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Front Door Maintenance Tips

Front Door Maintenance Tips

Regardless of the material with which they are constructed, the lifespan of front doors is usually dependent on a large combination of criteria including frequency of use and even the weather. The proper maintenance of a front door is one element of responsible housekeeping – which not only sustains the aesthetic appeal of the main entrance of your home, but also sustains the security of your family and property.


Types of Front Doors

Wood Doors

Often considered a more aesthetically pleasing option compared to steel or fiberglass, wood doors give consumers the possibility to accent their house with a custom, handcrafted design. However, wood requires a great deal of maintenance, but if this work is completed properly on a regular schedule, the doors can maintain their quality for countless years. If you happen to own a door made of a luxe wood like mahogany, make sure to repaint and refinish them once every one to two years to prevent any splitting or warping, common issues that affect all doors. Increasing heat in Summer months can also cause doors to stick as their wood starts to expand – it’s never a good idea to shave down the area of the door that’s sticking out, but if this happens a quick repair can be completed in which the door is taken off it’s hinges and any dirt or particulates is cleaned off it’s border, making it easier to close.


Steel Doors

This durable, strong, and tough material is reliable for indoor use, but can quickly degrade when exposed to rain, snow, or salt air. However, if the area in which the door would be installed is free from these environmental concerns, steel doors would be a fantastic choice due to their relative low price and easy method of installation. Maintenance of steel doors usually requires the use of a sander and then auto filler to repair minor dents.


Fiberglass Doors

These doors can provide the illusion of looking like wood, and requires very little maintenance as it isn’t affected by weather conditions. The only maintenance fiberglass doors usually need is a coat of paint every 10 to 15  years. Regardless of the kind of material your door is made of, it’s important to replace any gaskets or weather stripping every 5 years. Weather stripping and gaskets are installed along the edges of the doorframe and the door’s bottom, preventing gaps and keeping any sort of moisture (from leaks, air, or rain) from coming inside the door – this also helps your home be more energy efficient!

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Best Business Access Controls

Best Business Access Controls

Are you searching for the proper solution to implement access controls to prevent any unwanted people to enter your building during the normal working hours? Controlled access systems can be a fantastic solution that save you both money and time. Since there’s a huge amount of controlled access systems on the market, it’s certain that any sort of business owner can find one perfect for their specific security, safety, and budgetary needs.


Code-Punch Access Systems

These access systems are regularly used by organizations and businesses like daycare centers that want to ensure that only specific people will be able to enter the building. They can be installed in lieu with calpads, security cameras, or real-time monitoring systems so that people who want to enter who aren’t employees given an access code can be viewed by an interior employee and either let inside or turned away.


Card Swiping Access Systems

These systems let any staff members of your organization to use custom-given badges to get access through the building’s front entrance. These systems are ideal solutions if you want to allow people to enter the building itself, but limit access to certain areas within the building. Many businesses and organizations from retail stores, to banks, hospitals, or government buildings use these systems to provide employees an easy way of entering for the day. If an employee leaves your organization, their card can be deactivated on the spot, so there’s no risk of a disgruntled employee entering your place of work. Cards can be reprogrammed, and deactivated if they are lost or stolen, eliminating the risk of unwanted access.


Employee Self-Managed Access Systems

Many businesses need to exert very rigorous control over who is able to enter the building. These sort of systems consider any visitor an unauthorized visitor until they are approved to enter the building. Anybody who comes to the entrance and wants to come inside must be buzzed in by someone who is already working inside the building. Through video security systems, and remote monitoring systems, employees inside the building can see exactly who is standing outside to confirm their identity. Many venues such as jewelers, pawn shops, convenience stores, gas stations, and check-cashing or Moneygram services implement this type of security system for their own security – even school and government buildings are beginning to use this system to help increase their own security.


There’s a ton of different types of business access controls; so the wisest course of action to take when you’re trying to decide which one to purchase is to speak to an expert. The seasoned and experienced technicians at Dori Doors are experts in business access controls; simply give us a call, tell us about the specific needs of your business, and we will tell you everything you need to know.


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Children and Door Locks

If you have children, you’re sure to want to make sure that both them and your home are as safe as possible. In the world we live in, it’s common for both parents to let their children arrive at home by themselves, with their own set of keys. This has potential problems that could arise for these reasons:

Common Risks with Children and Door Locks

Children can leave their keys in a conspicuous place on their person, or on their desk. Usually they aren’t aware of the specific danger in advertising your keys to strangers. Any key that’s visible could potentially be photographed with a smartphone, and then decoded using an app – allowing copies of the key to be made. This is a risk even when your child is among people that you know – many home robberies are performed by people who have already been in your home, aware of what you have, who have perhaps spotted your child’s keys somewhere easy to swipe. Children also commonly lose keys, misplace them without realizing.

