screw in the strike plate. If the strike plate has preferred a certain angle because of warping tap or lightly hammer the strike plate until it is positioned correctly to again accept the latch.

 Door Surfaces/Weatherproofing

 To prevent the surface of your door from warping or cracking, think about a good weatherproofing material or coat.

Fix: If you’ve already aligned your door, adjusted strike plates, hinges and latches, ask about door weatherproofing materials that can preserve the integrity of your door and frame. There are a number of door weatherproofing materials on the market. Find one that best matches your door and apply it by instruction or by a professional hardware store opinion.


 It’s common for the winter to let in cool air, and challenge your door with its wintry elements. Weatherstripping is your best friend for sealing these unwanted ingredients from accessing your entry way and saving you some money on your energy bill. Weather stripping may be made of metal, vinyl, rubber felt or foam. Those are the common materials. Weatherstripping comes in kits but if you’re not sure how much to apply ask a store helper for the exact amount to apply to your door. Fill in the cracks where needed. This will not only keep with the heat bill, but it will make your door snug. Here’s what to do.

Fix: Clean all applicable surfaces thoroughly. This will help the weather stripping adhere to its surface. Clean jambs and all surfaces then allow it to dry. Measure and cut the weatherstripping to what you need. Peel the adhesive and fit plumb.

 Winter Squeak

 If your door is squeaky, it’s likely that the jambs and hinges have been removed of their oils. Like locks, they will need some light lubricant to take the squeaks out.

Fix: At your hardware store, purchase some silicone. Remove all door pins that allow the door to swing and coat with a thin amount of silicon. Note: you can also use graphite or another recommended product useful on doors. Say goodbye to the winter squeak.


Don’t want to do the above fixes yourself? Contact a professional door repair company in NYC, Dori Doors has been installing and repairing commercial doors for over 14 Years in NYC.


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