Here’s some tips on re enforcing the security of your home against the common mistakes that children often make regarding their keys.  Try to allow your children entrance access to only a single door, or install an electronic keypad deadbolt. Your child can be given a code to access the door, which is a lot more secure of an option than giving them a physical key. If you wish, you can install an entry camera, which allows you to monitor the door to make sure your children aren’t bringing in any unwanted guests. You can use double keyed deadbolts on all the other doors, allowing you a safety barrier to monitor who’s coming into your home. As a matter of safety, have all your children call or text you when they enter the house, or if they have forgotten the code. This security method is also fantastic for letting anyone in, from maid, to cleaners, to dog or house sitters – the codes can be programmed for individual people and can be changed or deleted at any point in time.

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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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How to Avoid Locksmith Scams


Don’t fall victim to Mock Locksmith Scams

Many cities have scam locksmiths, which pose with realistic online listings to nab up customers. Despite Google’s supposed monitoring systems, many scam locksmiths are able to get results high up on Google searches. Many of these scam locksmiths are unlicensed contractors, hired by out of state call centers, called Lead Generators, who make profit by tricking Google to provide their users fake listings claiming physical locations, when in reality the listings don’t have any true physical locations.

Lead Generator Syndicates

The purpose of these lead generators is to extract as much cash from customers as is possible. The basic method of doing this is having a phone representative giving the customer a low estimate, around 20 dollars, but the contractor demanding much higher than that once they get to the location – a form of highway robbery, where most people will grudgingly pay ny price to be let back inside their vehicle or homes. It’s a bait and switch trick that’s growing more common across the country.

Google Scam Monitoring

While Google is committed to stop the proliferation of scam companies, it’s doing so at a very slow pace. Lead Generators go so far as to photoshop fake buildings onto Google maps, and flooding AdWords and other paid advertising services with ads for absurdly cheap service. Many of these scam companies are run by Israelis who use Israel based employment websites to find workers and systems like Google’s My Business to craft up fake listings. Google does, in fact, have oversight for these listings, as pointed out in a recent NY Times article that profiles a self-styled “google vigilante” who was deleting scam locksmith profiles from Google Maps. Frustrated with Google’s seemingly slow pace in removing these ads, he posted a fake link to a marijuana dispensary onto Google maps – and lost his Google job. Technically, through the Communications Decency Act, Google is not responsible for fake information published on their servers, even if they know in advance that the information is incorrect.

Locksmith Scam-Proof Tips

If you’re trying to figure out if a locksmith is legitimate or a scam, try following these tips.

  1. Search for an address – and if they have accreditation from the Associated Locksmiths of America. Also, check their Yelp reviews for reviews that seem like they were written by real customers, and not paid fluffers.
  2. When you call them, ask where their technicians are located, what the name of the business is, and if they have official license – and check this information against what you found in their Google listing.
  3. Ask for an advance rough estimate – if they say something unrealistically low like 20 dollars, you can be sure that it’s a scam.
  4. Ask to see the locksmith’s certification and ID, with a written price estimate before any work is started.
  5. When the technician arrives at your location, check if their vehicle is marked – if it’s unmarked, tell them to leave.
  6. If they say that the entire lock will need to be drilled out and replaced, ask them for a detailed explanation, or if there are any alternatives.
  7. Don’t ever hand over your cash or credit card unless you’re satisfied with their estimate – only taking upfront cash is additionally a major sign of a fake locksmith.
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Top Three High Security Locks

Best Business Access ControlsEveryone wants their business or home to be as secure as possible. Making sure that your existing locks are functioning properly can keep your property secure. However, in some situations, you might need a higher level of security. If this is the situation, you might want to expand your lock search beyond the traditional knob and deadbolt locks that are commonly on the market. Although these locks work well at keeping the average individual out of your property, professional lock pickers can disable these locks quite quickly. If you are keeping valuables on your property, it’s a practical choice to use a high security lock for protection. Here’s the three most popular high security locks on the market.


Schlage Deadbolt

This lock is somewhat more expensive than other comparable locks, however it is constructed with higher quality. This deadbolt resists drill tests, and is made out of an incredibly strong material that prevents the screws from being drilled out. It’s equipped with 4 security pins (spool pins) that make it much harder to compromise than any other comparable lock. It’s dense, heavy construction prevents it from being bumped, raked, or picked  – especially by the typical burglar. If you live in a house, this one-time expense is certainly worth the hefty price tag.

Mul-T Lock

One of the most popular manufacturers of high security locks, Mul-T-Lock’s offerings are very popular among businesses. Their MT-5 lock is particularly popular; it boasts bump, pick, and drill resistance, making it very difficult for even the most experienced burglar to disassemble. The Mul-T-Lock restricted keyway design also makes their locks an attractive choice for businesses, since the keyway copies can only be duplicated at authorized Mul-T-Lock dealer, and only with an included magnetic strip key. This helps business owners keep close watch over the control of their keys, making sure no criminal gets their hands on them. However, this added security comes with some extra charge – it’s more expensive, usually, to copy a Mul-T-Lock key than a standard one.


Medeco Options

Medeco is another leading maker of high security deadbolts that can be used for both homes and businesses. Particularly of note is their Maxum deadbolt type, which contains rotating pins inside the cylinder that resist any drills or picks. They additionally offer a vast variety of high security lock options at varying security grades and prices – allowing consumers to find the absolute best lock for their home or business.

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Door Types and Exit Device Regulations


Man is opening the emergency door.

There’s official legal codes that dictate what kind of exit devices should be included in buildings – these are called compliance codes. Just as there are many variations in the design, appearance, and function of doors, there’s wide variation in types of exit devices. Depending on what kind of door you have, different models of exit devices, and installation methods are warranted. In this short blog post, I’ll provide some detail about the most common kinds of door / exit devices combinations, and how they function.

Accessible Route Doors

These doors are regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by congress. The law stipulates that the locks on these doors must be able to be operated by applying under five pounds of force – this ensures that anyone can open these doors regardless of their physical condition. Additionally, the law requires that any lock devices on these doors can be operated without any sort of wrist rotation, tight grasping, or pinching. There’s a bunch of specific laws – as well as exceptions – for these accessible route doors; in order to make sure that your locks are up to code, it’s wise to consult a professional locksmith.


Fire Doors

These doors are installed in buildings to make sure that anybody in the building can quickly, and safely, leave the building – while additionally making sure that the fire doesn’t spread to any other areas of the building before it can be extinguished. Because of this, it’s necessary to get official approval before making any changes to the locking hardware on fire doors. These changes, if they skirt regulations, should be checked with the manufacturer of the door before being enacted. A possibility is to have an inspector sent to the physical location to make sure that any changes will be safely enacted – however, this can be costly.


Egress Doors

These doors have regulations that vary based on the amount of occupants inside buildings as well as the use-purpose of the building. These doors can be unlatched with a single “operation” – meaning a single physical interaction with a mechanism, but some exclusions to exist. Sometimes double-sided deadbolts can be used in commercial locations, religious locations, and places of assembly which hold less than 300 people. The regulations insist that if a double cylinder deadbolt is being utilized, there has to be a sign next to the door that states that the door has to stay unlocked when any individuals are in the room. The law also stipulates that there is apparent obvious distinguishment between unlocked and locked states of the door – it’s recommended that if you’re installing Egress doors on your property that you should discuss it with a certified locksmith familiar with the local regulations.


Since there’s a massive amount of complex regulations that stipulate how the above doors and their exit devices should be installed and maintained, it’s of primary importance to discuss your plans with a certified and experienced locksmith who can educate you about the legal codes in your area. Improper or illegal installation of these doors is not only a legal liability that can cost you a great deal of money, but it actually compromises the safety of anybody that’s in the building. Make sure to be proactive to ensure the safety of all the building’s occupants.

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Unpickable Locks for Doors

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Lock picking takes a lot of well honed finesse and skill. That being said, there are many expert lock pickers out that have the skills and experience to break many commercially available door locks. The trick to finding a lock that can’t be picked is to find a lock that’s somewhat unique and rare. Usually normal keyways with tumblers and pins are easily picked. Locks with security pins provide somewhat more resistance, but they’re still not ideal. The structure of the keyway or key has to be able to completely throw off the person attempting to pick your lock. Here’s a list of four fantastic locks that easily resist even the most advanced lock pickers.


Shi-He Chi-Me U-lock

Featuring an obstructed keyway with sharp turns and curves, this unique lock is impervious to picks because of it’s internal turns and tension. The key itself is a semi circular metal disc with extended protuberances. It’s made and sold in China, but isn’t even that widely used there. This lock is truly unique looking – and any criminal, of any skill level, would have an incredibly difficult time even guessing how it works, no less breaking the code.

HYT Chain Key

This unique lock and key blend is called a chain key because the key is a loose chain that’s placed into the lock. This allows for a unique curved keyway that resists the insertion of any tools. Without the key itself, and not being able to see the inside of the keyway, it’s impossible to guess the unique pattern hidden after the keyways curve. The chained key is somewhat delicate, however it’s truly unpickable.


August Smart Lock

This lock is exclusively opened via smartphone. It works on battery power, and won’t open automatically even if the power cuts out. It’s pick-proof, and can only be opened via a direct code inside your phone.



This magnetic lock, similar to the magnetic MIWA lock, albeit more complex, involves a key with circular cuts as well as an integrated unique magnetic pattern. Without access to the one-of-a-kind personal key, any aspiring lock-breaker will find that it’s impossible to pick the lock.


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Choosing the Best Door for your Business

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It’s practical and smart to make sure that your business has the best possible doors installed to serve the needs of the location. Many businesses put far too little time into choosing doors that can provide total solutions to their service needs. They simply work with the door already in place or choose the cheapest possible option. However, by choosing the best possible service door, you’re being provided with much more than a simple entrance way – you’re upgrading the convenience, aesthetic appeal, and efficiency of your business. Here are a number of considerations to think about when deciding the door for your business.

Technical Operation

You may choose to preserve the same door system currently in place at your business if it’s operating fine; Still, it helps to understand the many options that you may choose from. The most popular choice is a classic push/pull style door – this option works great with many industries. However, by upgrading to a mechanical or automatic sliding system, you may speed up the work efficiency of your office, as well as reducing the risk of injury when employees are transporting heavy objects or boxes in and out of the office. It’s important to study all the functionality and efficiency needs of your office, and search for the door that perfectly works for those needs. Are you constantly transporting large objects that need to be disassembled before passing through? Consider upgrading to a series of double doors that open wide, so you can push objects out on a roller rather than having to struggle with disassembly.

Long-Lasting Durability

Investing in a strong and durable door helps boost the security of your business exponentially. Many systems that offer heavy duty security can make a huge difference in the integrity of businesses located in rough or high crime neighborhoods. Thick doors or doors with installed insulation can help minimize energy costs in situations where you are using air conditioning or heating.


Security isn’t simply an issue of preventing forced entry, but a matter of ensuring the overall safety of your business. You need to be considering all manners of risks, including the unfortunate possibility of fire or water damage. It’s important to assess the structural integrity of your existing doors, noting how strong it would operate in case of one of these security issues; if you feel like the existing door doesn’t measure up to your standard of safety, it might be best to upgrade it.


It’s important to consider the visual aspect of your commercial door – it is, of course, the first thing most customers will see in your business. You want to choose a door that really stands for your business – that represents its visual toning, color, mood, aesthetic. A common choice in doors is wood – it has a huge variety of finishes that can be matched with a building’s interior and exterior to pass on a mood of rusticness, homeyness, or high-end luxury. Aluminum doors are great for businesses looking for a modern look – and are available in a huge variety of styles, not to mention being incredibly durable, sleek, and inexpensive. Steel doors provide the highest security – but is still available in custom designs at an inexpensive price.


Businesses looking to repair or replace their front doors should assess exactly what door would be perfect for their location, and contact a door installation professional. Professionals can provide extensive knowledge of custom door designs, can complete installations quickly and efficiently, and lastly (if you find the perfect service) can provide materials at a steep discount you’d be unable to find working on your own.


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Commercial Exterior Doors

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Nothing should stand between you and your view.

Deciding the best door for your business is a matter of aesthetics, practicality, and security. You want your space to stand out from among the sprawl of New York City, but retain a strong element of practicality and professionalism. The ideal choice provides the best functionality, style, and security for your commercial space – luckily, these days there are a number of different categories of doors readily available.

Metal Doors

This option is perfect for those who want to give their space a sleek contemporary tone. Often affordably priced, metal doors can be engineered to the density you desire – whether you want a hollow, easy to open door, or the security of a dense heavy door. Metal doors last longer (on an average of 10 years) than wooden or fiberglass doors, and are damage and vandal resistant. These are most commonly used on exteriors of commercial buildings, and are often made of a hollow metal shell reinforced with insulation.

Wooden Doors

Wooden doors add a luxurious and classical flair to businesses. There are a massive variety of wood textures, colors, and finishes – all of which can be catered to your personal taste. Wooden doors are ideal in commercial environments that require a smaller budget; inexpensively priced, wooden doors are available with pre-finished veneers – examples are “paint grade” and “sanded.” College grade doors are another option – synthetic wood which resists clipping and degradation – and are an ideal in high traffic environments.

 Glass Doors

For those looking for a super luxe way to add light and texture to their business, glass doors are an excellent choice. Glass can come in many textures – paneled, pebbled, clouded, ridged – all of which help blend indoor and outdoor living spaces. Resigned glass with inset patterns are another option which can help provide a distinctive and unique look to rooms. While expensive, glass doors aren’t as delicate as one might assume – as many fiberglass infused options provide additional structural integrity, sound-proofing, and low-reflectivity.

Glass Kits

Horizontal or vertically aligned window panels are a fantastic option for those looking to reveal more light in their space. Wooden or metallic doors can be pre-installed with window sets made of clear glass or durable plastic – or specialized Low E2 glass, which prevents indoor heat from leaking out during the winter, and from outdoor heat coming in during the summer.

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